Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

THE REENACTMENTS by Nick Flynn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2013

"Flynn's determination to better understand his life through the act of writing and remembering has yielded a truly insightful, original work."
Flynn (The Ticking Is the Bomb, 2010, etc.) writes about having his memoir made into a movie. Read full book review >
How to Take Over the World! (of Monopoly) by Daniel Bergmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 2013

"A sharp-eyed guide to dominating the playing board."
Bergmann divulges ruthless strategies and sneaky advice for winning the classic board game. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 2012

"A long and richly textured love letter to an instrument, a tradition and an art."
Schoenbaum (The United States and the State of Israel, 1993, etc.) writes fondly and expansively about the instrument he plays for pleasure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A richly detailed and well-researched biography of a fashion icon."
Intelligent account of the life and accomplishments of legendary Vogue editor-in chief, Diana Vreeland (1903-1989). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2012

"A masterful work of critical journalism."
Charting the remarkable journey of a modern musical classic, from obscurity to ubiquity. Read full book review >

ALWAYS LOOKING by John Updike
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"A rich trove of insights for art lovers of all stripes."
Final musings on mostly modern art by the prolific lion of American letters. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF OPERA by Carolyn Abbate
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 26, 2012

"Formidably knowledgeable and bracingly opinionated."
An account of opera's evolution stressing performance practices rather than theoretical mandates. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"A thorough, lovingly researched paean to a father and a way of life."
New Yorker staff writer Talbot debuts with an affectionate biography of her father, stage, screen and TV actor Lyle Talbot (1902-1996). Read full book review >
THE RICHARD BURTON DIARIES by Richard Burton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"A text that thrums with life and assures the rest is not silence."
The inspiring, salacious, sad, materialistic, insecure, arrogant, hilarious and dull ruminations of a most gifted actor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2012

"A moving tribute to an artist who should not be forgotten."
From journalist and Motown chronicler Benjaminson (The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard, 2009, etc.), a compelling, sympathetic biography of Motown's first diva Mary Wells (1943-1992). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"Meticulously researched, suspenseful and engrossing."
A comprehensive examination of hot, competitive yoga, its cultlike following and the author's immersion into the practice. Read full book review >
JEWISH JOCKS by Franklin Foer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 2012

"A must for the bookshelf of any Jewish sports fan."
A collection of essays about the most influential Jews in sports history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >