Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2011

"Veteran journalist Dillow (co-author: Where the Money Is: True Tales from the Bank Robbery Capital of the World, 2003) does an admirable job shaping the narrative, though the edge and attitude are all White's."
A baseball memoir that pulls no punches as it settles scores and attempts to set the record straight. Read full book review >
THE TIMELESS SWING by Tom  Watson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 29, 2011

"An excellent visual reference that can be stored in a golf bag for use on the course."
A picture-heavy instruction manual from PGA Hall of Famer Watson that pays particular attention to improving posture and swing. Read full book review >

BRANCH RICKEY by Jimmy Breslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2011

"Quirky, idiosyncratic, oddly balanced and surpassingly entertaining."
This entry in the Penguin Lives series focuses on Branch Rickey's game-changing efforts to bring Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers, shattering baseball's race barrier. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS WITH MARTIN SCORSESE by Richard Schickel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2011

"A feast for cineastes."
In the manner of Hitchcock/Truffaut (1967) and Cameron Crowe's Conversations with Wilder (1999), movie critic and documentarian Schickel (Clint: A Retrospective, 2010, etc.) gabs collegially with Martin Scorsese. Read full book review >
56 by Kostya Kennedy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2011

"A fine baseball book and an expert social history."
Sports Illustrated senior editor Kennedy follows the days of Joe DiMaggio's immortal hitting streak, evoking the mood of a long-gone America to which DiMaggio was a central figure. Read full book review >

ONE FOR THE AGES by Tom Clavin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2011

"For golf fans, of course, but also for anyone who cherishes signature moments in sports history."
A stirring account of the most memorable victory of golf's greatest champion. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 30, 2010

"Inspirational, enlightening and, above all, enjoyable—a revealing window into the private world of consummate music making."
The legendary American pianist recounts the many stages of his storied career. Read full book review >
DECODED by Jay-Z
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 16, 2010

"Heartfelt, passionate and slick—an essential hip-hop book."
Hip-hop's renaissance man drops a classic. Read full book review >
SOUL MINING by Daniel Lanois
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"There's really nothing like this oft-rapturous work in the canon of musical memoirs."
The master musician and producer offers a typically idiosyncratic take on his life and art. Read full book review >
APOLLO'S ANGELS by Jennifer Homans
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 2, 2010

"The author artfully choreographs a huge, sometimes unruly cast, producing a work of elegance, emotion and enduring importance."
A magisterial and often moving history of the silent art by a former dancer and current journalist. Read full book review >
JOE LOUIS by Randy Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"All legendary athletes should hope for treatment by such capable, compassionate hands."
A sympathetic, moving life of the Brown Bomber by veteran cultural historian and biographer Roberts (History/Purdue Univ.; The Rock, the Curse, and the Hub: A Random History of Boston Sports, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
LIFE by Keith Richards
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2010

"'A jury of my peers would be Jimmy Page, a conglomeration of musicians, guys that have been on the road and know what's what,' Richards growls. Let no mere mortal judge him, then, but merely admire both his well-written pages and his stamina."
The dread pirate Richards, scourge of straight society and rock icon, bares all—including a fang or two. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >