Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2011

"Especially timely given recent events throughout the Middle East, this book is recommended for anyone wishing to better understand the workings of a police state."
This harrowing memoir provides an illuminating glimpse into the security apparatus of one of the world's most repressive countries. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2011

"A real-life golf fantasy year, boldly lived and exuberantly told."
A golfer's unabashed love letter to one of the world's most spectacular courses. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2011

"A vivid freeze-frame of Hall of Fame musicians, some of whom would go on to make fine records, none ever again as central to the culture."
Through the lens of four fabulously successful musical acts, a Rolling Stone contributing editor looks at the moment 1960s idealism "began surrendering to the buzz-kill comedown of the decade ahead." Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 24, 2011

"A championship effort by two men who can rightfully lay claim to having written the book on ESPN."
The massive, eagerly anticipated oral history of ESPN. Read full book review >
ALPHABETTER JUICE by Roy Blount Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"Read in small doses, a humorous and insightful panoply of word play, political humor and linguistic inquiry."
In a follow-up to Alphabet Juice (2008), the author expands his personalized dictionary. Read full book review >

ELECTRIC EDEN by Rob Young
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 17, 2011

"A breathtakingly accomplished, entertaining and illuminating epic."
A dense, brilliant charting of England's folk-music tradition and its multiplicity of modern mutations. Read full book review >
NO SHORTAGE OF GOOD DAYS by John Gierach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 17, 2011

"Gierach's genial campfire manner and woodsy witticisms should hook more than just the average fishing fanatic."
A prolific fly-fishing expert and nature writer dispenses hard-won field-and-stream wisdom. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"A candid story that will resonate for many midlife readers."
A CBS News national correspondent reassesses his priorities after 12 successful years in the ruthlessly competitive TV news business. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 10, 2011

"By the time the big race rolls around, Leerhsen has already spun a fascinating tale."
On the centennial of the Indy 500, controversy still reigns over who won the inaugural race, as this lively account of a tumultuous event makes plain. Read full book review >
INFAMOUS PLAYERS by Peter Bart
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 3, 2011

"An irresistible insider's account of one of Hollywood's most vital and storied eras."
Hollywood, the psychedelic years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"A biography as sensationalist and superior as the daredevil himself."
Inside the life and entertainment career of America's greatest daredevil, who lived "as if his pants were on fire." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Polished, fast-paced and immensely readable—ready for the big screen."
Former Boston Globe reporter Zuckoff (Journalism/Boston Univ.; Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, 2009, etc.) delivers a remarkable survival story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >