Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

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 >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2011

"Destined to take its place among the classics of baseball literature."
New York Times columnist Barry (City Lights: Stories About New York, 2007, etc.) delivers an all-angle take on the longest, and surely the strangest, game in baseball history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 2011

"Lynskey presents a difficult, risky art form in all its complexity."
An ambitious, astute summary of political songs, from the 1940s to the present. Read full book review >

WRITE MORE GOOD by The Bureau Chiefs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"Funny tips and quips celebrating the dying art of journalism and the shamefully low standards imposed on media types thanks to the Internet."
An acerbic, witty guide to journalism that, if used, would get you fired. Read full book review >
BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2011

"Highly recommended, even for those who have already read the excerpts in the New Yorker. Fey is one of the funniest people working today."
One of the world's cleverest comedy writers debuts with a frequently hilarious memoir. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2011

"Urbane, witty cultural history."
Sharp analysis of postwar-era Hollywood by a leading film critic and historian. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >