Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A refreshing chronicle of a fervent sportsman with his head and heart in all the right places."
The smooth, composed memoir of a superstar NBA player juggling celebrity and fatherhood. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 2012

"An enjoyable and insightful look at a wild and wooly era in American sports."
Sports journalist Cook (Titanic Thompson: The Man Who Bet on Everything, 2010, etc.) recalls "pro football's raging, reckless, hormonal, hairy, druggy, drunken, immortal adolescence" of the 1970s and that era's role in making the NFL the predominant American sport. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A useful, even timely collection, even though some of the pieces are 10 years old."
A collection of smart essays and lectures by accomplished professionals in the magazine world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 2012

"An innovative, marvelous book about comedy, stereotypes and the struggle to steer through the sometimes-fierce internal debates over African-American identity in a society still struggling with its racial past."
A provocative, compelling exploration of one of the most controversial elements of the black entertainment world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Whether read straight through or dipped into at random, in times of despair or not, this is a most helpful musical sourcebook through every kind of blue."
A comprehensive, sharply written journey through the music of sadness, of every stripe and from every genre. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A loving appreciation of a rare commodity: an extraordinary athlete who was an even better man."
A neglected baseball great receives his due in this comprehensive biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"Brown is as smart as he is puckish, and there are plenty of laughs on this terrific trip through modern fame."
A hilarious collection of strange-but-true tales of encounters between the rich and famous. Read full book review >
MARILYN by Lois Banner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 17, 2012

"Surely not the last word, but a complete and honest effort and a good starting place."
Fifty years after her death and hundreds of books later, are we any closer to understanding Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)? Probably not, but this new biography brings the known facts up to date and offers a fresh, modern take on the tragic star's life and choices. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 3, 2012

"A rollicking read that captures the spirit of the team, the city and a unique moment in baseball history."
A veteran baseball writer chronicles the unlikely triumph of big-league baseball's first small-market team. Read full book review >
A SHIP WITHOUT A SAIL by Gary Marmorstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2012

"'Ev'rything I've got belongs to you,' goes one Hart lyric that now, thanks to the author's thorough, affectionate research, holds another, profoundly poignant meaning."
The author of The Label: The Story of Columbia Records (2007) returns with a deeply sympathetic biography of Lorenz Hart (1895-1943), the talented, troubled lyricist of film and Broadway fame. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2012

"Fun, enlightening pop-culture history."
It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Tye's (Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend, 2009, etc.) merry, dizzyingly detailed history of America's first and greatest superhero. Read full book review >
I AM SPARTACUS! by Kirk Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2012

"An entertaining and informative look at the troubled gestation of a film of both artistic and social significance."
He is Spartacus…and here's how it happened. 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 >