Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

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 >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 2012

"A cultural history of sports that says as much about all of us as it does about athletes."
A brief but enlightening history of the athlete as a cultural icon. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2012

"Spain's dominance is remarkable, especially because of the long odds that the country's history forced its players to overcome, and Burns rises to the challenge of telling this intertwined saga."
The story of the rise of Spanish soccer against a deeply divided political background. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2012

"A remarkably timely dispatch from the turbulent Land of Oz."
A Chicago Sun-Times sports columnist examines the highly idiosyncratic ways of Ozzie Guillen, baseball's most controversial manager. Read full book review >
LEFTY by Vernona Gomez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2012

"An amiable portrait of a baseball great—like Yogi Berra, Dizzy Dean and Satchel Paige—whose outsized personality looms even larger than his considerable athletic achievements."
A veteran author teams with the daughter of Vernon "Lefty" Gomez (1908-1989) for a biography of the Yankee legend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 2012

"A must for beginning golfers or players looking to get more enjoyment out of their time on the course."
New York Times golf columnist Pennington (The Heisman: Great American Stories of the Men Who Won, 2005) provides a comprehensive guide on how to get the most out of a pastime that frustrates and bewitches its devotees. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2012

"Disturbing and hard to put down."
A captivating memoir about a man's life of drug addiction and homelessness. Read full book review >
BILL VEECK by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2012

"Veeck is not as well remembered as he should be. Dickson's book is a skillful corrective."
Dickson (The Unwritten Rules of Baseball, 2009, etc.) delivers an engaging biography of Bill Veeck (1914-1986), an innovative, irascible and progressive gadfly within the staid world of baseball. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2012

"A well-told tale of friendship with baseball as the backdrop."
An exploration and celebration of deep friendship under the cloak of a baseball book. 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 >