Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS by Robert J. Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A diverting ancillary note to heavier biographies."
The star of such films and TV shows as A Kiss Before Dying and It Takes a Thief revisits the architecture, fashion, restaurants and pastimes of Hollywood's golden age through anecdotes and personal memories. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Pearlman ably demonstrates how deeply flawed human beings can nonetheless create a near-flawless beauty on the court."
The sports-journalist author of Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton (2011) returns with a tough-love look at the NBA team that won five championships in the 1980s. Read full book review >

BROOKS by Doug Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nice guys do not always finish last, but they also do not necessarily make the most compelling subjects for biography."
Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, 2013) delivers a pedestrian treatment of an impressive baseball player and admirable man. Read full book review >
HIS OWNSELF by Dan Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A good book for the reactionary on your gift list."
Acclaimed sportswriter and best-selling novelist Jenkins (The Franchise Babe, 2008) writes about golf, his upbringing and how "everything was better in the '30s." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >

TURNING THE BLACK SOX WHITE by Tim Hornbaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"The history of baseball might be far different without Comiskey's role in it. This serviceable biography ensures that his role will not be forgotten."
An attempt to restore the reputation of one of professional baseball's seminal figures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"House doesn't take himself, country music or his book too seriously. Pass."
A veteran country broadcaster mixes memoir with anecdotes and corny jokes. Read full book review >
HA! by Scott Weems
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

Books analyzing humor are an extensive genre and invariably humorless. Despite a generous selection of jokes, few readers will laugh their way through this latest effort, but they will not be bored as neuroscientist Weems eschews philosophy in favor of hard science. Read full book review >
UGANDA BE KIDDING ME by Chelsea Handler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Fans of Handler's outrageous persona will find much to enjoy; the unconverted will remain so."
Further globe-trotting adventures of the scandalous talk show host. Read full book review >
LIFE IN MOTION by Misty Copeland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Interesting but self-congratulatory reading."
A celebrated African-American ballet dancer's account of her unlikely rise to stardom. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An insider investigation into the ways in which Hollywood is changing that will certainly prove invaluable in the coming years."
A yearlong chronicle of 2012's major films—from Sundance to Oscar night—highlighting the many challenges currently dogging the industry. Read full book review >
CYCLE OF LIES by Juliet Macur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Solid sports journalism, though perhaps in the service of an unworthy cause—and, cautionary tale aside, you can bet the chemists are working on something new for the next generation of racers to take."
The definitive—well, until the next exposé comes along—account of cycling champion and charlatan Lance Armstrong's well-oiled career and its sordid collapse. Read full book review >