Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Needless to say, effective humor is extremely personal. For those who have found Barry funny in a good way, these latest essays will cause outright, prolonged laughter."
Humorist Barry (You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, 2014, etc.) departs from the collections of his now-defunct syndicated newspaper column and his goofy full-length novels to write a dozen original essays gathered loosely around a theme: happiness and its discontents.Read full book review >
THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR by Michael Hicks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2015

"Though much of the writing is academically dry, this history is more provocative than readers may suspect."
A history of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, an institution that keeps most of its controversies behind closed doors. Read full book review >

BEAUTIFUL CHAOS by Carey Perloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2015

"A book for those who already agree with or will warm to the author's high-minded, often elitist stance."
A memoir and artistic manifesto regarding the author's love of highbrow, "meaningful" classical theater. Read full book review >
GIRL IN A BAND by Kim Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind."
The blonde enigma from the band that spoke softly and carried a big noise tells her story, from art-chick beginnings to success to marital and musical catastrophe. Read full book review >
I LEFT IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by Kevin Sessums
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"The author's journey is not without its wisdom but too often relies on anecdotes and cameos to keep it afloat."
Longtime doyen of celebrity media, Sessums (Mississippi Sissy, 2007) reflects on how his wild years of partying while working as a journalist left him spiritually vacant. Read full book review >

GOING INTO THE CITY by Robert Christgau
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Christgau indicates from the start that he is 'hardly self-effacing in print,' but anyone who borrows his subtitle from James Joyce would never be accused of false humility."
A veteran rock critic takes readers deeper into the recesses of his thought processes than many might wish to venture. Read full book review >
Franco Corelli and a Revolution in Singing by Stefan Zucker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Strictly for opera aficionados, a detailed, passionate analysis of what makes tenor singing and its practitioners unique."
A critical look at the evolution of operatic tenor singing, from the 19th century to the present. Read full book review >
I'M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I'VE PLAYED ONE ON TV by Maz Jobrani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A funny and occasionally insightful memoir of an Iranian-American comedian finding a voice in showbiz."
The struggles and successes of "the Persian Eddie Murphy." Read full book review >
THE MONOPOLISTS by Mary Pilon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A fascinating, appealingly written history of an iconic American amusement."
In her debut, New York Times sports reporter Pilon deftly explores the origin of the Monopoly board game.Read full book review >
ALPHABETICAL by Michael Rosen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A delightfully informative book about letters, their meanings, and the words and meanings we derive from them."
A poet, writer of children's books and host of BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth tells the history of each letter in our alphabet.Read full book review >
THE LIVING YEARS by Mike Rutherford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The death of Rutherford's father frames the narrative, establishing a reflective tone that the memoir sustains."
A genial, gentlemanly memoir about a band that has weathered plenty of upheaval without apparently suffering much strife. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >