Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 2016

"Those who can't get enough of the details of Jackson's death might relish this account, but those who prefer to appreciate his music should look elsewhere."
A tabloid-style exploration of the death of Michael Jackson (1958-2009), particularly the role the singer's personal physician may have played in his demise. Read full book review >
THE WAY OF THE RUNNER by Adharanand Finn
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 2016

"An elegant, well-written pleasure even for readers with no particular interest in foot racing."
Guardian editor and amateur runner Finn marks his second embedded experience with distance racers. Read full book review >

WHY YOU LOVE MUSIC by John Powell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 14, 2016

"A succinct summation of all that has come before, much of which readers will already know before beginning the book."
A buffet of insights and oddities regarding "the psychology of music." Read full book review >
LIVE FAST DIE HOT by Jenny Mollen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An uneven barrage of life stories by turns hilariously candid and self-consciously flippant."
Brazen dispatches on the life-altering effects of childbirth and motherhood on a woman with a stern "reluctance to be a responsible adult." Read full book review >
THE BUTLER'S CHILD by Lewis M. Steel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An articulate, emotionally moving chronicle of a life informed by racial unrest and elevated with dutiful humanitarianism."
A white man borne of privilege dedicates his life to the defense of civil rights. Read full book review >

HUSTLING HITLER by Walter Shapiro
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An intermittently interesting look at a character who was undoubtedly raw material for Ring Lardner and Damon Runyon. "
The tale of Freeman Bernstein, a Broadway grifter who scammed Nazi officials on the eve of World War II. Read full book review >
BUT WHAT IF WE'RE WRONG? by Chuck Klosterman
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 7, 2016

"Replete with lots of nifty, whimsical footnotes, this clever, speculative book challenges our beliefs with jocularity and perspicacity."
An inquiry into why we'll probably be wrong about almost everything. Read full book review >
NEVER A DULL MOMENT by David Hepworth
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 2016

"An exuberant tour through a pivotal year in the development of popular music and culture."
The longtime music journalist and founder of Mojo and Q delivers a month-by-month breakdown of the year that changed pop music history. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE CHAMP by Tim Shanahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"If you're wondering why Ali is called 'The Greatest,' this unchallenging but pleasant memoir makes for a good place to start."
An affectionate portrait of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Read full book review >
MAGIC AND LOSS by Virginia Heffernan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 2016

"A thoroughly engrossing examination of the Internet's past, present, and future."
New York Times Magazine writer Heffernan considers the mighty Internet in all its terrible beauty and power. Read full book review >
BLACK MAN, WHITE HOUSE by D.L. Hughley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Funny, insightful, and legitimately illuminating."
The Obama years, through a glass cleverly. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2016

"First-rate reporting and a seminar in how to employ context in investigative and historical journalism."
A veteran journalist uses a variety of lenses to illuminate the dark story of the Black Legion, an association of murderous (white) domestic terrorists who briefly thrived in the upper Midwest. 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 >