Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career."
A veteran sportscaster revisits his career.
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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Shields writes with considerable reflection; she's done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she's learned."
Shields reflects on the protective—and stifling—relationship between her and her mother. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Johns comes across as an amiable guy who got lucky, and there must be more to it than that."
A matter-of-fact memoir by the renowned record producer. Read full book review >
CITIZENS OF THE GREEN ROOM by Mark Leibovich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Humorous, incisive and very droll."
Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST SHOWS ON EARTH by Linda Simon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"Simon brings a learned hand to this bright history of the circus, which emblazons as it preserves the magic."
From the Roman arena to the Pickle Family, Simon (Emerita, English/Skidmore Coll.; Coco Chanel, 2011, etc.) explores the tropes and stylings of the many-headed creature known as the circus.Read full book review >

YOU HAVE TO FUCKING EAT by Adam Mansbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A likable variation on a universal fucking theme."
Mansbach's (Rage Is Back, 2013, etc.) second children's book satire/foulmouthed balm for exhausted parents spotlights the agony of managing toddlers at mealtime.Read full book review >
GIL SCOTT-HERON by Marcus Baram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Controversial and enigmatic, the tragic trajectory of Scott-Heron's life and career is expertly examined in this testament to one of the last great radical artists."
The first full-length biography of the legendary poet/musician famous for his socially conscious lyrics. Read full book review >
DAVID HOCKNEY by Christopher Simon Sykes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Drawing on interviews with Hockney, his siblings, and colleagues; Hockey's autobiography; and diaries of famous friends, such as Christopher Isherwood and Stephen Spender, Sykes matches his subject's ebullience in this admiring, well-researched life."
Hockney from age 38 to 75, bubbling with enthusiasm. Read full book review >
IS THAT ALL THERE IS? by James Gavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An overly detailed biography that Lee's die-hard fans will welcome."
The sad, troubled life of the popular jazz singer. Read full book review >
THE ANNOTATED MIXTAPE by Joshua Harmon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Harmon's dedication as a collector will be appreciated by any audiophile, but his essays lack cohesion and continuity, making the collection feel too insular."
An obsessive record collector's personal essays categorized by song. Read full book review >
THE NEW CENSORSHIP by Joel Simon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not so much a powerful reading experience as an attempt to influence international policy."
As the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Columbia Journalism Review and Slate contributor Simon (Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge, 1997) has a worthy agenda, which he advances here in a manner devoid of both sensationalism and much literary flair.Read full book review >
WATCH ME by Anjelica Huston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Amid the fluff and the flutter are some true passion and pain."
The second and final volume of the celebrated actress's memoir charts her beginnings as an actress and director, her emotional gains and losses, and the births and deaths that affected her. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >