Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

DIG IF YOU WILL THE PICTURE by Ben Greenman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Likely not the definitive book on Prince, but certainly one that merits attention by fans and students of pop culture alike."
A satisfying portrait, warts included, of the Purple One, one-time heir to the thrones of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix alike. Read full book review >
ARNIE by Tom Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable book about golf for golfers who play the game and enjoy reading about its history."
An insider chronicles the career of the great golfer. Read full book review >

FALSTAFF by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm."
An ardent admirer of Shakespeare analyzes an incomparably robust character. Read full book review >
BALLPLAYER by Chipper Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"There will be little readership for the book outside of baseball fans, especially in the Atlanta area, but those fans will find a clear, readable old-school account of a player who almost certainly will be voted into the Hall of Fame, possibly as early as 2018, his first year of eligibility."
An Atlanta Braves legend tells his story. Read full book review >
CHANGE OF SEASONS by John Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Oates' musical admirers will find much to like here."
Amiable memoir by the shorter, quieter partner in the renowned duo Hall & Oates. Read full book review >

NEVERTHELESS by Alec  Baldwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Baldwin reveals himself to be a man of parts. A pleasure for his many fans, though the sitting president doubtless won't be placated—but that, Baldwin notes, is for another book."
The renowned actor and Trump bugaboo opines about filmmaking, politics, and sundry other matters in this cheerful but not entirely amiable memoir. Read full book review >
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL by Mayte  Garcia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A genial, candid portrait of Prince's ill-fated turn as a family man."
Prince's ex-wife recalls the joys and heartbreaks of life with the late superstar. Read full book review >
I'M JUST DEAD, I'M NOT GONE by Jim Dickinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"There's plenty of material, both in this book and from the decades the author doesn't cover, to suggest that a full-scale biography is overdue."
A memoir of sorts by the late Memphis musical legend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Careful, pointed writing shows us that professional sports should not be viewed in isolation from the society in which they function."
As social change roiled through the 1960s, Major League Baseball was sometimes a mirror, sometimes a window. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY HAD AN OCEAN by William McKeen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2017

"Excellent social history, bracketing David Talbot's Season of the Witch (2012) as an indispensable account of a time of beauty and terror."
Searching account of 1960s Southern California, when the wistful innocence of the Beach Boys died alongside the victims of Charles Manson. Read full book review >
I LOVE MY SELFIE by Ilan Stavans
by Ilan Stavans, photographed by ADÁL
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2017

"Bright but uneven, inspiring but occasionally misguided, the book is a curious intellectual snapshot with a finger over the lens: a broad cultural landscape pulled unnecessarily into portraiture."
A bit of light academia on society's latest narcissistic trend, equal parts philosophical exploration and art criticism. Read full book review >
CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. 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 >