Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

BACK FROM THE DEAD by Bill Walton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"One of the NBA's 50 greatest players scores another basket—a deeply personal one."
A basketball legend reflects on his life in the game and a life lived in the "nightmare of endlessly repetitive and constant pain, agony, and guilt." Read full book review >
THE SELLING OF THE BABE by Glenn Stout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"Baseball history is full of hoary legends. Stout deftly challenges one of the game's biggest."
Separating myth from truth in the most infamous trade in baseball history. Read full book review >

NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
THE KING AND QUEEN OF MALIBU by David K. Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2016

"An engaging story about wealth, entitlement, property rights, change, loss, and pain."
A swift account of the history of Malibu, "a rugged ranch in the middle of nowhere" that became "a global symbol of fame and fortune." Read full book review >
ABOVE THE LINE by Shirley MacLaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"MacLaine is wickedly honest about moviemaking, sincere and enthusiastic in describing her beliefs, and welcoming in the skepticism of others—it's all refreshing and fun."
The award-winning actress reflects on her latest film and her previous life. Read full book review >

REDSKINS by C. Richard King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the meantime, King shows why this controversy matters well beyond the football field."
This academic analysis suggests that the team name of the NFL's Washington, D.C., franchise is both reprehensible and indefensible. Read full book review >
TROUBLE BOYS by Bob Mehr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The dynamic that made the band great also tore them apart, as this biography superbly documents."
An in-depth biography of a beloved, exasperating band that never quite made it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A text that will delight college basketball fans but also raises tacit questions about the effects of big-time athletics on a university's academic mission."
A veteran sportswriter returns with an account of the basketball wars—on- and off-court—among three iconic coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read full book review >
MADONNALAND by Alina Simone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"As Simone confesses, 'the further I drifted from any kind of central narrative,' the less this brief book has much of anything to do with Madonna."
A short book about trying, and failing, to find something new to write about Madonna. Read full book review >
WOUNDED LIONS by Ronald A. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The mostly dry prose might be unappealing to anybody beyond avid Penn State fans and a somewhat larger potential audience whose members want to understand the dominance of football and basketball at institutions of higher learning."
In the latest in the publisher's Sport and Society series, a retired Pennsylvania State University history professor explores the past, present, and future of major sports, especially football, at Penn State. Read full book review >
A GIRL'S GOT TO BREATHE by Donald Spoto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A warm and well-researched yet ultimately inessential appreciation of one of Hollywood's largely forgotten stars."
Spoto spotlights Wright. Read full book review >
MOVIE FREAK by Owen Gleiberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A story of societal change, rich in cultural as well as personal history."
A veteran movie critic for Entertainment Weekly debuts with a chronicle of his love affair with films, his long career at EW (before they laid him off in 2014), and his gnarly love life (until his marriage).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >