Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

CREATING THE FUTURE by Michael Fallon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A well-researched, wide-ranging history that amply captures the confusion, contradictions and enormous energy of one triumphant decade."
The story of how, despite great odds, a viable art scene bloomed in Southern California. Read full book review >
THE FAME LUNCHES by Daphne Merkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >

THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS by Greil Marcus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essayistic, occasionally disconnected, but Marcus does what he does best: makes us feel smarter about what we're putting into our ears."
Another allusive, entertaining inquiry by veteran musicologist Marcus (The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A deeply reported, sensitively rendered story that avoids cliché and persuades us that there might indeed be such a thing as 'football therapy.'"
A longtime journalist for Sports Illustrated looks back at the tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the football team that helped the town heal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"An entertaining and provocative portrait of a man whose dichotomies were largely a product of the violent times in which he thrived."
The big life and fast times of one of the most charismatic and dangerous good ol' boys in America's criminal history. Read full book review >

HOPE FOR FILM by Ted Hope
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Invaluable for film students, especially since, in assuming that its readers have some understanding of art, Hope can hit the topic of money hard."
A relentlessly useful insider's guide to independent film from a longtime practitioner. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"No one does scandal quite like the British; this one is a real doozy that deserves Davies' entertaining, no-stone-unturned eagle eyes."
The inside—deeply inside—account by the investigative writer who broke the British phone-hacking scandal wide open. Read full book review >
THE BIRTH OF KOREAN COOL by Euny Hong
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"A pleasing mix of Margaret Cho, Sarah Vowell and a pinch of Cory Doctorow."
A funny, iconoclastic Korean-American journalist and author turns her skewering lens on her own culture. Read full book review >
WHAT WE SEE WHEN WE READ by Peter Mendelsund
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Mendelsund amply attains his goal to produce a quirky, fresh and altogether delightful meditation on the miraculous act of reading."
An artist investigates how we make meaning from words on a page. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Due to the author's unsurpassed research and comprehension, we stand in the presence of a genius and see all his flawed magic."
A thorough, affectionate and unblinking account of the life of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Read full book review >
BIRD DREAM by Matt Higgins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 2014

"A highflying, electrifying story of a treacherous sport in which every triumph is an eye blink away from becoming a disaster."
The breathtaking highs and life-threatening plunges of the most extreme stuntmen on Earth. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 2014

"An engaging and deeply personal journey, for both the writer and her subjects, and an adroit disquisition on the nature of this distinctly American form of insatiable lust."
Life among the Indiana Joneses of record collectors, who will let nothing come between them and a rare Charley Patton. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >