Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

HARVEY PENICK by Kevin Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"This thorough, absorbing biography is also a history of golf in America and how one man taught so many how to hit a golf ball so well."
A biography of the humble Texas golfer who taught greats of the game and whose little instructional guide became the best-selling golf book of all time. Read full book review >
KILL 'EM AND LEAVE by James McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An unconventional and fascinating portrait of Soul Brother No. 1 and the significance of his rise and fall in American culture."
National Book Award winner McBride (The Good Lord Bird, 2013, etc.) dissects the career, legacy, and myth of the Godfather of Soul.Read full book review >

DELTA LADY by Rita Coolidge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Where memoirs from bigger stars often fail to deliver, this illuminating autobiography exceeds expectations."
A surprisingly rich memoir from a two-time Grammy winner and acclaimed backup singer. Read full book review >
ORSON WELLES, VOLUME 3 by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Welles rightly imagined that people would never stop writing about him after he died. Callow continues to set the standard in this increasingly crowded field."
Juicy, provocative latest installment in the comprehensive life of a self-destructive genius. Read full book review >
HEADS by Jesse Jarnow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2016

"Latter-day heads—as well as 'relentless dabblers' and the historically minded—will enjoy this well-researched, mind-altering excursion."
A history of the interplay between hallucinogens and rock music in the innocent minds of young America. Read full book review >

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 2016

"An enthusiastic, immersive, entertaining guide for both die-hard Batfans and curious onlookers."
A passionate, precise documentation of Batman's legacy and enduring popularity among "nerds and normals alike." Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Abrams weaves a compelling tale about a transformational era in the NBA that also speaks to the sometimes-desperate pursuit of sporting stardom."
How teenage basketball stars transformed the NBA. Read full book review >
MY BRAIN ON FIRE by Leonard Pitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."
A theater actor's memoir of a life and way of thinking permanently altered by the seven years he spent as a young man living in 1960s Paris. 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 >
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 >
In the Cheap Seats by Springs Toledo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"The author lands verbal jabs that deftly complement the often ruthless action he describes."
A collection of essays explores the "sweet science" of boxing and its unique culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >