Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

ADVENTURES OF A BALLAD HUNTER by John A. Lomax
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Essential reading for neo-folkies, alt-country fans, blues enthusiasts, and most other stripes of music lover."
A reissue, 70 years after the original publication, of the lightly learned, endlessly interesting memoir by pioneering folklorist Lomax. Read full book review >
THE RIVIERA SET by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lovell packs in as many celebrities as possible, which makes for an entertaining book but not one likely to end up on a reference shelf."
Lovell (The Churchills: In Love and War, 2011, etc.) turns her attention to the French Riviera between the wars and into the 1960s. Read full book review >

THE RING OF TRUTH by Roger Scruton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An admirable, welcome effort to illuminate one of the most significant artistic achievements of the modern age."
The noted philosopher and writer takes on Richard Wagner's operatic masterpiece in this thorough critical study. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A very funny and candid memoir, in an occasionally cringeworthy sort of way."
The veteran singer/songwriter delivers a memoir as "album liner notes; something extra, informative, and interesting." Read full book review >
DRIVE FOR FIVE by Christopher Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"True believers across Patriot Nation will be gratified, but readers hoping for dispassionate analysis will be disappointed."
Reliving the New England Patriots' 2016 season, culminating in their implausible overtime victory in the Super Bowl. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it."
The first of a Beatles expert's two-volume biography of Sir George Martin (1926-2016), up to his 40th birthday and the making of "Rubber Soul." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A large bag of buttery popcorn that goes down oh so pleasantly."
A veteran entertainment journalist offers a breezy, detailed rehearsal of three successful romantic comedies from the 1980s and '90s. Read full book review >
4TH AND GOAL EVERY DAY by Phil  Savage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"There are many good reasons why Saban's Alabama teams have won four national championships in the past decade, and Savage effectively reveals how and why."
A football lifer gives insight into how the Alabama Crimson Tide continue to be the most dominant force in college football. Read full book review >
SOUL SURVIVOR by Jimmy McDonough
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"The soul singer remains an enigma that not even this incisive biography can unravel."
The dark and mysterious back story of a truly great singer. Read full book review >
CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >
RABBIT by Patricia J. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Sassy, inspiring, and uplifting."
An African-American female comedian recounts how she escaped poverty and a life of crime to become a respected performer. Read full book review >
MY FIRST COACH by Gary Myers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"No better and no worse than the human-interest sports profiles on a local TV channel."
Football writer and New York Daily News columnist Myers (Brady vs Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Transformed the NFL, 2015, etc.) looks at how fathers shape the on-field habits of their quarterback sons. 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 >