Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

SLOBBERKNOCKER by Jim Ross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An earnestly written and mostly entertaining memoir tailor-made for fans already familiar with the ringside legend."
The voice of the WWE chronicles his many years on the pro wrestling circuit. Read full book review >
LIVE CINEMA AND ITS TECHNIQUES by Francis Ford  Coppola
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Technical and prescriptive, this will appeal primarily to hard-core aficionados."
The award-winning film director makes the case for a new kind of cinema. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read full book review >
DEAR <i>FAHRENHEIT 451</i> by Annie  Spence
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A smart, funny, forthright librarian in book form."
A librarian delivers a charming epistolary volume that begs to be read with pencil in hand. Read full book review >
WHAT IS IT ALL BUT LUMINOUS by Art  Garfunkel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"There are many voyages here, some flashes of vision, and plenty of pretense."
The silky voiced singer looks back on his career and life. Read full book review >

SIGNIFICANT ZERO by Walt Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An entertaining and provocative look inside big-time video game development."
Looking back on the decade he spent helping to create some of the most memorable titles in video gaming history, Williams comes clean on scripted violence, workplace politics, situational morality, and the deleterious effects of little sleep and a junk-food diet. Read full book review >
INSIDE STUDIO 54 by Mark  Fleischman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"This unfettered tell-all will prove nostalgic for those who manage to remember being there and engrossing for readers wishing they were."
How drugs, sex, and celebrity shenanigans made 254 West 54th St. infamous on the 1980s Manhattan nightclub circuit. Read full book review >
THE KARDASHIANS by Jerry Oppenheimer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A fluffy diversion for celebrity-obsessed readers."
A tale of Kardashian Inc. Read full book review >
THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >
MISS D AND ME by Kathryn  Sermak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sermak writes of Davis' tutelage, 'she was training me for a world that was fading from view.' The author ably documents Davis' growing realization that, long before her death in 1989, her time was already passing."
A chronicle of the last years of a cinema legend as told by her personal assistant. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. Read full book review >
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES by David Friend
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."
How multiculturalism and sexual liberation shaped a distinctive decade. 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 >