Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER by Illeana Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's warm portraits and disarming honesty infuse the memoir with an endearing sweetness and charm."
Actress, producer, and director Douglas celebrates her love of movies in a cheerful debut memoir. Read full book review >
LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >

ANDY AND DON by Daniel de Visé
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's affection for his principals permeates all, brightening the dark corners and dulling the jagged edges."
Veteran journalist de Visé (co-author, with Su Meck: I Forgot to Remember, 2014) returns with a plethora of memories about actors Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, who propelled The Andy Griffith Show to enormous popularity in the 1960s.Read full book review >
AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE by Stan Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A worthwhile primer for adoring acolytes, but too much P.T. Barnum and not enough behind-the-scenes insights for a broader audience."
Comic book legend Lee offers fans a graphic autobiography in his inimitably jaunty style. Read full book review >
CHAPTER AND VERSE by Bernard Sumner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."
A reticent British rock star opens up—a little. Read full book review >

DAVID LYNCH by Dennis Lim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A streamlined and breezily engaging—but impressively rigorous—evaluation of a unique film talent; essential reading for fans of Lynch and the immersive, elusive worlds he creates."
The director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center delivers a short, sharp reckoning with the dangerous visions of celebrated filmmaker David Lynch. Read full book review >
WOODY by David Evanier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A fan letter in the form of a biography."
A celebratory biography of the director "whose public persona is instantly and eternally assumed to be his real personality." Read full book review >
45 by Scott Dikkers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A disappointing twist on the bestselling 41: A Portrait of My Father (2014). Readers may wish the authors had aimed at bigger game: the flamboyant Donald Trump, say, parodied in the voice of his developer father."
A sometimes-amusing sendup of Jeb Bush, contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"Rather than a nostalgic lament, this revelatory book celebrates an indelible cultural imprint."
An illuminating stroll through the decades of one of the most culturally significant streets in America. Read full book review >
ON THE ORIGIN OF SUPERHEROES by Chris Gavaler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2015

"Despite occasional insight, a lack of continuity makes the book, despite the author's reverence and enthusiasm, a missed opportunity."
An unconventional analysis of the cultural phenomenon of superheroes that goes far beyond comic books. Read full book review >
TWO HOURS by Ed Caesar
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Caesar's winning prose will keep even armchair readers turning pages, perhaps tuning in to watch the next marathon."
A wide-ranging and compelling account of marathons and the very fastest men who run them. Read full book review >
JUNIOR SEAU by Jim Trotter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Although the text benefits from the author's deep knowledge of the game—and from many important interviews—excessive sentiment corrodes."
ESPN NFL reporter Trotter debuts with a very sympathetic account of the life of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau (1969-2012). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >