Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

HOPE by Richard Zoglin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"In this rich and entertaining work, Zoglin pulls no punches but also remains an astonished admirer."
A contributing editor and theater critic for Time weighs in with what will immediately become the definitive biography of the legendary comedian, born Leslie Townes Hope (1903-2003). Read full book review >
RESPECT by David Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art."
A biography of the "Queen of Soul" by the co-author of her memoir, From These Roots (1999). Read full book review >

SCIENCE...FOR HER! by Megan Amram
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Despite some laughs, this book will try the patience of even its targeted readership."
This parody of a science textbook for women, recast in Cosmo style, has a funny concept and cover, but the text itself is so padded that more will skim it than read it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An idolizing, overlong biography for avid bike-racing fans and speed freaks only."
An admiring biography of race car driver and daredevil Albert Champion (1878-1927). Read full book review >
WIDOW BASQUIAT by Jennifer Clement
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A disturbing and poetic biography of a talented but massively flawed artist."
A provocative account of the passionate but stormy relationship between a Canadian runaway named Suzanne Mallouk and acclaimed New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Read full book review >

RUMOURS OF GLORY by Bruce Cockburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This unusually absorbing book will enthrall Cockburn fans and anyone interested in the life of a serious artist committed to his music and progressive causes."
The Canadian folk/rock singer-songwriter recalls a nomadic life spent witnessing the social and political crises of our time through song. Read full book review >
AMERICAN TITAN by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A close, unblinking look at a bright star with some internal darkness."
A veteran biographer of pop-culture icons (Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood) returns with an account of the astonishing film career of Marion Robert Morrison (1907-1979). Read full book review >
THE QB by Bruce Feldman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Enlightening for those interested in performance psychology, kinetic motion analysis and the 'competitive temperament' of alpha males."
A yearlong, behind-the-scenes look at the booming—and lucrative—business of coaching upcoming quarterbacks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Sometimes accused of being a complainer on the court, Boeheim comes across as likable in this readable, thoughtful book about coaching college basketball."
An autobiography from a legendary coaching lifer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A powerful rendering of an enduring conflict."
A history of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), which triggered a substantial protest by African-Americans, who resented their vile portrayal in the film.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Who knew bowling alleys could tell such entertaining stories?"
A hard-boiled and often funny look at the hustlers, thugs and characters of the 1960s New York bowling underworld. Read full book review >
THE UNIVERSAL TONE by Carlos Santana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An appreciative and unpretentious chronicle, this is required reading for Santana fans and devotees of classic rock legends."
The Mexican-American classic guitar legend (and 2013 Kennedy Center honoree) shares his life before and beneath the rock 'n' roll spotlight with the assistance of Kahn (The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, 2006, etc.) and Miller.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >