Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

GODS AND KINGS by Dana Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A deep dive into the provocative art of creation and the toll it exacts from those touched by its gifts."
A juxtaposition of the storied arcs of two of fashion's most celebrated, and ultimately doomed, geniuses. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A HEROINE by Samantha Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"As Ellis shows in this charming, gracefully written memoir, literary heroines revealed to her new life stories, new selves and her own power to invent her life."
A literary journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >

1965 by Andrew Grant Jackson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Good enough as far as it goes, but Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus can rest easy, unthreatened by competition here."
Lively though superficial survey of the annus mirabilis that brought us "Eve of Destruction," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Help!"Read full book review >
SCHUBERT'S WINTER JOURNEY by Ian Bostridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A graceful confirmation that reading can be an integrative education that offers a surprise with every turn of the page."
A singer, author and professor expertly escorts us through Winterreise, Franz Schubert's 24-song cycle.Read full book review >
THE B SIDE by Ben Yagoda
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A provocative, consistently engaging counternarrative to the conventional wisdom that rock 'n' roll killed Tin Pan Alley."
The latest from Yagoda (Journalism/Delaware Univ.; How to Not Write Bad, 2013, etc.) shows good ears, strong critical instincts and an unabashed love for a variety of music, including the rock 'n' roll that supposedly closed the pages on the Great American Songbook—the few hundred standards that have endured through a wide variety of distinctive interpretations. Read full book review >

REELING THROUGH LIFE by Tara Ison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though well-written and engaging, this is basically a book-length aphorism, something discharged by Paddy Chayefsky in a single passage from Network."
Novelist and nonfiction author Ison (Rockaway, 2013) unspools a montage of images that illustrate how her thoughts and feelings were channeled through lives on the big screen.Read full book review >
CULTURE CRASH by Scott Timberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Timberg's bibliographic essay cites many authors echoing his arguments; a more focused analysis and concrete solutions would have strengthened this book."
A journalist investigates the state of the arts. Read full book review >
RESILIENCE by Jessie Close
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Despite the slow start, the book is packed with emotion and courageous personal reflections."
An honest tale of living with bipolar disorder. Read full book review >
PUNK ROCK BLITZKRIEG by Marky Ramone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"A workmanlike but illuminating book for fans of the Ramones and punk rock in general."
The last Ramone standing dishes on Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy, but the drummer is a lot more revealing about his own remarkable life outside the famously dysfunctional band. Read full book review >
SILVER SCREEN FIEND by Patton Oswalt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A funny, insightful homage to movie love and an honest account of growing up, personally and professionally."
A comedian's lively memoir about his movie addiction. Read full book review >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
THE FALL OF LANGUAGE IN THE AGE OF ENGLISH by Minae Mizumura
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A best-seller in Japan, Mizumura's essay is likely to find only a narrow audience here, but that does not diminish its urgency in the least."
Are these the last days of writers writing in Finnish, Catalan, Japanese and other languages? This slender book finds reason to worry that with English as the "universal language," national literatures will disappear. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >