Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

PRESTO! by Penn Jillette
Released: Aug. 2, 2016

"A sometimes-funny book that should be taken with a tablespoon of salt."
The acclaimed, outspoken magician delivers a "book about extreme personal lifestyle changes, written by a…juggler whose only higher education was Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"The collection's promising evocation of 'communication and disconnection' leads to more repetition than illumination."
A collection of interconnected personal essays on the way musical favorites connect and disconnect us. Read full book review >

Judo by Rodolfo Tello
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A lean, direct introductory text for readers interested in judo culture and practice."
Tello (Social Safeguards, 2015, etc.) describes the basic concepts and techniques of judo in this introductory work of nonfiction.Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2016

"A sharp, well-studied dissection of the role of swearing in culture, why people curse, and why it's good for us."
An academic's defense of curse words, cusses, swears, and other expletives. Read full book review >
THE GAMES by David Goldblatt
Released: July 26, 2016

"Gracefully written and compellingly argued, this is one of the best books of the year and one of the best sports books ever written."
A tour de force history of the Olympics in romanticized myth and politicized reality. Read full book review >

Released: July 19, 2016

"The book reads like an extended game of Trivial Pursuit, featuring some who play very well and many more who play very poorly."
The story of the dumbing-down of the American brain, as we have all become increasingly dependent on letting our computers think for us. Read full book review >
Released: July 16, 2016

"Well-intended but best read by 60-something fans of Boston ball."
Hit the quarterback. Hit the mook. This tale of crime and penalty focuses on a local antihero who did plenty of both. Read full book review >
NOT PRETTY ENOUGH by Gerri Hirshey
Released: July 12, 2016

"Unlike numerous other biographers, Hirshey never falls into the trap of reductionism. Although Brown sometimes presents contradictions that cannot be easily resolved, the author portrays the complexities with skill."
Journalist Hirshey (We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock, 2001, etc.) presents a deeply researched biography of daring author and hugely influential magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012). Read full book review >
THE REAL PETER PAN by Piers Dudgeon
Released: July 12, 2016

"A simultaneously interesting and depressing story of arrested development, as sometimes occurs with those who write of children's heroes."
With his broad knowledge of J.M. Barrie (1860-1937) and his contemporaries, Dudgeon (Maeve Binchy: The Biography, 2014, etc.) tells the disturbing story of his odd relationship with the Llewelyn Davies family. Read full book review >
TRYING TO FLOAT by Nicolaia Rips
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engaging story with a big heart, written by a young adult whose sharply tuned and often witty observations will appeal to adults and teens alike."
First-time author Rips, a high school senior who lives with her parents in New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel, reflects on her earlier years attending public schools in the city and befriending the many eccentric residents at the hotel. Read full book review >
DIALOGUE by Robert McKee
Released: July 12, 2016

"A rich and useful companion for practicing writers."
How to write dialogue that is convincing, effective, and original. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE SIXTIES by Judith E. Stein
Released: July 12, 2016

"A shadowy figure of the 1960s art world is gloriously revealed."
An in-depth biography of influential art gallery dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >