Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL by Ellen T. Harris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"Musical in structure, tone and emotional effect."
An author of scholarly works about George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) returns with a more general work about the prolific composer and his milieu. Read full book review >
A SLIP OF THE KEYBOARD by Terry Pratchett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Lit throughout by the bright star of wonder."
The celebrated creator of the Discworld series of fantasy novels offers an eclectic collection of pieces and speeches from as early as the 1970s. Read full book review >

RICKEY & ROBINSON by Roger Kahn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A gripping, informative blend of memoir and cultural history."
The author of the classic The Boys of Summer (1972) and numerous other titles about the national pastime returns with a personal account of the fracturing of the racial barrier in Major League Baseball. Read full book review >
COSBY by Mark Whitaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"The answer is yes, and in more ways than one. An eye-opening book and a pleasure to read."
Readable, thoughtful life of the brilliant comedian and entrepreneur. Read full book review >
THE FIGHTER'S WAY by Nick Gorman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A snappy little handbook that could easily lead to deeper involvement in the sport."
South African national muay thai champion Gorman offers a concise introduction to this martial art. Read full book review >

CREATING THE FUTURE by Michael Fallon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A well-researched, wide-ranging history that amply captures the confusion, contradictions and enormous energy of one triumphant decade."
The story of how, despite great odds, a viable art scene bloomed in Southern California. Read full book review >
THE FAME LUNCHES by Daphne Merkin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essays that go down like candy but nourish like health food."
A veteran essayist for the New Yorker and numerous other significant publications returns with an eclectic collection of pieces, all of which feature her unique style and voice. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF ROCK 'N' ROLL IN TEN SONGS by Greil Marcus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"Essayistic, occasionally disconnected, but Marcus does what he does best: makes us feel smarter about what we're putting into our ears."
Another allusive, entertaining inquiry by veteran musicologist Marcus (The Doors: A Lifetime of Listening to Five Mean Years, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"A deeply reported, sensitively rendered story that avoids cliché and persuades us that there might indeed be such a thing as 'football therapy.'"
A longtime journalist for Sports Illustrated looks back at the tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the football team that helped the town heal. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2014

"An entertaining and provocative portrait of a man whose dichotomies were largely a product of the violent times in which he thrived."
The big life and fast times of one of the most charismatic and dangerous good ol' boys in America's criminal history. Read full book review >
HOPE FOR FILM by Ted Hope
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"Invaluable for film students, especially since, in assuming that its readers have some understanding of art, Hope can hit the topic of money hard."
A relentlessly useful insider's guide to independent film from a longtime practitioner. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 12, 2014

"No one does scandal quite like the British; this one is a real doozy that deserves Davies' entertaining, no-stone-unturned eagle eyes."
The inside—deeply inside—account by the investigative writer who broke the British phone-hacking scandal wide open. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >