Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

ORSON WELLES, VOLUME 3 by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Welles rightly imagined that people would never stop writing about him after he died. Callow continues to set the standard in this increasingly crowded field."
Juicy, provocative latest installment in the comprehensive life of a self-destructive genius. Read full book review >
HEADS by Jesse Jarnow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2016

"Latter-day heads—as well as 'relentless dabblers' and the historically minded—will enjoy this well-researched, mind-altering excursion."
A history of the interplay between hallucinogens and rock music in the innocent minds of young America. Read full book review >

THE CAPED CRUSADE by Glen Weldon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 2016

"An enthusiastic, immersive, entertaining guide for both die-hard Batfans and curious onlookers."
A passionate, precise documentation of Batman's legacy and enduring popularity among "nerds and normals alike." Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Abrams weaves a compelling tale about a transformational era in the NBA that also speaks to the sometimes-desperate pursuit of sporting stardom."
How teenage basketball stars transformed the NBA. Read full book review >
MY BRAIN ON FIRE by Leonard Pitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."
A theater actor's memoir of a life and way of thinking permanently altered by the seven years he spent as a young man living in 1960s Paris. Read full book review >

NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
TROUBLE BOYS by Bob Mehr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The dynamic that made the band great also tore them apart, as this biography superbly documents."
An in-depth biography of a beloved, exasperating band that never quite made it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A text that will delight college basketball fans but also raises tacit questions about the effects of big-time athletics on a university's academic mission."
A veteran sportswriter returns with an account of the basketball wars—on- and off-court—among three iconic coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read full book review >
In the Cheap Seats by Springs Toledo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 29, 2016

"The author lands verbal jabs that deftly complement the often ruthless action he describes."
A collection of essays explores the "sweet science" of boxing and its unique culture. Read full book review >
MOVIE FREAK by Owen Gleiberman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"A story of societal change, rich in cultural as well as personal history."
A veteran movie critic for Entertainment Weekly debuts with a chronicle of his love affair with films, his long career at EW (before they laid him off in 2014), and his gnarly love life (until his marriage).Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 23, 2016

"The jump shot created offense, and Fury elevates it to yet higher ground."
Journalist Fury (Keeping the Faith: In the Trenches with College Football's Worst Team, 2005) celebrates basketball's jump shot: its origins, its fundamentals, and its greatest practitioners.Read full book review >
INDENTURED by Joe Nocera
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"Championship-level reporting on the boundaries of sport and business."
A vigorous indictment of collegiate athletics, a system that enriches everyone except the athletes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >