Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

CADDYSHACK by Chris Nashawaty
Released: April 24, 2018

"The book doesn't quite hit the insightful levels of those by Scott Eyman or David Thomson, just as the film isn't quite The Maltese Falcon. Still, Nashawaty provides an eye-opening pleasure for Caddyshack fans."
An everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about look at a cult movie whose reputation has grown in the four decades since its initial release. Read full book review >
Released: April 24, 2018

"More dross than expected but plenty of genuine gems of insight as well."
The drummer and co-founder of the Roots unpacks the creative process. Read full book review >

BROADWAY by Fran Leadon
Released: April 17, 2018

"A lively history of one of the most famous streets in America."
Four hundred years in the life of a road the original Dutch settlers referred to as Brede Wegh (Broad Way). Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"It's not quite in the same league as Moneyball, but readers interested in the applications of neuroscience to everyday life will find plenty of value here."
New York Times contributor Schonbrun takes readers on a sometimes-tangled but revealing tour of the minds of winning athletes. Read full book review >

Released: April 10, 2018

"A readable, delightful work of film/cultural history for movie fans."
A noted authority on all things Texas, Graham (English/Univ. of Texas, Austin; State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, 2011, etc.) turns his attention to film with this authoritative tale of "Big Texas Oil" and the epic movie Giant (1956). Read full book review >
BEYOND MEASURE by Rachel Z. Arndt
Released: April 10, 2018

"A keen, close study of the neuroses attached to everyday living."
A set of personal essays on the author's struggle to apply order to her hard-to-quantify self, from sleep to fitness to romance. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"An incisive history of the futility of censorship."
The combative life of a man who "spread shame." Read full book review >
SHOW TRIAL by Thomas Doherty
Released: April 10, 2018

"A thorough and lively chronicle of a shameful episode in American political and entertainment history."
At the start of the Cold War, anti-communist fervor focused on Hollywood. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A passionate defense (or is it defence?) of the 'fantastically flexible medium' that is English."
What is it about Americans' way with words that makes Brits so angry? An American linguistics professor attempts to find out. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."
An instructive exploration of endurance, in sports and in life, from a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Read full book review >
BERENICE ABBOTT by Julia Van Haaften
Released: April 10, 2018

"Despite the useful information she has gathered, Van Haaften never brings Abbott fully to life."
Van Haaften (From Talbot to Stieglitz: Masterpieces of Early Photography from the New York Public Library, 1982, etc.) seeks to evoke the genius of visionary photographer Berenice Abbott (1898-1991). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >