Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

MAKE 'EM LAUGH by Debbie Reynolds
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Names drop like snowflakes, glistening in the sunny terrain of this exuberant memoir."
A frothy collection of stories and gossip from the comedic actress. Read full book review >
ALONE ON THE WALL by Alex Honnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"An inspiringly intense memoir for readers of adventure lit."
A much-honored climber's exciting story of the death-defying feats that led to rock-climbing superstardom. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Ably captures the antic spirit of the New Yorker's first heyday."
A fresh view of the much-chronicled magazine, focused on the three writers/editors who, with founder Harold Ross, shaped its sophisticated stance in the years between the world wars. Read full book review >
CURVOLOGY by David Bainbridge
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 7, 2015

"An articulate yet debatable and uneven survey of the endlessly beguiling female form."
The biology, culture, and vanities perennially orbiting the female body. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A lively, raucous, and immensely entertaining love letter to the funny business."
A comprehensive history of American stand-up comedy, from vaudeville to Twitter. Read full book review >

I BLAME DENNIS HOPPER by Illeana Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's warm portraits and disarming honesty infuse the memoir with an endearing sweetness and charm."
Actress, producer, and director Douglas celebrates her love of movies in a cheerful debut memoir. Read full book review >
LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
ANDY AND DON by Daniel de Visé
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"The author's affection for his principals permeates all, brightening the dark corners and dulling the jagged edges."
Veteran journalist de Visé (co-author, with Su Meck: I Forgot to Remember, 2014) returns with a plethora of memories about actors Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, who propelled The Andy Griffith Show to enormous popularity in the 1960s.Read full book review >
AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE by Stan Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A worthwhile primer for adoring acolytes, but too much P.T. Barnum and not enough behind-the-scenes insights for a broader audience."
Comic book legend Lee offers fans a graphic autobiography in his inimitably jaunty style. Read full book review >
CHAPTER AND VERSE by Bernard Sumner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."
A reticent British rock star opens up—a little. Read full book review >
DAVID LYNCH by Dennis Lim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A streamlined and breezily engaging—but impressively rigorous—evaluation of a unique film talent; essential reading for fans of Lynch and the immersive, elusive worlds he creates."
The director of programming at the Film Society of Lincoln Center delivers a short, sharp reckoning with the dangerous visions of celebrated filmmaker David Lynch. Read full book review >
WOODY by David Evanier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A fan letter in the form of a biography."
A celebratory biography of the director "whose public persona is instantly and eternally assumed to be his real personality." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >