Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

I'M NOT A TERRORIST, BUT I'VE PLAYED ONE ON TV by Maz Jobrani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A funny and occasionally insightful memoir of an Iranian-American comedian finding a voice in showbiz."
The struggles and successes of "the Persian Eddie Murphy." Read full book review >

THE MONOPOLISTS by Mary Pilon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A fascinating, appealingly written history of an iconic American amusement."
In her debut, New York Times sports reporter Pilon deftly explores the origin of the Monopoly board game.Read full book review >
ALPHABETICAL by Michael Rosen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A delightfully informative book about letters, their meanings, and the words and meanings we derive from them."
A poet, writer of children's books and host of BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth tells the history of each letter in our alphabet.Read full book review >
THE LIVING YEARS by Mike Rutherford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"The death of Rutherford's father frames the narrative, establishing a reflective tone that the memoir sustains."
A genial, gentlemanly memoir about a band that has weathered plenty of upheaval without apparently suffering much strife. Read full book review >

GODS AND KINGS by Dana Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A deep dive into the provocative art of creation and the toll it exacts from those touched by its gifts."
A juxtaposition of the storied arcs of two of fashion's most celebrated, and ultimately doomed, geniuses. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A HEROINE by Samantha Ellis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"As Ellis shows in this charming, gracefully written memoir, literary heroines revealed to her new life stories, new selves and her own power to invent her life."
A literary journey to self-discovery. Read full book review >
1965 by Andrew Grant Jackson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 2015

"Good enough as far as it goes, but Peter Guralnick and Greil Marcus can rest easy, unthreatened by competition here."
Lively though superficial survey of the annus mirabilis that brought us "Eve of Destruction," "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Help!"Read full book review >
SCHUBERT'S WINTER JOURNEY by Ian Bostridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A graceful confirmation that reading can be an integrative education that offers a surprise with every turn of the page."
A singer, author and professor expertly escorts us through Winterreise, Franz Schubert's 24-song cycle.Read full book review >
THE B SIDE by Ben Yagoda
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A provocative, consistently engaging counternarrative to the conventional wisdom that rock 'n' roll killed Tin Pan Alley."
The latest from Yagoda (Journalism/Delaware Univ.; How to Not Write Bad, 2013, etc.) shows good ears, strong critical instincts and an unabashed love for a variety of music, including the rock 'n' roll that supposedly closed the pages on the Great American Songbook—the few hundred standards that have endured through a wide variety of distinctive interpretations. Read full book review >
REELING THROUGH LIFE by Tara Ison
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though well-written and engaging, this is basically a book-length aphorism, something discharged by Paddy Chayefsky in a single passage from Network."
Novelist and nonfiction author Ison (Rockaway, 2013) unspools a montage of images that illustrate how her thoughts and feelings were channeled through lives on the big screen.Read full book review >
CULTURE CRASH by Scott Timberg
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Timberg's bibliographic essay cites many authors echoing his arguments; a more focused analysis and concrete solutions would have strengthened this book."
A journalist investigates the state of the arts. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >