Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Well-handled by Davis: both heart gladdening and a challenge to start making sense of national immigration policy."
The story of four high schoolers from the wrong side of Phoenix who built a robot, entered it in a national competition that included such prestigious schools as MIT, and won. Read full book review >

ONCE UPON A TIME by Marina Warner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Both a beguiling appreciation of and a fascinating tour through faery, this offers riches aplenty for lovers of fantasy fiction, children's literature and the tales themselves."
This literary and cultural history of our engagement with, mostly, European fairy tales may be short, but it is far from slight. Read full book review >
CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES. MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC. BOYS, BOYS, BOYS. by Viv Albertine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Just the thing for fans of punk—and of its heroines, too."
Guitar hero and world-weary survivor Albertine turns in a thoughtful, delightfully written memoir of the days of punky yore. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A clumsy account about a tragic collision in which justice seems already to have been served."
Memoir of time spent with a deeply unpleasant and, in the end, murderous mogul. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career."
A veteran sportscaster revisits his career.
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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Shields writes with considerable reflection; she's done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she's learned."
Shields reflects on the protective—and stifling—relationship between her and her mother. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Johns comes across as an amiable guy who got lucky, and there must be more to it than that."
A matter-of-fact memoir by the renowned record producer. Read full book review >
CITIZENS OF THE GREEN ROOM by Mark Leibovich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Humorous, incisive and very droll."
Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST SHOWS ON EARTH by Linda Simon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"Simon brings a learned hand to this bright history of the circus, which emblazons as it preserves the magic."
From the Roman arena to the Pickle Family, Simon (Emerita, English/Skidmore Coll.; Coco Chanel, 2011, etc.) explores the tropes and stylings of the many-headed creature known as the circus.Read full book review >
YOU HAVE TO FUCKING EAT by Adam Mansbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A likable variation on a universal fucking theme."
Mansbach's (Rage Is Back, 2013, etc.) second children's book satire/foulmouthed balm for exhausted parents spotlights the agony of managing toddlers at mealtime.Read full book review >
GIL SCOTT-HERON by Marcus Baram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Controversial and enigmatic, the tragic trajectory of Scott-Heron's life and career is expertly examined in this testament to one of the last great radical artists."
The first full-length biography of the legendary poet/musician famous for his socially conscious lyrics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >