Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER by Phil West
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans of MLS will appreciate West's perspective, and those who are not yet fans may be convinced by this brief, worthwhile history."
A perfectly fine book about an adequate soccer league. Read full book review >
AMERICAN DREAMER by Tommy Hilfiger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An honest, straightforward, mostly entertaining autobiography of the man who created a classic yet hip line of clothing."
A memoir from the famed fashion designer. Read full book review >

ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Peter Ackroyd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Ackroyd writes of his enigmatic subject, 'he did not want anyone to come too close.' Alas, readers of this book will not get as close to that subject as they might like."
A celebrated biographer adds to the tall pile of biographies about cinema's master of suspense. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Engaging because it doesn't take itself too seriously."
A fitfully amusing memoir that seems to be based on the (seemingly correct) premise that any comedian can land a book deal. Read full book review >
BEATLES '66 by Steve Turner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Sir Paul once remarked to the author, 'We were just four kids trying to earn a living.' They were much, much more, of course, and while he breaks little new ground, Turner does a nice job of capturing them at their best."
A pleasing romp through the Beatles' annus mirabilis. Read full book review >

GUNSLINGER by Jeff Pearlman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though not without its flaws, Pearlman's book is a complete, satisfying biography of a gunslinger who, for both better and worse, was far more complex than most fans have understood."
A warts-and-all biography of one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. Read full book review >
THE 60S by The New Yorker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The hits continue. Bring on the '70s."
The third installment in the esteemed magazine's superb decades series. Read full book review >
WALK THROUGH WALLS by Marina Abramovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Her biographer, James Westcott, once said: 'every time she tells a story, it gets better,' and one can't help but wait in anticipation of what she is concocting for her next tour de force."
Legendary performance artist Abramovic unveils her story in this highly anticipated memoir. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"The electric guitar changed the world, and Tolinski and di Perna impressively reveal its epic story."
Two music writers explore the history of one of the most iconic instruments of the past 100 years. Read full book review >
AL CAPONE by Deirdre Bair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A serviceable addition to the extensive existing scholarship. Though intelligent and thoughtfully documented, considering the source material and colorful subject, the book is a somewhat anemic read, lacking the narrative verve readers expect from Bair."
National Book Award winner Bair (Saul Steinberg, 2012, etc.) examines the life and legend of infamous crime boss Al Capone (1899-1947). Read full book review >
TELEVISION by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A bracing, essential engagement with the ramifications of our lives before the small screen."
The article in the subtitle of this book is telling. The eminent film writer offers not a definitive or comprehensive history of TV but a personal celebration of his particular fascinations and a provocative consideration of the ways in which the very mechanics of the medium affect the audience, both as individuals and as a mass culture. Read full book review >
NOT DEAD YET by Phil Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though without the gruff nastiness of Keith Richards' Life or the raw poetry of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, this is a pleasing entry in the pop-confessional genre."
Of beat-keeping, boozing, and stardom: Genesis drummer and solo star Collins tells…well, something approaching all. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >