Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

PHOG by Scott Morrow Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A biography whose dough needs less honey and more salt."
A freelance sportswriter debuts with a generous, admiring account of the life of pioneering basketball coach Forrest Clare "Phog" Allen (1885-1974). Read full book review >
TO PIXAR AND BEYOND by Lawrence Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A footnote to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but not a minor one."
Pixar's former chief financial officer turns in an insider's account of one of the world's most influential digital media companies. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >