Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL by Carrie Brownstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Unlike many rock star memoirs, there's no sense that this book is a chore or a marketing effort. It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience."
First-class account of the life and times of an essential riot grrrl and the band she helped create. Read full book review >
SCIENCE OF THE MAGICAL by Matt Kaplan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A charming romp through the history of science."
How myths and magical beliefs may provide the first glimmers of scientific discovery. Read full book review >

IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED by Judah Friedlander
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A more-misses-than-hits collection that will likely find a home in bathroom-reading bins."
A comedian presents a series of drawings and cartoons, most of which "are comedy. But some are serious. Or just weird." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Not without its flaws, but a good choice for fans of David Halberstam's The Amateurs (1985), Daniel Boyne's The Red Rose Crew (2000), and similar books."
A brightly told story of the triumph of underdogs. Read full book review >
SINATRA by James Kaplan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"An appropriately big book for an oversized artistic presence."
The meatiness of the material justifies the length of the author's second (and concluding) volume of his biography of Frank Sinatra (1915-1998). Read full book review >

WILDFLOWER by Drew Barrymore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"It's easy to like Barrymore, and even if her life isn't quite an open book, we get an often funny, occasionally tear-jerking picture of a woman who has replaced past darkness with love and light and who just wants everyone to be happy."
An endearing, earnest, lightly cultivated garden of stories from the actress. Read full book review >
BEETHOVEN'S SYMPHONIES by Lewis Lockwood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2015

"Of particular interest to specialists but written with an authority and passion that will appeal to general readers as well."
From music scholar and biographer Lockwood (Emeritus, Music/Harvard Univ.; Beethoven: The Music and the Life, 2002, etc.), a close examination of nine works at the heart of the Western classical tradition.Read full book review >
SPEED KINGS by Andy Bull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A flawed but well-written and entertaining sports story."
Guardian senior sportswriter Bull recounts the history of modern bobsledding and the four men who led the American team to victory at the 1932 Winter Olympics. Read full book review >
MJ by Steve Knopper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Michael Jackson was, indeed, a genius. But he was undoubtedly a troubled genius, as this sweeping biography reveals."
A critical biography of the King of Pop that tries to keep the art at the forefront. Read full book review >
FIND A WAY by Diana Nyad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Inspiring reading for anyone who has ever dared to dream the impossible."
A celebrated endurance swimmer's account of her life in the water and the attempts that led to her successful 2013 swim from Cuba to Florida. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY by Richard A. Lertzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A comprehensive portrait of Mickey the screw-up; those wanting a more considered portrait of the artist will be disappointed."
The scuzzy life and desperate times of a movie icon. Read full book review >
GILLIAMESQUE by Terry Gilliam
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Fans will certainly want more, but for now, this will do."
The Monty Python member and controversial filmmaker pens his "Gilliamesque" autobiography. 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 >