Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

MUSIC IN THE AGE OF ANXIETY by James Wierzbicki
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 30, 2016

"An ambitious yet frustrating account of music in an era that has much in common with our own."
A musicologist looks at the music of the 1950 as it relates to currents in American society as a whole. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 2016

"Despite the multiple sports explored and the large cast of characters, Futterman develops his theme seamlessly in a book that will appeal to casual fans as well as those who live and die according to the accomplishments of athletes."
In his debut, Wall Street Journal reporter Futterman explains how American professional athletes in a variety of sports morphed from poorly paid to multimillionaire status in the span of just a few decades.Read full book review >

BARBRA STREISAND by Neal Gabler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A worthy book, particularly for readers unfamiliar with any of the full-length Streisand biographies."
In the latest in the Jewish Lives series, an experienced biographer delves into Barbra Streisand's psyche. Read full book review >
PISTOLS AND PETTICOATS by Erika Janik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"An entertaining history of women's daring, defiant life choices."
A history of the intrepid women who ventured into male territory to solve crimes. Read full book review >
CITIZEN KANE by Harlan Lebo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Published to coincide with the film's 75th anniversary, this book is a gold mine for fans."
Everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest films of all time—and then some. Read full book review >

SPEAKING FREELY by Robert L. Bernstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A well-written book for lovers of book publishing and supporters of human rights."
Former Random House President Bernstein gives a fascinating history of publishing in the 20th century and traces the beginnings of the human rights movement. Read full book review >
HER AGAIN by Michael Schulman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A brisk, gossipy, and entertaining biography."
An admiring portrait of a rising star. Read full book review >
THE JAZZ OF PHYSICS by Stephon Alexander
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 2016

"A physics-for-poets guide that's more exuberant than enlightening."
Look to jazz greats like John Coltrane for insights into subatomic particles and the history of the cosmos. Read full book review >
REAL ARTISTS HAVE DAY JOBS by Sara Benincasa
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 26, 2016

"Raunchy and unabashedly unapologetic, this is useful, take-no-prisoners humor."
Raw and ribald advice for growing up. Read full book review >
APPROVAL JUNKIE by Faith Salie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Funny, touching essays on being a multifaceted woman with unique dreams, desires, and needs."
A TV and radio host acknowledges her need to be liked and tells how she's worked hard to overcome this. Read full book review >
GOD IS ROUND by Juan Villoro
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 19, 2016

"For millions around the world, soccer is not just a game, but rather life itself and, as Villoro ably reveals, very much worth pursuing to the final whistle."
A lyrical exploration of the global game of soccer. Read full book review >
PETER ARNO by Michael Maslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A book that could have been funnier, though admittedly Maslin delivers more chuckles per page than Renata Adler. The book is also insightful about the workings of a magazine that is a critically important cultural institution."
The life of the once-influential cartoonist, a favorite of New Yorker readers for decades.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >