Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

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 >
DAVID HOCKNEY by Christopher Simon Sykes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Drawing on interviews with Hockney, his siblings, and colleagues; Hockey's autobiography; and diaries of famous friends, such as Christopher Isherwood and Stephen Spender, Sykes matches his subject's ebullience in this admiring, well-researched life."
Hockney from age 38 to 75, bubbling with enthusiasm. Read full book review >

IS THAT ALL THERE IS? by James Gavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An overly detailed biography that Lee's die-hard fans will welcome."
The sad, troubled life of the popular jazz singer. Read full book review >
THE ANNOTATED MIXTAPE by Joshua Harmon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Harmon's dedication as a collector will be appreciated by any audiophile, but his essays lack cohesion and continuity, making the collection feel too insular."
An obsessive record collector's personal essays categorized by song. Read full book review >
THE NEW CENSORSHIP by Joel Simon
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not so much a powerful reading experience as an attempt to influence international policy."
As the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, Columbia Journalism Review and Slate contributor Simon (Endangered Mexico: An Environment on the Edge, 1997) has a worthy agenda, which he advances here in a manner devoid of both sensationalism and much literary flair.Read full book review >

WATCH ME by Anjelica Huston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Amid the fluff and the flutter are some true passion and pain."
The second and final volume of the celebrated actress's memoir charts her beginnings as an actress and director, her emotional gains and losses, and the births and deaths that affected her. Read full book review >
THE ANDY COHEN DIARIES by Andy Cohen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"The flamboyant talk show host delivers an entirely expected book: a glitzy, glamorous, goofy look at 365 days of a charmed showbiz life."
Cable TV's dishiest guy at his dishy best. Read full book review >
WAYS OF CURATING by Hans Ulrich Obrist
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A succinct, personal perspective on the intellectual sources and enthusiasms of a distinguished figure in the contemporary art world."
An acclaimed curator reflects on how, and why, we look at art. Read full book review >
HOPE by Richard Zoglin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"In this rich and entertaining work, Zoglin pulls no punches but also remains an astonished admirer."
A contributing editor and theater critic for Time weighs in with what will immediately become the definitive biography of the legendary comedian, born Leslie Townes Hope (1903-2003). Read full book review >
RESPECT by David Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art."
A biography of the "Queen of Soul" by the co-author of her memoir, From These Roots (1999). Read full book review >
SCIENCE...FOR HER! by Megan Amram
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Despite some laughs, this book will try the patience of even its targeted readership."
This parody of a science textbook for women, recast in Cosmo style, has a funny concept and cover, but the text itself is so padded that more will skim it than read it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An idolizing, overlong biography for avid bike-racing fans and speed freaks only."
An admiring biography of race car driver and daredevil Albert Champion (1878-1927). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >