Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

THE PHENOMENON by Rick Ankiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A solid sports memoir that explores more than just sports."
A former Major League Baseball player offers an affecting account of his unique professional career and dramatic personal life. Read full book review >
INFINITE TUESDAY by Michael Nesmith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A book—and a life—unlike any other in rock."
This selectively revealing, insightful memoir casts the cerebral Monkee as a spiritual seeker and self-deprecating visionary. Read full book review >

THE CAKE AND THE RAIN by Jimmy Webb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"An insider's view of the star-maker machinery and a treat for Webb's many fans."
All the sweet icing melts down, and some bitterness and tragedy lie exposed in the life of the hit-making songwriter. Read full book review >
LUCKY JIM by James Hart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A finely written, painful, but profound book."
A former business executive tells the moving story of his rise from poverty to privilege and the secrets that haunted—and almost destroyed—his life. Read full book review >
MY BRITISH INVASION by Harold Bronson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Occasional nuggets of revelation amid a whole lot of dross."
A memoir from the co-founder of Rhino Records. Read full book review >

NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brave and moving tale of food, family, and psychology."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger tells the story of his struggle to come to terms with his Portuguese heritage, bipolar disorder, and homosexuality. Read full book review >
GOLDEN by Marcus Thompson II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fans of the Warriors and especially of Curry will enjoy the book, which has its virtues in terms of depth and insight, but the rest can wait until Curry's career is over for a more fully fleshed and less-adulatory biography."
A hagiographic look at an NBA star with a lot of career ahead of him. Read full book review >
MY CUBS by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant, slight memoir with a happy ending."
The NPR Weekend Edition host offers an extended personal essay about his lifelong infatuation with the Chicago Cubs. Read full book review >
LETTERMAN by Jason Zinoman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"This incisive, illuminating book shows the personal toll that success took on all responsible, the price paid for laughs."
The tale of a tormented TV star and his legacy. Read full book review >
DIG IF YOU WILL THE PICTURE by Ben Greenman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Likely not the definitive book on Prince, but certainly one that merits attention by fans and students of pop culture alike."
A satisfying portrait, warts included, of the Purple One, one-time heir to the thrones of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix alike. Read full book review >
ARNIE by Tom Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable book about golf for golfers who play the game and enjoy reading about its history."
An insider chronicles the career of the great golfer. Read full book review >
FALSTAFF by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm."
An ardent admirer of Shakespeare analyzes an incomparably robust character. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >