Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

MR. AMERICA by John D. Fair
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 5, 2015

"An entertaining narrative of the bodybuilding subculture in America."
A history of the Mr. America pageant, the first major competitive bodybuilding showcase that helped popularize the sport. Read full book review >
GEORGE HARRISON by Graeme Thomson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2015

"Indifferent writing and tut-tutting and shallow criticism conspire to make this of interest mostly to completist collectors."
New biography of the youngest, gloomiest Beatle. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"Although the prose can plod, the information and insights engage in a rousing race for the end zone."
Three academics from Marquette University, one of whom (Koonce) is a former NFL player, apply some sociological techniques to analyzing the situations of ex-NFL players. Read full book review >
THE WRITERS by Miranda J. Banks
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 31, 2014

"An interesting case study of the impact of evolving technologies and distribution methods on a labor union's priorities and strategies."
Well-informed survey of film and TV writers' decadeslong battle to defend their economic and creative interests. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Funny and engaging throughout and, for all the author's self-deprecation, perfectly erudite."
Is there life after Dan Brown? That was the question worrying Miller (Tilting at Windmills: How I Tried to Stop Worrying and Love Sport, 2003), who had a midlife crisis of confidence after realizing it had been years since he had picked up anything heavier than The Da Vinci Code.Read full book review >

LET'S GO CRAZY by Alan Light
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"A must-read for the Prince die-hards who have remained devoted through the musical meanderings of the last three decades."
Everything you ever wanted to know about the making of the popular Prince movie—and much more. Read full book review >
BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR by Scott Saul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Better written and more thoughtful than David and Joe Henry's Furious Cool (2013). The latter remains worth reading, but this book is the place to start."
Smart blend of social history and biography centering on one of the funniest—and most tragic—people of our time. Read full book review >
CHASE YOUR SHADOW by John Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"The fascinating story of a once-invincible man 'who has made the best of the cards that life has dealt him but…revealed himself to possess to an equally extreme degree the insecurities that all are prey to.'"
An engaging biography of the Olympic sprinter and convicted killer we thought we knew. Read full book review >
WHEN BOOKS WENT TO WAR by Molly Guptill Manning
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A fresh perspective on the trials of war and the power of books."
How books raised spirits during World War II. Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"Well-handled by Davis: both heart gladdening and a challenge to start making sense of national immigration policy."
The story of four high schoolers from the wrong side of Phoenix who built a robot, entered it in a national competition that included such prestigious schools as MIT, and won. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A TIME by Marina Warner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 2014

"Both a beguiling appreciation of and a fascinating tour through faery, this offers riches aplenty for lovers of fantasy fiction, children's literature and the tales themselves."
This literary and cultural history of our engagement with, mostly, European fairy tales may be short, but it is far from slight. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >