Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

AMERICAN TITAN by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A close, unblinking look at a bright star with some internal darkness."
A veteran biographer of pop-culture icons (Cary Grant, Walt Disney, Clint Eastwood) returns with an account of the astonishing film career of Marion Robert Morrison (1907-1979). Read full book review >
THE QB by Bruce Feldman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Enlightening for those interested in performance psychology, kinetic motion analysis and the 'competitive temperament' of alpha males."
A yearlong, behind-the-scenes look at the booming—and lucrative—business of coaching upcoming quarterbacks. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Sometimes accused of being a complainer on the court, Boeheim comes across as likable in this readable, thoughtful book about coaching college basketball."
An autobiography from a legendary coaching lifer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A powerful rendering of an enduring conflict."
A history of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), which triggered a substantial protest by African-Americans, who resented their vile portrayal in the film.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Who knew bowling alleys could tell such entertaining stories?"
A hard-boiled and often funny look at the hustlers, thugs and characters of the 1960s New York bowling underworld. Read full book review >

THE UNIVERSAL TONE by Carlos Santana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An appreciative and unpretentious chronicle, this is required reading for Santana fans and devotees of classic rock legends."
The Mexican-American classic guitar legend (and 2013 Kennedy Center honoree) shares his life before and beneath the rock 'n' roll spotlight with the assistance of Kahn (The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, 2006, etc.) and Miller.Read full book review >
I MUST SAY by Martin Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A true vaudevillian, Short is always on as he delivers funny anecdotes from a diffuse and storied career."
Actor, singer and spasmodic funnyman Short delivers a memoir with cameos by his famous characters. Read full book review >
YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW by Sophia Loren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A nostalgic recollection of the great beauty's movies and memories."
The award-winning actress and international sex symbol tells her life story, from her childhood in Naples, Italy, to her rise to the top of the Hollywood A-list. Read full book review >
CAPTURING MUSIC by Thomas Forrest Kelly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Charmingly written, with plenty of interesting historical tidbits—recommended for anyone interested in early music."
A comprehensive account of one of the key inventions in music history: a method for writing down a composition so someone could learn it without hearing it performed. Read full book review >
WAGSTAFF by Philip Gefter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Gefter draws on interviews and considerable research to create a richly detailed portrait of a connoisseur who defied convention in the art world and in his own life."
The life of an influential champion of photography as an art form. Read full book review >
BOHEMIANS, BOOTLEGGERS, FLAPPERS, AND SWELLS by Graydon Carter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into occasionally, this collection serves as a fine primer to one magazine's contribution to a golden age of American magazine writing."
A collection of a wide range of Vanity Fair articles ranging from 1914 to 1936, when the Great Depression forced the magazine to merge with Vogue. Read full book review >
ON THE ROAD WITH JANIS JOPLIN by John Byrne Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Significant for ardent devotees of Joplin; less than essential for others."
A memoir of the author's time working for the spellbinding Janis Joplin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >