Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 7)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A thoroughly researched and frequently enlightening but somewhat ponderous tribute to a beloved classic."
A film scholar explores the legendary history and lasting appeal of Casablanca (1942). Read full book review >
IDENTITY UNKNOWN by Donna Seaman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Seaman's frequent thesaurus-leaning renders her portraits overpainted, but despite its awkward turns, this is a decidedly important and long-overdue showcase (two 16-page color inserts)."
Vital portraits of forgotten women artists that aim to celebrate their lives and work and to establish their permanent standing within the canon of contemporary art. Read full book review >

BAD SINGER by Tim Falconer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A spirited, even adventurous look at the mysteries of how the human brain perceives and processes sound—and even, on occasion, manages to make beautiful music."
"I'm a bad singer. And deep down, it matters." Falling down a rabbit hole in B-minor, Canadian science writer Falconer (Magazine Journalism/Ryerson Univ.; That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and the End-of-Life Care, 2009, etc.) explores all that bad singing entails. Read full book review >
STUDIO GRACE by Eric Siblin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"Engaging look at the seductions of late-in-life creativity and a cleareyed account of the strange state of today's music industry."
Affectionate memoir of a second-career songwriter finally making a record, alongside a cast of music-scene lifers. Read full book review >
FIELD RECORDINGS FROM THE INSIDE by Joe Bonomo
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A largely unfocused and insular journey through Bonomo's experiences with pop music."
An unconventional investigation into the ways in which music influences our lives. Read full book review >

INSTRUMENTAL by James Rhodes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A powerful story of day-to-day survival, struggle, triumph, and hope."
A noted classical pianist revisits the horrors of the abuse and rape he experienced as a little boy and rehearses the enduring effects on his life, loves, and music. Read full book review >
THE MEN IN MY LIFE by Patricia Bosworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A forthright memoir of pain and aspirations enlivened by sharp portraits of a host of colorful celebrities."
The theater world of the 1950s forms the backdrop for a star-studded memoir. Read full book review >
THE ACTUAL ONE by Isy Suttie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Waggish entertainment on a single woman's search for a life partner."
How a British comedian and actress has tried to avoid growing up at all costs. Read full book review >
SUBSTANCE by Peter Hook
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A well-written and brutally honest remembrance of the glory days of rave culture."
Life after Joy Division: an insider offers a comprehensive history of New Order. Read full book review >
LARA by Anna Pasternak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A sympathetic portrait of a woman who saw her lover in the same 'heroic light' as he saw himself."
A British journalist investigates her great-uncle's love affair. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"An illuminating look at racial strife and TV history."
Memoir, history, and biography meld in this account of the creation of a famed civil rights documentary. Read full book review >
ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK by Michael Sims
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Even the most learned of Baker Street Irregulars will enjoy Sims' look at the making of Sherlock Holmes."
Those were the footprints of a gigantic…forensic scientist! 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 >