Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 7)

GAME OF CROWNS by Christopher Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"With gaspworthy and laugh-out-loud moments revealing scandalous and sympathetic details of the royal family, Andersen humanizes this privileged yet embattled group."
A conjecture of what the future holds for the British monarchy, combining the scholarship of a dissertation with the dishyness of a tabloid. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A challenging and provocative inquiry into how we see the world…now, 'the point is to change it.'"
A semiotics for the masses. Read full book review >

CHASING WATER by Anthony Ervin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A provocative and refreshingly honest redemption memoir."
A celebrated Olympian recounts how he rose to the top of his sport, crashed, and found redemption. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Genuine, intelligent, and candid."
A 40-something stand-up comedian's blisteringly honest and hilarious account of a life still "majorly under construction." Read full book review >
LIVES OF THE POETS (WITH GUITARS) by Ray Robertson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Despite the title adapted from Samuel Johnson and the occasional reference to Aristotle or Kierkegaard, Robertson does not strain to justify the music as poetry in this solid collection of essays."
A Canadian novelist illuminates the lives and careers of musicians he loves in a dozen critical essays. Read full book review >

THE NETWORK by Scott Woolley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Beginning in the era of an 'ever-expanding worldwide web of cables,' the book is readable but could have been fleshed out more fully."
The past envisions the future in a short book that spans a century of revolutions in communications. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"Boilen's warm, engaging voice pervades this treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with nearly three dozen musicians about the life-altering songs that inspired their musical careers. Read full book review >
MAKING MONTE CARLO by Mark Braude
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A well-researched, dramatic rags-to-riches urban tale."
A story of how one city attained spectacular wealth and luxury. Read full book review >
CRUSH by Cathy Alter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 2016

"The seemingly lightweight premise of an anthology built around celebrity crushes yields an outstanding selection of poignant and thought-provoking stories."
A few dozen writers recall their childhood infatuations with celebrated media stars or iconic characters (literary or animated) and how these crushes influenced their future lives. Read full book review >
HARVEY PENICK by Kevin Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"This thorough, absorbing biography is also a history of golf in America and how one man taught so many how to hit a golf ball so well."
A biography of the humble Texas golfer who taught greats of the game and whose little instructional guide became the best-selling golf book of all time. Read full book review >
GAME 7, 1986 by Ron Darling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Mets fans in particular will enjoy this wholly unique perspective on one of their fondest memories."
As we approach the 30th anniversary, a former All-Star pitcher, now broadcaster, reflects on the last game of the historic 1986 World Series. Read full book review >
KILL 'EM AND LEAVE by James McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An unconventional and fascinating portrait of Soul Brother No. 1 and the significance of his rise and fall in American culture."
National Book Award winner McBride (The Good Lord Bird, 2013, etc.) dissects the career, legacy, and myth of the Godfather of Soul.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >