Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 7)

CLOTHES, CLOTHES, CLOTHES. MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC. BOYS, BOYS, BOYS. by Viv Albertine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 2014

"Just the thing for fans of punk—and of its heroines, too."
Guitar hero and world-weary survivor Albertine turns in a thoughtful, delightfully written memoir of the days of punky yore. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A clumsy account about a tragic collision in which justice seems already to have been served."
Memoir of time spent with a deeply unpleasant and, in the end, murderous mogul. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"A playful puppy of a memoir about a big dog career."
A veteran sportscaster revisits his career.
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THERE WAS A LITTLE GIRL by Brooke Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 18, 2014

"Shields writes with considerable reflection; she's done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she's learned."
Shields reflects on the protective—and stifling—relationship between her and her mother. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Johns comes across as an amiable guy who got lucky, and there must be more to it than that."
A matter-of-fact memoir by the renowned record producer. Read full book review >

CITIZENS OF THE GREEN ROOM by Mark Leibovich
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 13, 2014

"Humorous, incisive and very droll."
Amusing and perceptive tales of the political animals in the zoo that is Washington, D.C. Read full book review >
THE GREATEST SHOWS ON EARTH by Linda Simon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"Simon brings a learned hand to this bright history of the circus, which emblazons as it preserves the magic."
From the Roman arena to the Pickle Family, Simon (Emerita, English/Skidmore Coll.; Coco Chanel, 2011, etc.) explores the tropes and stylings of the many-headed creature known as the circus.Read full book review >
YOU HAVE TO FUCKING EAT by Adam Mansbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2014

"A likable variation on a universal fucking theme."
Mansbach's (Rage Is Back, 2013, etc.) second children's book satire/foulmouthed balm for exhausted parents spotlights the agony of managing toddlers at mealtime.Read full book review >
GIL SCOTT-HERON by Marcus Baram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Controversial and enigmatic, the tragic trajectory of Scott-Heron's life and career is expertly examined in this testament to one of the last great radical artists."
The first full-length biography of the legendary poet/musician famous for his socially conscious lyrics. Read full book review >
DAVID HOCKNEY by Christopher Simon Sykes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Drawing on interviews with Hockney, his siblings, and colleagues; Hockey's autobiography; and diaries of famous friends, such as Christopher Isherwood and Stephen Spender, Sykes matches his subject's ebullience in this admiring, well-researched life."
Hockney from age 38 to 75, bubbling with enthusiasm. Read full book review >
IS THAT ALL THERE IS? by James Gavin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An overly detailed biography that Lee's die-hard fans will welcome."
The sad, troubled life of the popular jazz singer. Read full book review >
THE ANNOTATED MIXTAPE by Joshua Harmon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Harmon's dedication as a collector will be appreciated by any audiophile, but his essays lack cohesion and continuity, making the collection feel too insular."
An obsessive record collector's personal essays categorized by song. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >