Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 7)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fun to read and as ephemeral as the latest fashion trend."
Behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry from high-profile editor/stylist/TV personality Zee. Read full book review >
BEAST by Doug Merlino
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A mostly fascinating exposé of the personalities behind the growing business of fighting."
Journalist Merlino (The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, 2010) delves into the fierce and unforgiving world of competitive mixed martial arts fighting.Read full book review >

INTERLOCK by Patricia Goldstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"An exhausting deluge of information about a man many remember as a 'natural-born hustler.'"
A tormented artist's life and death. Read full book review >
MASSIVE PISSED LOVE by Richard Hell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fuel for Hell's minions, a fan's notes for fans."
The storied punk rocker, autodidact, and memoirist (I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, 2013) careens among a host of lit- and culture-crit topics.Read full book review >
KEEP MOVING by Dick Van Dyke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Those with fond memories of the author's wholesome movies and TV shows may take pleasure in this dose of good cheer; others not so much."
In this follow-up to his memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011), song-and-dance man Van Dyke relishes his approaching 90th birthday and shares some tips for readers on reaching and enjoying that venerable age.Read full book review >

MY JOURNEY by Donna Karan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Clothes, Karan believes, should be 'a supporting player in your story, never the story itself.' In her elegant and satisfying memoir, the author achieves just that."
A stylish yet substantive memoir from a fashion titan, written in a New York accent. Read full book review >
IF SOMEONE SAYS "YOU COMPLETE ME," RUN! by Whoopi Goldberg
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Witty in the classic Goldberg mold, but most of this is common-sense stuff that can be found in a variety of popular magazines."
Goldberg (Whoopi Goldberg Book, 1997, etc.) offers unvarnished advice on relationships. Read full book review >
UNFAITHFUL MUSIC & DISAPPEARING INK by Elvis Costello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Overlong but still packed with great lines, vivid anecdotes, and plenty of photos. Certainly a treat for his many fans."
Everything you ever wanted to know—and more—about hyperliterate songwriter and performer Costello. Read full book review >
EMPIRE OF IMAGINATION by Michael Witwer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Well-researched but with limited appeal."
A gaming enthusiast pays homage to Gary Gygax (1938-2008), the creator of the swords-and-sorcery role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons. Read full book review >
CHANGING THE SUBJECT by Sven Birkerts
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Cogent and thoughtful, if nostalgic, essays urging our attention not to iPads and smartphones but to art."
A literary critic questions the effect of digital technology on minds, literature, and creativity. Read full book review >
MY YEAR OF RUNNING DANGEROUSLY by Tom Foreman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Even the author's long-suffering family had to admit at the end of the season that he was happier, and readers will enjoy running alongside him."
The chronicle of a father's response when his daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?" Read full book review >
RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating gift to theater lovers."
The riotous revival of Broadway. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >