Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An idolizing, overlong biography for avid bike-racing fans and speed freaks only."
An admiring biography of race car driver and daredevil Albert Champion (1878-1927). Read full book review >
WIDOW BASQUIAT by Jennifer Clement
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A disturbing and poetic biography of a talented but massively flawed artist."
A provocative account of the passionate but stormy relationship between a Canadian runaway named Suzanne Mallouk and acclaimed New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). Read full book review >

RUMOURS OF GLORY by Bruce Cockburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This unusually absorbing book will enthrall Cockburn fans and anyone interested in the life of a serious artist committed to his music and progressive causes."
The Canadian folk/rock singer-songwriter recalls a nomadic life spent witnessing the social and political crises of our time through song. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >