Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

DON'T SUCK, DON'T DIE by Kristin Hersh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"The book's great sadness is matched by the skill and vitality of Hersh's writing; it will make treasured and troubled reading for fans of Chesnutt and the author alike."
Glimpses of a musician's life and death. Read full book review >
THE FIRST KING OF HOLLYWOOD by Tracey Goessel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An informative, engaging life of a film icon."
A lively biography of a lauded actor. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A pleasure for fans of Benson and the band."
Affable, easygoing, sometimes almost-too-mellow memoir by the noted evangelist of Western swing music and driver of Asleep at the Wheel. Read full book review >
DIRTY BLVD. by Aidan Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A valuable study of Reed, further cementing his totemic influence as the high priest of art rock."
A biography of legendary rocker Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"As dense as Mirkwood in some places, but shafts of sunlight do break through."
The creator of languages for Game of Thrones and alien languages for sci-fi shows reveals the deeply intricate secrets behind his "conlanging" (constructed language-making).Read full book review >

I'LL NEVER WRITE MY MEMOIRS by Grace Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Jones' recollections are a passionate reminder of the fabulous, decadent, and manic coupling of life and art."
Iconoclastic model, singer, and actress Jones reflects on a highflying life of celebrity exuberance. Read full book review >
STRANGE TOOLS by Alva Noë
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A searching and learned response to vexing, long-debated questions."
Art as communication, transaction, and philosophy. Read full book review >
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter."
Lawson (Let's Pretend This Never Happened, 2012), "The Bloggess," pokes fun at herself as she addresses the serious nature of her mental and physical illnesses. Read full book review >
JOY RIDE by John Lahr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 21, 2015

"An exuberant, entertaining collection."
Portraits from a devoted theatergoer. Read full book review >
THE LAST SEASON by Stuart Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2015

"An affecting tale showing that you can go back home again."
A meditative memoir of a son, 60, and father, 95, bonding over college football. Read full book review >
A CARLIN HOME COMPANION by Kelly Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A funny, honest, and compassionate account of growing up with a master of comedy."
George Carlin's daughter offers an intimate look at her life growing up with a comedy legend. Read full book review >
GAMELIFE by Michael W. Clune
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ultimately, Clune remains unconvinced and unrepentant, offering his rebuttal in this provocative book."
A memoir about coming of age with video games, in which the author finds a reality more real than the outside world. 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 >