Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

WHO WE BE by Jeff Chang
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"An intriguing attempt at cutting through the dissonance of a series of changing cultural milieus."
Sprawling examination of how American society has responded to multiculturalism and demographic diversity. Read full book review >
BROTHAS BE, YO LIKE GEORGE, AIN'T THAT FUNKIN' KINDA HARD ON YOU? by George Clinton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Though sometimes too slow and a touch, well, normal, Clinton's memoir proves a treat for the many who love his work."
Uncle Jam's funkadactic crusade continues in a book that, though less rollicking than a fan might expect, still kicks it. Read full book review >

FOOD by Jim Gaffigan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Laughs served up just right on every page."
Veteran comedian Gaffigan (Dad Is Fat, 2013) once again proves that the surest way to the American funny bone is through a mouthful of cheeseburger and fries, followed by a milkshake chaser. Read full book review >
THE FLATLANDERS by John T. Davis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"A celebration of music made in the spirit of friendship rather than careerism."
Conservative West Texas spawns radical creativity and lifelong bonds of friendship in this story of an unlikely band. Read full book review >
MORE AWESOME THAN MONEY by Jim Dwyer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Slowly paced, familiar narrative of tech dreams and youthful hubris."
Journalistic account of an ambitious, ill-fated attempt at creating a privacy-oriented alternative to Facebook. Read full book review >

DOES SANTA EXIST? by Eric Kaplan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"Kaplan's investigation into the ontology of Santa Claus is erudite, readable and exceedingly funny."
The acclaimed comedy writer and co-executive producer of The Big Bang Theory presents a unique and peculiar philosophical inquiry into the belief in Santa Claus.Read full book review >
FAR AND NEAR by Neil Peart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Far less scandalous than 'rock drummer writes book' might suggest but far more interesting, too."
Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Rush lyricist/drummer extraordinaire returns with another collection of essays about life on the road, the pleasures (and perils) of the journey and lessons learned along the way. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Alinder's sympathetic history captures the excitement and energy of determined artists who invigorated and redefined the art of photography."
In the 1930s, daring young artists invented a distinctive style of photography. Read full book review >
EVEN <i>THIS</i> I GET TO EXPERIENCE by Norman Lear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A big-hearted, richly detailed chronicle of comedy, commitment and a long life lived fully."
A TV titan on his memorable life and storied career. Read full book review >
ON HIGHWAY 61 by Dennis McNally
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A concise, Dylan-heavy history of the American relationship between race and music."
A combination of cultural history of American popular music and race relations and a fan's notes on Bob Dylan, whose story consumes the final 100 pages. Read full book review >
THE BEST IN THE WORLD by Chris Jericho
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A rollicking ride through a large swath of the entertainment industry."
The WWE wrestler and entertainer chronicles his latest alcohol-fueled adventures and his push to become a bigger celebrity. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The edifying, colorful adventures of headhunters captured in America by a sideshow rascal."
This bright story of a shameless huckster evokes a unique bit of Americana at the turn of the 20th century, when the nation dabbled in empire-building and the display of human beings as objects of curiosity was a staple of show business. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >