Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

BOYS IN THE TREES by Carly Simon
Released: Nov. 24, 2015

"Memoirs by rock icons of the 1960s and '70s are flying fast and furious these days. This is one of the best, lively and memorable. Check the new album that accompanies the book, too."
Understated but revealing memoir by the long-absent but still much-played pop star. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author's ambitions."
A journalist's obsession with his subject is renewed. Read full book review >

The Bakersfield Sound by Robert E. Price
Released: Nov. 20, 2015

"An informative read that's well-suited to readers interested in country music and its history."
This debut nonfiction work traces the history, development, and legacy of the Californian country-music subgenre known as the "Bakersfield sound." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Pugh gracefully dances the fine line between critic and fan."
In her debut, a scholar and freelance critic transforms some key people and events into artful coat trees on which to hang the history of American popular dance. Read full book review >
WHAT THE EYE HEARS by Brian Seibert
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Awfully long for all but the most committed tap fanatics, but an intelligent, thoughtful assessment worth dipping into by anyone interested in American culture."
New York Times dance critic Seibert debuts with an exhaustive account of tap, from its roots in African dance to its multicultural apotheosis. Read full book review >

YOUNG ORSON by Patrick McGilligan
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"McGilligan works overtime trying to justify such a massive book about only a part of Welles' life, but it's also buoyed by a dependably powerful subject at the center."
A boy wonder's life—overlong but also filling. Read full book review >
BUT ENOUGH ABOUT ME by Burt Reynolds
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"A largely toothless and perfunctory look back at an extraordinary career—it may be cool to not give a damn, but here it makes for an uninvolving reading experience."
Jock, joke, movie star, centerfold: the many lives of Burt Reynolds. Read full book review >
HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE by David Thomson
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An enjoyably deep dive into the interaction between cinema and psyche."
Celebrated movie critic and film studies teacher Thomson (Moments that Made the Movies, 2013, etc.) implores viewers to scrutinize themselves as closely as what's playing on the silver screen—or YouTube.Read full book review >
YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes
Released: Nov. 11, 2015

"Rhimes said 'yes' to sharing her insights. Following her may not land you on the cover of a magazine, but you'll be glad you did."
The queen of Thursday night TV delivers a sincere and inspiring account of saying yes to life. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A unique, poised, and polished first book from a respected actress."
An award-winning actress's collection of never-sent literary missives to the men who have most influenced her personal development. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Worthy of Studs Terkel and an essential addition to the books of the Dead."
Coming on its 50th anniversary and just after the band's farewell tour, an engaging, near-comprehensive oral history of the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF K2 by Mick Conefrey
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Most of us will never experience K2. Conefrey leaves readers with both tremendous admiration for and an appreciation of the consequences for those who succeed in an adventure so physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing."
Chronicling the superhuman efforts to climb, though never conquer, the "Savage Mountain." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 4, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >