Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

CINEMATEXAS NOTES by Louis Black
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 26, 2018

"An elegant package of serious, insightful film criticism in an irresistibly concise and engaging format—delightful to dip into for cinephiles and cinema studies neophytes alike."
Film school, pocket-sized. Read full book review >
HEMORRHOIDS AT HALFTIME by Hank  Roth
Released: Feb. 21, 2018

"A wide-ranging, personal book that addresses may different aspects of high school sports."
Debut author Roth, a former high school coach and sports administrator with decades of experience, offers amusing and enlightening remembrances, a brief history of high school athletics in the United States, and tips for coaches, parents, officials, and players. Read full book review >

FLASH! by John Dufresne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Not the place to learn about the short story genre itself but a good place to learn how to write some really, really short ones."
A how-to guide to writing flash fiction. Read full book review >
ALL THE PIECES MATTER by Jonathan Abrams
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Filled with revealing information from the participants, intriguing tidbits, and show trivia, this compendium will have fans scurrying back to their DVD sets."
An oral history of the acclaimed HBO police drama. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD by Isaac Butler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A chorus of candid, emotional, and often moving testimonies."
An oral history traces the life of an iconic American play. Read full book review >

RICHARD POTTER by John Hodgson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A focused, scholarly, definitive life history that gives voice to a pioneering and little-known entertainment legacy."
The history of an itinerant "almost unknown" 19th-century African- American showman who changed the face of one-man entertainment. Read full book review >
BERLIN 1936 by Oliver Hilmes
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Thomas Mann, listening to the Games from exile in Switzerland, knew that Hitler's intent was 'to intimidate, indeed overwhelm the rest of the world.' This mostly illuminating book chronicles those efforts and suggests the horrors to come."
The drama and personal stories behind one of the most famous—and infamous—Olympic Games. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An expansive, prodigiously researched, and masterfully told history."
A "glittering saga" about the other black Renaissance. Read full book review >
BEING WAGNER by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Dangerous and dynamic,' Callow's Wagner is a 'musical genius,' but he 'cannot bring comfort. Which is why people fight over him.' An infectiously readable biography."
A brief life of the composer who "got under people's skin." Read full book review >
UP UP, DOWN DOWN by Cheston Knapp
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A writer's up-and-down search for profundity in the insecure and unrefined corners of his life."
Tin House managing editor Knapp debuts with a collection of essays that attempt to balance highbrow and lowbrow elements. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A breezy, slightly overlong account that will interest fans of African-American culture and TV comedy due to its up-close detail and numerous sources."
A history of the development of the hit TV show In Living Color and the comedy dynasty of the Wayans family. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >