Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

MISS FORTUNE by Lauren Weedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An intelligent, hilarious, and bittersweet collection."
The TV and stage actress turns the messes of her life into fodder for this winning essay collection. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Abrams weaves a compelling tale about a transformational era in the NBA that also speaks to the sometimes-desperate pursuit of sporting stardom."
How teenage basketball stars transformed the NBA. Read full book review >

MY BRAIN ON FIRE by Leonard Pitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"From start to finish, Pitt's memoir is a lively autodidactic romp through a life well-lived in both mind and body."
A theater actor's memoir of a life and way of thinking permanently altered by the seven years he spent as a young man living in 1960s Paris. Read full book review >
BACK FROM THE DEAD by Bill Walton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"One of the NBA's 50 greatest players scores another basket—a deeply personal one."
A basketball legend reflects on his life in the game and a life lived in the "nightmare of endlessly repetitive and constant pain, agony, and guilt." Read full book review >
THE SELLING OF THE BABE by Glenn Stout
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 8, 2016

"Baseball history is full of hoary legends. Stout deftly challenges one of the game's biggest."
Separating myth from truth in the most infamous trade in baseball history. Read full book review >

NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
THE KING AND QUEEN OF MALIBU by David K. Randall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2016

"An engaging story about wealth, entitlement, property rights, change, loss, and pain."
A swift account of the history of Malibu, "a rugged ranch in the middle of nowhere" that became "a global symbol of fame and fortune." Read full book review >
ABOVE THE LINE by Shirley MacLaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"MacLaine is wickedly honest about moviemaking, sincere and enthusiastic in describing her beliefs, and welcoming in the skepticism of others—it's all refreshing and fun."
The award-winning actress reflects on her latest film and her previous life. Read full book review >
REDSKINS by C. Richard King
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 2016

"In the meantime, King shows why this controversy matters well beyond the football field."
This academic analysis suggests that the team name of the NFL's Washington, D.C., franchise is both reprehensible and indefensible. Read full book review >
TROUBLE BOYS by Bob Mehr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"The dynamic that made the band great also tore them apart, as this biography superbly documents."
An in-depth biography of a beloved, exasperating band that never quite made it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A text that will delight college basketball fans but also raises tacit questions about the effects of big-time athletics on a university's academic mission."
A veteran sportswriter returns with an account of the basketball wars—on- and off-court—among three iconic coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read full book review >
MADONNALAND by Alina Simone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"As Simone confesses, 'the further I drifted from any kind of central narrative,' the less this brief book has much of anything to do with Madonna."
A short book about trying, and failing, to find something new to write about Madonna. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >