Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

ROLL WITH IT by Matt Sakakeeny
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2013

"An occasionally dry but competently told tale of a celebrated musical tradition whose story is rarely told."
A scholarly account of the rites, rituals and traditions of the famed brass bands of New Orleans. Read full book review >
BACH by John Eliot Gardiner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"An erudite work resting on prodigious research and experience and deep affection and admiration."
A celebrated conductor of baroque music debuts with an examination of Bach's compositions, descriptions of various works and some inferences about the genius who created them. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"A delightful re-creation of a memorable experience with special appeal for runners, pet lovers and the philosophically inclined."
Rowlands (Philosophy/Univ. of Miami; The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, 2009, etc.) meditates on how running has brought him "in contact with the intrinsic value of life." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A mixed bag but worth reading. Those who do will be inspired to give Pryor's concert films fresh screenings."
Biography of the comedic genius, anticipating the authors' in-the-works film script on Pryor's work and hard times. Read full book review >
FOSSE by Sam Wasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Graceful prose creates a richly detailed and poignant portrait, simultaneously inspiring and depressing."
The lushly researched life of celebrated dancer, choreographer and director (stage, films, TV) Bob Fosse (1927-1987). Read full book review >

SORRY! by Henry Hitchings
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"John Cleese's observation that the English are the only people on Earth with clenched hair is more economical, but Hitchings' book, if sometimes overgeneralized, is still a pleasure to read."
He might have been a Roosian, a French, or Turk, or Proosian, or perhaps Itali-an: Gilbert and Sullivan aside, the subject of Hitchings' (The Language Wars: A History of Proper English, 2011) latest is the beleaguered, class-obsessed Anglo-Saxon and the very notion of "Englishness." Read full book review >
STANDING UP by Marion Grodin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Sharp, witty, occasional black humor from a woman who has gone through hell and back and lived to tell the tale."
The chronicles of a comedian's life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Helpful exercises combined with the memories of one woman's journey down the oftentimes scary and lonely path of the writer."
A woman explores her personal world of writing. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Berger delivers the inside scoop with ample melodrama and star-crossed folly."
A dishy take on the successful yet calamity-prone Broadway production of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Read full book review >
DR. J by Karl Taro Greenfeld
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A good enough treatment of the phenomenon called "Dr. J" and an especially thoughtful account of the man, Julius Erving."
The NBA's most transformative player submits an unusually revealing autobiography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A lively, consistently entertaining sports biography."
Historian and travel writer Klein (Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City's Hidden Shores, 2008, etc.) delivers a well-researched, enjoyable biography of boxing's first heavyweight superstar, John L. Sullivan (1858-1918). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Shaw tries to pull off the same trick here as Alan Light did with Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" in The Holy or the Broken (2012), but there's too little weight here to justify the act."
The juxtaposition of two of America's most enduring national anthems. Read full book review >