Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Sometimes accused of being a complainer on the court, Boeheim comes across as likable in this readable, thoughtful book about coaching college basketball."
An autobiography from a legendary coaching lifer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A powerful rendering of an enduring conflict."
A history of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), which triggered a substantial protest by African-Americans, who resented their vile portrayal in the film.Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Who knew bowling alleys could tell such entertaining stories?"
A hard-boiled and often funny look at the hustlers, thugs and characters of the 1960s New York bowling underworld. Read full book review >
THE UNIVERSAL TONE by Carlos Santana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An appreciative and unpretentious chronicle, this is required reading for Santana fans and devotees of classic rock legends."
The Mexican-American classic guitar legend (and 2013 Kennedy Center honoree) shares his life before and beneath the rock 'n' roll spotlight with the assistance of Kahn (The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, 2006, etc.) and Miller.Read full book review >
I MUST SAY by Martin Short
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A true vaudevillian, Short is always on as he delivers funny anecdotes from a diffuse and storied career."
Actor, singer and spasmodic funnyman Short delivers a memoir with cameos by his famous characters. Read full book review >

YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW by Sophia Loren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A nostalgic recollection of the great beauty's movies and memories."
The award-winning actress and international sex symbol tells her life story, from her childhood in Naples, Italy, to her rise to the top of the Hollywood A-list. Read full book review >
CAPTURING MUSIC by Thomas Forrest Kelly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Charmingly written, with plenty of interesting historical tidbits—recommended for anyone interested in early music."
A comprehensive account of one of the key inventions in music history: a method for writing down a composition so someone could learn it without hearing it performed. Read full book review >
WAGSTAFF by Philip Gefter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Gefter draws on interviews and considerable research to create a richly detailed portrait of a connoisseur who defied convention in the art world and in his own life."
The life of an influential champion of photography as an art form. Read full book review >
BOHEMIANS, BOOTLEGGERS, FLAPPERS, AND SWELLS by Graydon Carter
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"Whether read from cover to cover or dipped into occasionally, this collection serves as a fine primer to one magazine's contribution to a golden age of American magazine writing."
A collection of a wide range of Vanity Fair articles ranging from 1914 to 1936, when the Great Depression forced the magazine to merge with Vogue. Read full book review >
ON THE ROAD WITH JANIS JOPLIN by John Byrne Cooke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"Significant for ardent devotees of Joplin; less than essential for others."
A memoir of the author's time working for the spellbinding Janis Joplin. Read full book review >
HERBIE HANCOCK by Herbie Hancock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"A warm, inspiring book by a man who seems to have little ego despite a career spent near the peak of his art. Recommended reading for jazz aficionados."
One of the most innovative and admired jazz musicians of his generation reminisces about his career. Read full book review >
EUGENE O'NEILL by Robert M. Dowling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"Although O'Neill claimed he was a 'tragic optimist,' Dowling's sympathetic, comprehensive portrait reveals a man beset by self-hatred and despair, struggling—and failing—to find salvation."
A portrait of a playwright inspired by suffering. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >