Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 9)

BRIAN JONES by Paul Trynka
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 9, 2014

"An intimate portrait of the multifaceted and beguiling Jones, who forever changed popular music and culture."
A lively biography of the enigmatic founder of the Rolling Stones, who was dethroned and died just as the band approached its artistic peak. Read full book review >
SCRIBE by Bob Ryan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A terrific memoir with lessons for young journalists, sports fans and anyone who shares the love of the games."
The classic American sportswriter reflects on a half-century of covering the games we play. Read full book review >

A LOAD OF HOOEY by Bob Odenkirk
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Though this represents the first volume in the Odenkirk Memorial Library, it isn't likely that the author will abandon his day job(s) for a life of letters.
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A humor collection from the postmodern jack of many trades. Read full book review >
NOT MY FATHER'S SON by Alan Cumming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A raw, revealing memoir from a courageous actor and writer."
The award-winning actor uncovers his family's darkest secret. Read full book review >
ALL THE TRUTH IS OUT by Matt Bai
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Hart once said that obsessive scrutiny of sex as an indicator of character would give America the politicians it deserved. In this probing narrative, Bai comes to another dismal conclusion: It would give America the news coverage it deserved—entertainment-driven, dominated by shallow pundits, and bereft of intellect and ideas."
A new look at a scandal that changed American politics. Read full book review >

U2 by John Jobling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Not likely to be the 'definitive biography' of U2, but Jobling provides a passable comprehensive history of the members' music, politics, faith and group dynamics."
Unauthorized biography of U2, one of the most respected and admired yet divisive acts in the history of rock. Read full book review >
I ONLY READ IT FOR THE CARTOONS by Richard Gehr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Readers who love the cartoons will appreciate knowing more about the cartoonists."
Incisive interviews with a dozen cartoonists whose work highlights the esteemed magazine. Read full book review >
ANDY KAUFMAN by Bob Zmuda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Whatever readers believe or don't about Andy Kaufman, this book will confirm that particular 'truth.'"
Another biography of the idiosyncratic comedian that will make fans question what the authors' previous work on the subject offered and to doubt that this will really be their "final" word. Read full book review >
GLASS JAW by Eric Dezenhall
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"More an illumination of the challenge than a pat solution."
Dezenhall (The Devil Himself, 2011, etc.) counsels beleaguered corporations on how to deal with bullying citizens and their social media attacks. Read full book review >
ROCKS by Joe Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Much like Aerosmith's career, this candid memoir will be cheered by fans, but rock critics will likely be underwhelmed."
Founding member and lead guitarist of American rock band Aerosmith details his life and times in this autobiography. Read full book review >
GHOSTS by Roger Clarke
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An informative but surprisingly sedate tour of haunting's storied past."
Ghost-hunting gets a gentlemanly makeover in this meticulous history of hauntings. Read full book review >
THE ART OF NOISE by Daniel Rachel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A splendid treat for music aficionados."
Interviews with more than two dozen leading British rock and pop songwriters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >