Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >
SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY by Roger  Steffens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The author's approach allows him to tell more of the story, and even without presenting Marley's voice directly, this is an illuminating portrait of an extraordinary life."
An oral history that presents a well-rounded portrait of the music legend, allowing for multiple, sometimes-conflicting, points of view. Read full book review >

THE GREAT NADAR by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Begley capably brings to life the lost Parisian world where Nadar held court. His outsized personality dominates this enjoyable and amply illustrated volume."
A lively portrait of a photography pioneer who altered the cultural landscape of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
THE STREAK by John Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Eisenberg examines one of baseball's most venerated records while exploring what it all means, providing a compelling, thought-provoking history for fans of America's grand game."
The story of baseball's greatest iron men. Read full book review >
TOSCANINI by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"Sweeping yet meticulous, appreciative without eschewing critical judgments—like Toscanini himself."
The epic life and art of the famed Italian conductor. Read full book review >

OFF THE CLIFF by Becky Aikman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"For fans of the iconic film, Aikman provides everything you wanted to know about it and then some."
The hidden story of Thelma & Louise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A dazzling, richly researched story impeccably told."
A masterful tale of music, social, and economic history. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >
IN THEIR LIVES by Andrew Blauner
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 23, 2017

"A charming, delightful collection for Beatles fans and music fans in general."
What's your favorite Beatles song? Read full book review >
THERE'S A MYSTERY THERE by Jonathan Cott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"With minimal redundancy, the voices culminate to illuminate an extraordinarily rich picture book, provide fresh insight into human needs, and inspire appreciation for the rewards of looking closely."
Conversations with the legendary children's book creator, along with "companion guides" exploring the artist's psyche and works. Read full book review >
OTIS REDDING by Jonathan Gould
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Better late than never, the soul master receives his considerable due in this superbly researched and written biography."
A music biography with the depth to do its subject justice. Read full book review >
STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. 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 >