Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. Read full book review >

PLANET FUNNY by Ken Jennings
Released: May 29, 2018

"This book is full of good sense and meaningful interviews, and it would be difficult to find a smarter or more satisfying treatment of a subject so evanescent and idiosyncratic as comedy."
In his second departure from quiz-show fare, Jennings (Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, 2012, etc.) tracks the development of an abiding personal passion: comedy. Read full book review >
SO CLOSE TO BEING THE SH*T, Y'ALL DON'T EVEN KNOW by Retta
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"A humorous memoir that will please the author's many fans and followers."
A playful romp through the psyche of a funny woman. Read full book review >
PUNCHING NAZIS by Keith Lowell Jensen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2018

"Neither a nuanced political analysis nor a typical comedian's laughfest."
Give fists a chance. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"An important story enriched by solid research and authorial commitment but weakened by excess."
A thoroughly researched but somewhat cluttered account of Ted Williams and other professional baseball players who enlisted in the military in World War II and also managed to play some baseball. Read full book review >
THE PRESIDENTS AND THE PASTIME by Curt Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2018

"Informative and amusing, but readers hoping for a brisk and engaging history of the relationship between baseball and the presidency will be disappointed."
An exhaustive look at the relationship between the chief executive of the United States and baseball. Read full book review >
YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE by Tom Papa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"If Lawrence Welk had been a comedian, this is the book he might have written—pleasing for a certain demographic."
Family-oriented, family-directed humor from the longtime Prairie Home Companion head writer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"It's a pleasure to ride in the peloton alongside LeMond, who emerges from this account as America's once-and-future cycling great."
"It's not the bicycle…it's the legs": a sprint through a big swatch of bicycling history, focusing on racer Greg LeMond's triumphant return from disaster. Read full book review >
LONG PLAYERS by Peter Coviello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A diary of devastation too good not to share."
A heartfelt and hyperliterate take on love as a mixtape. Read full book review >
FLASH by Christopher Bonanos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself."
A fine-grained close-up of the lensman who lit up New York City, both low-life and high-. Read full book review >
GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER by Violet Ramis Stiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A touching homage to a beloved father and a sufficiently amusing tribute to a comedy legend, but it's less compelling as a memoir."
The daughter of legendary filmmaker Harold Ramis (1944-2014) chronicles her wild Hollywood upbringing and close relationship with her father. 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 >