Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BLACK SUNSET by Clancy Sigal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"As a more in-control memoir, this could have been a rich gold mine about Hollywood legends and lore."
Inside the chaotic Hollywood of the 1950s. Read full book review >
IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR by Tony Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2017

"A layered portrait of the legendary singer whose self-destructiveness came to overshadow his hits."
A biography of soul singer "Wicked" Wilson Pickett (1941-2006). Read full book review >

SPIDER FROM MARS by Woody Woodmansey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A genial if surface-level glimpse into a brief but critical period of Bowie's career."
One of David Bowie's former drummers recalls his brief and occasionally baffling tenure with Ziggy Stardust. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 5, 2017

"A light entertainment."
The personal shutterbug for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton shares his behind-the-scenes impression of an age of glamour long gone. Read full book review >
EVERYBODY CURSES, I SWEAR! by Carrie Keagan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though her approach might be a 'shock to the system' for some, it will be crass and tedious to many."
The career arc of a TV personality who has "made a career and an art form out of swearing." Read full book review >

HOME AND AWAY by Karl Ove Knausgaard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though the correspondence is mostly about soccer, it is also about so much more."
An epistolary exploration of soccer and life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"While writing about the first lady, most of these perceptive essayists are also writing about themselves and their country, showing the shifts in perception and possibility that she has helped inspire."
A collection of essays that genuflect before a first lady like no other. Read full book review >
MYTHOMANIA by Peter Conrad
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"If you're a fan of Barthes and of the Umberto Eco of How to Travel with a Salmon, you'll likely enjoy this modest, minor, but entertaining rejoinder."
A deft updating of Parisian semiotics and midcentury cultural criticism for our own time. Read full book review >
BOP APOCALYPSE by Martin Torgoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances."
A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America. Read full book review >
I HATE EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU by Clinton Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir."
Fashion maven Kelly (Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget, 2013, etc.) is more booster than basher in this collection of mostly autobiographical essays about his life on- and off-screen. Read full book review >
CULTURE AS WEAPON by Nato Thompson
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"A precisely written critique of cultural manipulation in our daily lives."
How persuasive cultural mechanisms are encoded in broader social structures, from high art to war-planning. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A heartwarmingly inspirational tale."
A former magazine editor tells the story of how, at the height of the Great Depression, her great-uncle trained a group of young women from rural Oklahoma to become college basketball stars. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >