Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"For Casey, the search is the thing, whether as a writer or reader. This slim but astute volume is an inducement both to read more deeply and to head for ever more unchartered, frozen, mysterious waters."
Not whodunit, but why and how it works. Read full book review >
SUPERFANS by George Dohrmann
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The organization is a little scattershot, but this is a fascinating subject deserving of further study, and Dohrmann provides a good jumping-off point."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist turns his attention to those who identify obsessively with their teams. Read full book review >

HERE IS REAL MAGIC by Nate  Staniforth
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Magic can be unnecessarily flashy, but this book isn't flashy at all; it's an assured and thoughtful work about finding true 'awe and wonder.'"
A magician conjures up memories, dreams, and reflections on his craft. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A richly detailed investigation of burgeoning creativity in a decade marked by both hope and dread."
In post-World War II America, literature revealed the nation's attitudes about patriotism, race, gender, and ecology. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A mostly informative and insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence."
The story of YouTube and the video platform's vast cultural influence. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
UP UP, DOWN DOWN by Cheston Knapp
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A writer's up-and-down search for profundity in the insecure and unrefined corners of his life."
Tin House managing editor Knapp debuts with a collection of essays that attempt to balance highbrow and lowbrow elements. Read full book review >
BERLIN 1936 by Oliver Hilmes
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Thomas Mann, listening to the Games from exile in Switzerland, knew that Hitler's intent was 'to intimidate, indeed overwhelm the rest of the world.' This mostly illuminating book chronicles those efforts and suggests the horrors to come."
The drama and personal stories behind one of the most famous—and infamous—Olympic Games. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An expansive, prodigiously researched, and masterfully told history."
A "glittering saga" about the other black Renaissance. Read full book review >
BEING WAGNER by Simon Callow
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"'Dangerous and dynamic,' Callow's Wagner is a 'musical genius,' but he 'cannot bring comfort. Which is why people fight over him.' An infectiously readable biography."
A brief life of the composer who "got under people's skin." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A breezy, slightly overlong account that will interest fans of African-American culture and TV comedy due to its up-close detail and numerous sources."
A history of the development of the hit TV show In Living Color and the comedy dynasty of the Wayans family. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. 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 >