Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Read full book review >
MUSTACHE SHENANIGANS by Jay Chandrasekhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"A fond and funny look at the process of trying to succeed in the movie business and an inspirational tool for aspiring filmmakers."
Director and actor Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers, Beerfest) gives a candid account of how he and the rest of the Broken Lizard comedy troupe broke into the movie business. Read full book review >

I LOVE MY SELFIE by Ilan Stavans
by Ilan Stavans, photographed by ADÁL
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2017

"Bright but uneven, inspiring but occasionally misguided, the book is a curious intellectual snapshot with a finger over the lens: a broad cultural landscape pulled unnecessarily into portraiture."
A bit of light academia on society's latest narcissistic trend, equal parts philosophical exploration and art criticism. Read full book review >
I'M JUST DEAD, I'M NOT GONE by Jim Dickinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"There's plenty of material, both in this book and from the decades the author doesn't cover, to suggest that a full-scale biography is overdue."
A memoir of sorts by the late Memphis musical legend. Read full book review >
ONE NATION UNDER BASEBALL by John Florio
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2017

"Careful, pointed writing shows us that professional sports should not be viewed in isolation from the society in which they function."
As social change roiled through the 1960s, Major League Baseball was sometimes a mirror, sometimes a window. Read full book review >

EVERYBODY HAD AN OCEAN by William McKeen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2017

"Excellent social history, bracketing David Talbot's Season of the Witch (2012) as an indispensable account of a time of beauty and terror."
Searching account of 1960s Southern California, when the wistful innocence of the Beach Boys died alongside the victims of Charles Manson. Read full book review >
CHANGE OF SEASONS by John Oates
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Oates' musical admirers will find much to like here."
Amiable memoir by the shorter, quieter partner in the renowned duo Hall & Oates. Read full book review >
BALLPLAYER by Chipper Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"There will be little readership for the book outside of baseball fans, especially in the Atlanta area, but those fans will find a clear, readable old-school account of a player who almost certainly will be voted into the Hall of Fame, possibly as early as 2018, his first year of eligibility."
An Atlanta Braves legend tells his story. Read full book review >
ARNIE by Tom Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"An enjoyable book about golf for golfers who play the game and enjoy reading about its history."
An insider chronicles the career of the great golfer. Read full book review >
FALSTAFF by Harold Bloom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"In this first of five books about Shakespearean personalities, Bloom brings erudition and boundless enthusiasm."
An ardent admirer of Shakespeare analyzes an incomparably robust character. Read full book review >
MY BRITISH INVASION by Harold Bronson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Occasional nuggets of revelation amid a whole lot of dross."
A memoir from the co-founder of Rhino Records. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brave and moving tale of food, family, and psychology."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger tells the story of his struggle to come to terms with his Portuguese heritage, bipolar disorder, and homosexuality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >