Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

FASHION IS FREEDOM by Tala Raassi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A rare book equally likely to appeal to fans of Project Runway and students of contemporary Middle Eastern cultural history."
Fashion designer Raassi looks back on her years growing up in Tehran and her attempts to grow a business in the United States. Read full book review >
WHISPERIN' BILL ANDERSON by Bill Anderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Anderson is a uniquely country personality, and that personality shines through."
A genial account of a gentleman musician's life in and around Nashville. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A collection of singular encounters with a film subculture, some failing to develop the larger concerns but many offering unique insight into the darker fringes of a bygone Hollywood."
A screenwriter and film buff plunges into the bizarre world of film collectors, finding people willing to sacrifice anything to preserve a dying art. Read full book review >
LASTING IMPACT by Kostya Kennedy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Kennedy ably lays out the issues and raises the questions but offers no answers."
An award-winning sports biographer returns with an assessment of the medical risks to high school football players. Read full book review >
THE CAPTAIN MYTH by Richard Gillis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Published to coincide with this year's competition, viewers/critics will be quick to place blame (yet again) on the losing captain."
How important is a Ryder Cup captain? Read full book review >

THE TETRIS EFFECT by Dan Ackerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An all-inclusive history behind one of the most popular video games ever."
How a simple computer game of cascading geometric shapes became a worldwide phenomenon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Snarky, unconventional humor that pokes fun at just about everything."
One woman's quirky perspective on life. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC WORDS by Cheryl B. Klein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers serious about writing for young people could do far worse than start here."
An industry leader offers a manual for aspiring writers of fiction for children and teens. Read full book review >
UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT by Jessica Luther
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Highly relevant, hard-hitting, much-needed information that reveals the widespread existence of rape by sports players on college campuses."
Investigative reporting that uncovers the rape culture surrounding college sports, particularly football. Read full book review >
BEST. STATE. EVER. by Dave Barry
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Readers may not embrace Florida the way the author has, but they will understand why a humorist loves it."
A breezy travelogue through swampland, strip clubs, and a retirement community reported to be rife with swingers. Read full book review >
ALL THESE THINGS THAT I'VE DONE by Matt Pinfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Pinfield is a disarmingly likable guide through rock 'n' roll's twilight, though he occasionally epitomizes a music industry hustler."
A charming, rambling account of a life saved by rock 'n' roll—and devoted to the music industry. Read full book review >
DECIDING WHAT'S TRUE by Lucas Graves
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A keenly observed visit to a new world whose geography we can now better comprehend."
A journalism professor charts the advent and ubiquity of fact-checking in our polarized political present and the profoundly altered world of journalism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >