Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An expansive, prodigiously researched, and masterfully told history."
A "glittering saga" about the other black Renaissance. 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 >
ALL THE PIECES MATTER by Jonathan Abrams
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Filled with revealing information from the participants, intriguing tidbits, and show trivia, this compendium will have fans scurrying back to their DVD sets."
An oral history of the acclaimed HBO police drama. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ONLY SPINS FORWARD by Isaac Butler
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A chorus of candid, emotional, and often moving testimonies."
An oral history traces the life of an iconic American play. Read full book review >

ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An edifying and adrenaline-charged tale of how immigrant soccer players were able to translate 'tight-knit family and community connection to success on the field.'"
United by a common dream, high school soccer players overcome racism in a town in Maine. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Readers who grew up on Lindgren's stories will find this excellent book irresistible—and often surprising."
Insightful, elegantly written biography of the beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, a complex woman of parts. Read full book review >
12 ROUNDS IN LO'S GYM by Todd D. Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling—to say nothing of a good right hook—to make real change."
Spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A sobering look at the realities of the pursuit of big-time sporting opportunities."
Exploring the fine line between opportunity and exploitation in the world of African youth soccer. Read full book review >
STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A powerful debut that will resonate especially with readers who have loved and lost someone to addiction."
A penetrating story about the author's experience witnessing addiction claim her brother's life. Read full book review >
TWENTIETH-CENTURY BOY by Duncan Hannah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Devotees of the underground art and punk scenes of 1970s New York will devour Hannah's journals, each page of which contains something fascinating or worthy of note—best enjoyed while listening to Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs,' Television's 'Marquee Moon,' and Patti Smith's 'Horses.'"
An intensely personal and engrossing portrait of a bygone era. 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 >