Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ANGER IS AN ENERGY by John Lydon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2015

"A lucid, literate pleasure."
Alternately musical bomb-thrower and contemplator Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten, looks back on a long life of pot-stirring and piss-taking. Read full book review >
THE COLONEL AND HUG by Steve Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"A top-notch sports biography."
Many baseball fans think it was Babe Ruth who elevated the fledgling (and flagging) New York Yankees team. In this authoritative new work, Steinberg and Spatz (1921: The Yankees, the Giants, and the Battle for Baseball Supremacy in New York, 2010) shine a light on the indispensable contributions of two behind-the-scenes magicians.Read full book review >

SO MANY ROADS by David Browne
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2015

"One of the better books on the band and welcome reading in this 50th anniversary year."
Righteous testimonial to the anarchic goodness that was the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
BROADCAST HYSTERIA by A. Brad Schwartz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"An entertaining assessment of a watershed moment in American life and its lasting effect on popular culture."
A skeptical look at the panic that might have been. Read full book review >
BENCHWARMER by Josh Wilker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"This almanac of fatherhood (and other failures) is honest, relatable and humorous—an indispensable read for fathers (and sons) whose joy in life comes not from winning the big game but being alive to witness the beauty of its happening."
A sports-obsessed memoir of fatherhood. Read full book review >

TY COBB by Charles Leerhsen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Cobb was indeed a bruised peach but, as the author shows convincingly, not a thoroughly rotten one."
The former executive editor of Sports Illustrated explores the idea that Tyrus Raymond Cobb (1886-1961), perhaps the greatest player in baseball history, was also a violent, racist, roundly hated person. Read full book review >
SPLIT SEASON by Jeff Katz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 19, 2015

"A superior addition to the venerable genre of baseball season accounts."
Most books on a baseball year concentrate on a single legendary team (1927 Yankees, 1954 Giants). Katz, mayor of Cooperstown, New York (The Kansas City A's and the Wrong Half of the Yankees: How the Yankees Controlled Two of the Eight American League Franchises During the 1950s, 2007), gives multiple teams equal time while devoting half of this delightful, opinionated history to the strike that upset everyone but enshrined the free agent system that has produced spectacular salaries for even mediocre players.Read full book review >
YOUR BAND SUCKS by Jon Fine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"'I don't regret a thing,' writes Fine, and neither will readers who live vicariously through the author's eyes and memory."
The short shelf of great books on indie rock adds another—an unlikely memoir about an obscure band that somehow found demand for its reunion in the Internet age. Read full book review >
How to Be a Superhero by Mark Edlitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2015

"All-out victory for fans, though even pop-culture newbs will enjoy the ride.
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This superpowered collection of more than 40 original, in-depth interviews explores the role of superheroes in pop culture—as told by the actors who played them. Read full book review >
THE GREAT DETECTIVE by Zach Dundas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 2015

"A bright read for Sherlock's fans."
A lively look at the enduring detective. Read full book review >
MOLINA by Bengie Molina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book."
An affecting memoir about a remarkable man who raised three sons to become baseball champions. Read full book review >
IRREPRESSIBLE by Emily Bingham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Deeply researched, Bingham's engrossing biography brings her glamorous, tormented ancestor vividly to life."
A colorful portrait of a daring woman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >