Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

CHICAGO RENAISSANCE by Liesl Olson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A valuable, perspective-shifting work of both cultural and Midwestern history."
A strong argument for the Midwestern city's place as a hub for modernism as vibrant as Paris, Berlin, and New York. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it."
The first of a Beatles expert's two-volume biography of Sir George Martin (1926-2016), up to his 40th birthday and the making of "Rubber Soul." Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A depressing but eye-opening and important book about the deteriorating heart of college athletics."
Digging into the massively successful football program at Florida State University and finding the whole project nearly irredeemable. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES OF A BALLAD HUNTER by John A. Lomax
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Essential reading for neo-folkies, alt-country fans, blues enthusiasts, and most other stripes of music lover."
A reissue, 70 years after the original publication, of the lightly learned, endlessly interesting memoir by pioneering folklorist Lomax. Read full book review >
THE RING OF TRUTH by Roger Scruton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An admirable, welcome effort to illuminate one of the most significant artistic achievements of the modern age."
The noted philosopher and writer takes on Richard Wagner's operatic masterpiece in this thorough critical study. Read full book review >

THE NAUGHTY NINETIES by David Friend
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A witty, comprehensively researched time capsule from an unforgettable age of excess, scandal, and sex."
How multiculturalism and sexual liberation shaped a distinctive decade. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A generous and instructive book on working through relationships, with much to recommend for readers, whether they are fans of The Princess Bride or not."
A Buddhist approach to navigating key relationships with lessons from the cult classic film. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. Read full book review >
UNSTOPPABLE by Maria  Sharapova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sharapova demonstrates consistent dedication and impressive wisdom for her age."
Professional tennis celebrity Sharapova relates her remarkable immigration saga and writes candidly about her career, family, and personal life. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An absolute must for any Buffy or Angel fan."
The oral history of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America."
Capturing baseball and its relationship to society in the 1960s on and off the field through the experiences of two teams and their two star pitchers. 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 >