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 >

LEO DUROCHER by Paul Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"Baseball buffs will enjoy this well-researched, smoothly written biography of a complex man, but readers lacking interest in the MLB may be inclined to dismiss the mercurial Durocher as an unpleasant individual not worth trying to understand."
Prolific author Dickson (Contraband Cocktails: How America Drank When It Wasn't Supposed to Be, 2015, etc.) digs deep into the controversial baseball career and spicy extracurricular life of Leo Durocher (1905-1991). Read full book review >
GRACE NOTES by Katey Sagal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A candid, reflective memoir."
A Golden Globe-winning actress tells the story of her life as a singer/songwriter who unexpectedly became a TV star. Read full book review >
THE 1997 MASTERS by Tiger Woods
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"An astonishing story of accomplishment that would have been invigorated by more lively, animated prose."
An in-depth, inside look at the legendary golfer's historic 1997 Masters win. Read full book review >

CAPTAIN FANTASTIC by Tom Doyle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"A great way to better understand the man behind the garish glasses and platform boots."
Veteran rock journalist Doyle (Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, 2014, etc.) continues his foray into the 1970s music scene with a compelling profile of an unlikely rock star. Read full book review >
REVOLUTION FOR DUMMIES by Bassem Youssef
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"If you want to understand the Arab Spring—even though it was really the African Spring, set off by a 'small puny motherfucking country called Tunisia'—then this odd book is just the guide."
Egyptian comic Youssef, a doctor-turned-satirist-turned-international media sensation, recounts the revolution that brought down Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Read full book review >
PRINTER'S ERROR by Rebecca Romney
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"A spritely visit to the land of rare books."
The role of printed books in Western civilization recounted in diverting essays that recapitulate some significant events in the annals of bibliomania. Read full book review >
WORD BY WORD by Kory Stamper
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"Those aficionados who love words and the language or who are big-time Scrabble fans will love this book, while others will feel like they're in over their heads."
Strange words and how to find them. Read full book review >
NABOKOV'S FAVORITE WORD IS MAUVE by Ben Blatt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2017

"If you want to know how many times Chuck Palahniuk uses the verb 'snuff,' this is just the thing. Illuminating entertainment for literary readers."
Literary criticism by the numbers. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An up-and-down collection that often blurs the line between ha-ha funny and odd funny."
A tour diary from the veteran comedian. Read full book review >
MARILYN IN MANHATTAN by Elizabeth Winder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A touching, textured, and compellingly written slice of the iconic actress's life."
Marilyn Monroe's whirlwind engagement with New York City receives a fitting reflection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >