Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

TANGO LESSONS by Meghan Flaherty
Released: June 19, 2018

"A vibrantly intelligent reading pleasure."
An essayist's debut memoir of how a passion for tango dancing transformed her life. Read full book review >
JIM BROWN by Dave Zirin
Released: June 12, 2018

"A truly rounded, fully fleshed portrait of a significant 20th-century figure."
One of the greatest—and most controversial—athletes of all time gets a well-balanced biographical and historical treatment. Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 2018

"A deeply forensic investigation of the depth of corruption within FIFA and its regional bodies that also shows how much work goes into high-level criminal investigations."
Investigating and prosecuting corruption in the world's most popular sport. Read full book review >
FLASH by Christopher Bonanos
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself."
A fine-grained close-up of the lensman who lit up New York City, both low-life and high-. Read full book review >
PLANET FUNNY by Ken Jennings
Released: May 29, 2018

"This book is full of good sense and meaningful interviews, and it would be difficult to find a smarter or more satisfying treatment of a subject so evanescent and idiosyncratic as comedy."
In his second departure from quiz-show fare, Jennings (Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, 2012, etc.) tracks the development of an abiding personal passion: comedy. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2018

"An immensely captivating consideration of reality TV and a moving reflection on marriage."
Intelligent musings on reality TV and marriage. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
SPACE ODYSSEY by Michael Benson
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essential for students of film history, to say nothing of Kubrick's most successful movie."
A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >
ONE GOAL by Amy Bass
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
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 >
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 >