Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

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 >
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 >
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: Dec. 12, 2017

"Both entertaining and grippingly introspective, Haddish's take-no-prisoners tale is a testament to self-will and how humor can save your life."
The stand-up comedian and actress opens up about her past and the perils of being a woman in comedy. Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. 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 >