Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

EVERY DAY I FIGHT by Stuart Scott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 2015

"A class act and a courageous voice to the end."
The posthumous memoir by the sportscaster who brought hip-hop to ESPN and subsequently showed his strength of character through his fight with cancer. Read full book review >
FOLLIES OF GOD by James Grissom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"There have been plenty of books written about Williams over the past three decades, but few weave so many voices into an original and compelling portrait. Grissom honors the life and achievement of his doomed correspondent."
One of America's greatest playwrights as seen by himself and his many muses. Read full book review >

ALPHABETICAL by Michael Rosen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A delightfully informative book about letters, their meanings, and the words and meanings we derive from them."
A poet, writer of children's books and host of BBC Radio 4's Word of Mouth tells the history of each letter in our alphabet.Read full book review >
THE B SIDE by Ben Yagoda
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"A provocative, consistently engaging counternarrative to the conventional wisdom that rock 'n' roll killed Tin Pan Alley."
The latest from Yagoda (Journalism/Delaware Univ.; How to Not Write Bad, 2013, etc.) shows good ears, strong critical instincts and an unabashed love for a variety of music, including the rock 'n' roll that supposedly closed the pages on the Great American Songbook—the few hundred standards that have endured through a wide variety of distinctive interpretations. Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >

HOPE by Richard Zoglin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"In this rich and entertaining work, Zoglin pulls no punches but also remains an astonished admirer."
A contributing editor and theater critic for Time weighs in with what will immediately become the definitive biography of the legendary comedian, born Leslie Townes Hope (1903-2003). Read full book review >
RESPECT by David Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An honest and genuinely respectful portrait of a true diva by a writer who feels the power of her art."
A biography of the "Queen of Soul" by the co-author of her memoir, From These Roots (1999). Read full book review >
RUMOURS OF GLORY by Bruce Cockburn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"This unusually absorbing book will enthrall Cockburn fans and anyone interested in the life of a serious artist committed to his music and progressive causes."
The Canadian folk/rock singer-songwriter recalls a nomadic life spent witnessing the social and political crises of our time through song. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A powerful rendering of an enduring conflict."
A history of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation (1915), which triggered a substantial protest by African-Americans, who resented their vile portrayal in the film.Read full book review >
THE UNIVERSAL TONE by Carlos Santana
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"An appreciative and unpretentious chronicle, this is required reading for Santana fans and devotees of classic rock legends."
The Mexican-American classic guitar legend (and 2013 Kennedy Center honoree) shares his life before and beneath the rock 'n' roll spotlight with the assistance of Kahn (The House that Trane Built: The Story of Impulse Records, 2006, etc.) and Miller.Read full book review >
JERRY LEE LEWIS by Rick Bragg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"From a skilled storyteller comes this entertaining, sympathetic story of a life flaring with fire, shuddering with shakin'."
An iconic rocker receives a warm, admiring biography from a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author. Read full book review >
DE NIRO by Shawn Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 28, 2014

"An impressive biography that will surely stand as the definitive De Niro volume."
The life and work of the legendary actor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >