Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

NOT PRETTY ENOUGH by Gerri Hirshey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"Unlike numerous other biographers, Hirshey never falls into the trap of reductionism. Although Brown sometimes presents contradictions that cannot be easily resolved, the author portrays the complexities with skill."
Journalist Hirshey (We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The True, Tough Story of Women in Rock, 2001, etc.) presents a deeply researched biography of daring author and hugely influential magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown (1922-2012). Read full book review >
TRYING TO FLOAT by Nicolaia Rips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"An engaging story with a big heart, written by a young adult whose sharply tuned and often witty observations will appeal to adults and teens alike."
First-time author Rips, a high school senior who lives with her parents in New York's legendary Chelsea Hotel, reflects on her earlier years attending public schools in the city and befriending the many eccentric residents at the hotel. Read full book review >

EYE OF THE SIXTIES by Judith E. Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A shadowy figure of the 1960s art world is gloriously revealed."
An in-depth biography of influential art gallery dealer Richard Bellamy (1927-1998). Read full book review >
YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT by Jessi Klein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 12, 2016

"A gifted comedian turns the anxieties, obsessions, insecurities, and impossible-to-meet expectations that make up human nature into laughter."
From childhood to motherhood, comedian Klein's fresh takes on the perplexities of womanhood in America. Read full book review >
WHO SHOT SPORTS by Gail Buckland
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"Essential for all students of sports history and of photography and a fine gift for buffs as well."
Superb anthology of sports photographs, coupled with an illuminating text exploring the making of images both iconic and unknown. Read full book review >

AHEAD OF THE CURVE by Brian Kenny
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2016

"A delight for baseball lovers but also a useful parable about the power of habit and tradition, barriers to accepting answers hiding in plain sight for years."
From his many years at ESPN and his current perch at the MLB Network, the TV face of the "Baseball Age of Enlightenment" reflects on the rise of analytics and the torpedoing of decadeslong conventional baseball wisdom. Read full book review >
LIFT by Daniel Kunitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"An excellent contribution to the literature of athletic performance and of interest to anyone with a penchant for self-improvement—and not just physical."
A wide-ranging history of fitness. Read full book review >
A CHILD'S FIRST BOOK OF TRUMP by Michael Ian Black
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 5, 2016

"Just about as ephemeral as a Trump's noxious emissions."
Like an orange potato with arms, legs, and windblown blond hair—and, of course, a big mouth—Americus trumpus is explicated for a putative child audience. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 28, 2016

"An absolute must for any Star Trek fan."
"Boldly go where no man has gone before": the oral history of the Star Trek franchise. Read full book review >
PARTY OF ONE by Dave Holmes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 2016

"A hilarious and touching coming-of-age story that will strike a particular nerve among Generation Y."
The former MTV VJ waxes nostalgic on his life in pop culture. Read full book review >
THE WAY OF THE RUNNER by Adharanand Finn
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 2016

"An elegant, well-written pleasure even for readers with no particular interest in foot racing."
Guardian editor and amateur runner Finn marks his second embedded experience with distance racers. Read full book review >
THE BUTLER'S CHILD by Lewis M. Steel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"An articulate, emotionally moving chronicle of a life informed by racial unrest and elevated with dutiful humanitarianism."
A white man borne of privilege dedicates his life to the defense of civil rights. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >