Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

COUNTRY SOUL by Charles L. Hughes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 23, 2015

"An essential piece of Southern musical history."
Exploration of the racial politics that defined the country and soul music scenes during the 1960s and '70s. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 17, 2015

"Readers need not be fashion mavens to enjoy this entertaining episode of history, enhanced by Givhan's effortless ability to illustrate the models and designers (particularly Lambert) who changed how we dress."
On Nov. 28, 1973, Parisian haute couture faced off against the upstart American designers, and the Americans blew them away. In her debut book, Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post fashion critic Givhan delivers a delightful, encyclopedic exploration of the players and leaders in the field.Read full book review >

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2015

"Needless to say, effective humor is extremely personal. For those who have found Barry funny in a good way, these latest essays will cause outright, prolonged laughter."
Humorist Barry (You Can Date Boys When You're Forty: Dave Barry on Parenting and Other Topics He Knows Very Little About, 2014, etc.) departs from the collections of his now-defunct syndicated newspaper column and his goofy full-length novels to write a dozen original essays gathered loosely around a theme: happiness and its discontents.Read full book review >

Franco Corelli and a Revolution in Singing by Stefan Zucker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 18, 2015

"Strictly for opera aficionados, a detailed, passionate analysis of what makes tenor singing and its practitioners unique."
A critical look at the evolution of operatic tenor singing, from the 19th century to the present. Read full book review >
THE MONOPOLISTS by Mary Pilon
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A fascinating, appealingly written history of an iconic American amusement."
In her debut, New York Times sports reporter Pilon deftly explores the origin of the Monopoly board game.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 >
SCHUBERT'S WINTER JOURNEY by Ian Bostridge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 27, 2015

"A graceful confirmation that reading can be an integrative education that offers a surprise with every turn of the page."
A singer, author and professor expertly escorts us through Winterreise, Franz Schubert's 24-song cycle.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 >
THE PARTNERSHIP by Pamela Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"With a novelist's eye for telling details, Katz offers a colorful, perceptive and riveting portrait of a remarkable artistic partnership."
The explosive collaboration of two brilliant artists. Read full book review >
BECOMING RICHARD PRYOR by Scott Saul
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Better written and more thoughtful than David and Joe Henry's Furious Cool (2013). The latter remains worth reading, but this book is the place to start."
Smart blend of social history and biography centering on one of the funniest—and most tragic—people of our time. 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 >