Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BROADWAY by Fran Leadon
Released: April 17, 2018

"A lively history of one of the most famous streets in America."
Four hundred years in the life of a road the original Dutch settlers referred to as Brede Wegh (Broad Way). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >

Released: April 10, 2018

"A readable, delightful work of film/cultural history for movie fans."
A noted authority on all things Texas, Graham (English/Univ. of Texas, Austin; State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, 2011, etc.) turns his attention to film with this authoritative tale of "Big Texas Oil" and the epic movie Giant (1956). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."
An instructive exploration of endurance, in sports and in life, from a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Read full book review >
INSEPARABLE by Yunte Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A vivid portrayal of the trials and triumphs of two determined men."
The fascinating story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), who became wealthy celebrities in Jacksonian America. Read full book review >

SPACE ODYSSEY by Michael Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
TRUE STORIES FROM AN UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS by Christine Lahti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A book that hopefully marks the beginning of a fruitful writing career."
A quirky book of personal essays by a successful Hollywood professional. Read full book review >
ALL THAT JAZZ by Ethan Mordden
Released: April 2, 2018

"A theater history told with candor—critics Andrew Sarris and Clive Barnes are 'idiots'—wit, and expertise. A distinguished investigation into the art form intellectuals scorn as 'cotton candy.'"
An authoritative history of the "entire Chicago saga—a play, a silent film, a talkie, and only then the musical"—and beyond. Read full book review >
NOBODY'S GIRL FRIDAY by J.E. Smyth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2018

"An exuberant celebration of empowered women."
A history of women who held prominent positions in Hollywood from 1930 to 1950. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2018

"A clear and strongly worded fighting manual in the long tradition of Sun Tzu."
A handbook about handling conflict from both a physical and philosophical perspective. Read full book review >
TWENTIETH-CENTURY BOY by Duncan Hannah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"Devotees of the underground art and punk scenes of 1970s New York will devour Hannah's journals, each page of which contains something fascinating or worthy of note—best enjoyed while listening to Bowie's 'Diamond Dogs,' Television's 'Marquee Moon,' and Patti Smith's 'Horses.'"
An intensely personal and engrossing portrait of a bygone era. Read full book review >
STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
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 >
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 >