Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

TANGO LESSONS by Meghan Flaherty
Released: June 19, 2018

"A vibrantly intelligent reading pleasure."
An essayist's debut memoir of how a passion for tango dancing transformed her life. Read full book review >
JIM BROWN by Dave Zirin
Released: June 12, 2018

"A truly rounded, fully fleshed portrait of a significant 20th-century figure."
One of the greatest—and most controversial—athletes of all time gets a well-balanced biographical and historical treatment. Read full book review >

Released: June 12, 2018

"A deeply forensic investigation of the depth of corruption within FIFA and its regional bodies that also shows how much work goes into high-level criminal investigations."
Investigating and prosecuting corruption in the world's most popular sport. Read full book review >
AND THEN WE DANCED by Henry Alford
Released: June 12, 2018

"A standout in the monograph memoir subgenre, where subject guide meets personal essay."
A humorist unites a neophyte's history of modern dance with his own unlikely dance memoir. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"An entertaining, well-documented consideration of a significant TV series—thoughtful fare for TV historians as well as fans of the show."
A retrospective of the groundbreaking TV series, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of its premier. Read full book review >

FLASH by Christopher Bonanos
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself."
A fine-grained close-up of the lensman who lit up New York City, both low-life and high-. Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. Read full book review >
PLANET FUNNY by Ken Jennings
Released: May 29, 2018

"This book is full of good sense and meaningful interviews, and it would be difficult to find a smarter or more satisfying treatment of a subject so evanescent and idiosyncratic as comedy."
In his second departure from quiz-show fare, Jennings (Because I Said So!: The Truth Behind the Myths, Tales, and Warnings Every Generation Passes Down to Its Kids, 2012, etc.) tracks the development of an abiding personal passion: comedy. Read full book review >
ROBIN by Dave Itzkoff
Released: May 15, 2018

"In this solidly reported and much-anticipated book, Itzkoff delivers a revealing portrait of the motivations of a quiet comic genius whose explosive persona moved millions."
A New York Times culture reporter uses both straight reporting and insightful analysis in the first major biography of Robin Williams (1951-2014). Read full book review >
PAUL SIMON by Robert Hilburn
Released: May 8, 2018

"With train-wreck moments and tender interludes alike, a book that delivers a sharply detailed Kodachrome of a brilliant musician."
Searching biography of the renowned songwriter, well known for his melancholic songs and competitive, perfectionist nature. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"An appealing blend of sports history and provocative discussion of race and success, respect and representation in America."
A well-researched meditation on the historical pressures on African-American athletes to embrace (or avoid) political engagement. Read full book review >
THE JEWISH JOKE by Devorah  Baum
Released: May 2, 2018

"Delightfully entertaining and cheerfully insightful."
A compendium of jokes that reflect and create a sense of cultural identity. 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 >