Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

RAZZLE DAZZLE by Michael Riedel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"A captivating gift to theater lovers."
The riotous revival of Broadway. Read full book review >
M TRAIN by Patti Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Not as focused as Just Kids, but an atmospheric, moody, and bittersweet memoir to be savored and pondered."
Iconic poet, writer, and artist Smith (Just Kids, 2010, etc.) articulates the pensive rhythm of her life through the stations of her travels.Read full book review >

True Love's Kiss by Robert Rustad
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 2015

"Accessible, entertaining analysis via a feminist lens."
The treatment of gender and romance in Disney "princess" films is explored in this debut essay collection. Read full book review >
THE COMEDIANS by Kliph Nesteroff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A lively, raucous, and immensely entertaining love letter to the funny business."
A comprehensive history of American stand-up comedy, from vaudeville to Twitter. Read full book review >
FEAR AND CLOTHING by Cintra Wilson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Prime sartorial satire for fashionistas aching for a dose of comic relief. Few write as bitingly about pop culture as Wilson."
Irreverent, outspoken culture critic Wilson (Caligula for President: Better American Living Through Tyranny, 2008, etc.) charts the "discovery of my own fashion evolution" through an American road trip.Read full book review >

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS by Adam Lazarus
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Lazarus' solid, unflashy reporting is celebratory without being worshipful, and his study of what made a winning Washington team click will inspire both nostalgia and yearning among fans."
Hail to the…well, Washington, back in the days when its football team's management made better decisions and its players turned in better results. Read full book review >
LOVE BECOMES A FUNERAL PYRE by Mick Wall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Solid overall, as we have come to expect from Wall, though some readers might prefer Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarmen's canonical No One Here Gets Out Alive (1980) for sheer rock-'n'-roll esprit."
In which the Lizard King is revealed to have been human after all. Read full book review >
CURVOLOGY by David Bainbridge
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 7, 2015

"An articulate yet debatable and uneven survey of the endlessly beguiling female form."
The biology, culture, and vanities perennially orbiting the female body. Read full book review >
ALEXANDER MCQUEEN by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilson ably and unsparingly portrays the heady, competitive, solipsistic world that celebrated, and ultimately doomed, McQueen."
The astonishing creations and tormented life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). Read full book review >
BEAST by Doug Merlino
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"A mostly fascinating exposé of the personalities behind the growing business of fighting."
Journalist Merlino (The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, 2010) delves into the fierce and unforgiving world of competitive mixed martial arts fighting.Read full book review >
MY YEAR OF RUNNING DANGEROUSLY by Tom Foreman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Even the author's long-suffering family had to admit at the end of the season that he was happier, and readers will enjoy running alongside him."
The chronicle of a father's response when his daughter asked, "How would you feel about running a marathon with me?" Read full book review >
THE BETRAYAL by Charles Fountain
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 2, 2015

"The scandal was a game-shattering event and cleansed baseball for a moment. Fountain writes of it with professional élan, which means letting the facts not speak but sing."
An investigation of one of the most long-lived and still-living sports scandals: the possible throwing of the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >