Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"An affectionate, sharp-eyed memoir that, while it doesn't add anything groundbreaking to the rock-lit canon, will appeal to Alice Cooper die-hards and fans of his brand of music."
A visit to the magical, blood-spattered world of the Alice Cooper Group, courtesy of Dunaway, the band's bassist, co-songwriter and "theatrical conceptionalist." Read full book review >
FUTURE DAYS by David Stubbs
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 21, 2015

"Stubbs' doorstop is well-researched, well-written, intensely detailed, and oftentimes gripping, but unless you have a couple of Ash Ra Tempel albums in your collection or are intensely curious about German culture in the 1970s, you might be hard-pressed to make it through this exhaustive study of a relatively short-lived genre."
A massive answered prayer for fans of Krautrock, without which "hip hop, techno, electropop, ambient and post-rock might never have evolved." Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 14, 2015

"With acumen, Knight delivers an elegant précis of a baseball team's season, and you don't have to be a Dodgers fan to enjoy it."
A searching portrait of the Los Angeles Dodgers' 2013 season, from ESPN Magazine writer Knight.Read full book review >
GAMELIFE by Michael W. Clune
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Ultimately, Clune remains unconvinced and unrepentant, offering his rebuttal in this provocative book."
A memoir about coming of age with video games, in which the author finds a reality more real than the outside world. Read full book review >
INTANGIBALL by Lonnie Wheeler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"A good book for baseball fans who already know, or think they know, about the specific players named."
Sportswriter Wheeler—co-author of memoirs by Hank Aaron and Mike Piazza, among others—makes the case that baseball statistics should be examined in tandem with the intangibles of a player's character when assembling a winning team. Read full book review >

OUT ON THE WIRE by Jessica Abel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A spirited work whose readership should not be limited to those who make radio narrative or love to listen to it."
A richly engaging graphic narrative about radio storytelling and storytelling in general. Read full book review >
SICK IN THE HEAD by Judd Apatow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 16, 2015

"A delightful and hilarious read for anyone interested in what makes comedians tick."
Three decades of interviews with comedy greats conducted by writer, producer, and director Apatow (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, etc.).Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fun to read and as ephemeral as the latest fashion trend."
Behind-the-scenes look at the fashion industry from high-profile editor/stylist/TV personality Zee. Read full book review >
DYLAN GOES ELECTRIC! by Elijah Wald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2015

"An enjoyable slice of 20th-century music journalism almost certain to provide something for most readers, no matter one's personal feelings about Dylan's music or persona."
Music journalist and musician Wald (Talking 'Bout Your Mama: The Dozens, Snaps, and the Deep Roots of Rap, 2014, etc.) focuses on one evening in music history to explain the evolution of contemporary music, especially folk, blues, and rock.Read full book review >
YOU'RE NEVER WEIRD ON THE INTERNET (ALMOST) by Felicia Day
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 2015

"Day is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell, but a richer work would have made more room for a consideration of the darker aspects of geek culture."
Actress Day, best known for her "geek goddess" roles in such nerd-culture touchstones as the Web series The Guild and various Joss Whedon projects, recounts her unusual upbringing and the neuroses-strewn path that led to her obsessions with fantasy, science fiction, gaming, and online communities.Read full book review >
FURIOUSLY HAPPY by Jenny Lawson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter."
Lawson (Let's Pretend This Never Happened, 2012), "The Bloggess," pokes fun at herself as she addresses the serious nature of her mental and physical illnesses. Read full book review >
MODERN ROMANCE by Aziz Ansari
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 2015

"Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful."
The ever hip and funny comedian and Parks and Recreation star embarks on a surprisingly insightful exploration of the complex realities of dating today. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >