Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ILLUSION OF JUSTICE by Jerome F.  Buting
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A fantastic look behind the scenes of the U.S. justice system."
A defense attorney from the trial made famous in Making a Murderer tells his story. Read full book review >
TRUMP'S AMERICA by Scott Dikkers
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Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"Sure to appeal to Onion fans and anyone unhappy with our current president."
A founding editor of the Onion provides a satirical guide to surviving Donald Trump's America. Read full book review >

GOLDEN by Marcus Thompson II
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"Fans of the Warriors and especially of Curry will enjoy the book, which has its virtues in terms of depth and insight, but the rest can wait until Curry's career is over for a more fully fleshed and less-adulatory biography."
A hagiographic look at an NBA star with a lot of career ahead of him. Read full book review >
THE NEW ANALOG by Damon Krukowski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 25, 2017

"Krukowski's writing is witty and generally accessible, though his detours into recording minutiae and avant-garde ideas about sound and art may lose some readers."
Wry exploration of the social meanings behind vintage and modern audio technologies. Read full book review >
GONE by Min Kym
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"A pellucid memoir of letting go and coming to terms."
A child prodigy suffers a great loss and then finds herself. Read full book review >

MY CUBS by Scott Simon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A pleasant, slight memoir with a happy ending."
The NPR Weekend Edition host offers an extended personal essay about his lifelong infatuation with the Chicago Cubs. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A BANANA by David Leite
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A brave and moving tale of food, family, and psychology."
A James Beard Award-winning food blogger tells the story of his struggle to come to terms with his Portuguese heritage, bipolar disorder, and homosexuality. Read full book review >
THE MIGHTY FRANKS by Michael Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A lengthy exploration of one family's uniquely claustrophobic dysfunctions; Frank only finds mixed success in delivering a compelling narrative to bolster the provocative premise."
A writer reflects on his celebrated aunt's overbearing influence on his life. Read full book review >
LAST MAN STANDING by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"A sympathetic, evenhanded biography of a man notorious for his savage wit."
Biography of the acerbic, irreverent comedian who inspired a new generation of performers. Read full book review >
CHARLTON HESTON by Marc Eliot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"An entertaining picture of a complicated cinema icon, albeit viewed through rose-colored glasses."
A new biography attempts to understand the many sides of one of the 20th century's most famous actors. Read full book review >
DINNER WITH DIMAGGIO by Rock Positano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Baseball fans will savor DiMaggio's views about Ted Williams, Pete Rose, and many other famous players; Marilyn Monroe fans will find less of interest. As for other potential readers, the appeal will be limited."
A remembrance of the baseball great's final decade, from his friend and doctor. Read full book review >
LETTERMAN by Jason Zinoman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"This incisive, illuminating book shows the personal toll that success took on all responsible, the price paid for laughs."
The tale of a tormented TV star and his legacy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >