Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"A lyrical and intense memoir."
An award-winning staff writer for the New Yorker offers a probing account of his lifetime passion for surfing.Read full book review >
ALICE IN CHAINS by David de Sola
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Exhaustively researched but too discursive for its own good."
Biography of a drug-ridden Seattle grunge outfit whose fame peaked in the mid-1990s. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 16, 2015

"A propulsive and fascinating portrait of the people who helped upend an industry and challenge how music and media are consumed."
A history of the music industry's reckoning with digital technology, the Internet, and the "pirate generation." Read full book review >
THE JEWISH OLYMPICS by Ron Kaplan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 7, 2015

"A useful guide to a significant sporting event that was 'born out of exclusion and anti-Semitism.'"
The sports and features editor for the New Jersey Jewish News compiles a thorough history of a unique international sporting event. Read full book review >
THE SECRET OF GOLF by Joe Posnanski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"Some stellar shots, a few slices and hooks, and a couple putts that hang on the lip."
An award-winning sports journalist charts the careers of and competition between Watson (the younger) and Nicklaus (the elder) as they dominated golf in the 1970s and beyond. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"Klein changed the way rock does business. In this balanced, fascinating, and well-written biography, Goodman gives him credit where it's due."
The story of a manager more often vilified than any other in the history of rock. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 2015

"An illuminating voyage into the heart of Frost's poem and the American spirit."
Unraveling the mystery of a famous poem. Read full book review >
BORN TO BE WILD by Randy D. McBee
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 2015

"A dynamite subject whose explosions are somewhat muted by the generally dispassionate tenor of the text."
A thorough, academic cultural history of the motorcycle and its riders since the second world war. Read full book review >
DESTRUCTION WAS MY BEATRICE by Jed Rasula
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 2015

"A well-researched survey that shows the scope of Dada and its influence on the art world."
Rasula (English/Univ. of Georgia; Modernism and Poetic Inspiration, 2009, etc.) follows an uprising of disaffected artists who burned through Europe during and after World War I, incinerating old ideas of art and literature and making way for new forms.Read full book review >
THE ART OF THE CON by Anthony M. Amore
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 14, 2015

"An engrossing read about brazen, artful scams."
The big business of art fraud. Read full book review >
MOLINA by Bengie Molina
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 2015

"A simply told, deeply moving story, quite unlike the usual baseball book."
An affecting memoir about a remarkable man who raised three sons to become baseball champions. Read full book review >
GREAT MEN DIE TWICE by Mark Kram Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2015

"A solid introduction to an important sportswriter."
Edited by his son, Kram Jr. (Like Any Normal Day, 2012), this is the first collection of work from one of the more literary sportswriters of the 1960s and '70s, whose mixed legacy leaves a hole at the center of this volume.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >