Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ALONE ON THE WALL by Alex Honnold
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"An inspiringly intense memoir for readers of adventure lit."
A much-honored climber's exciting story of the death-defying feats that led to rock-climbing superstardom. Read full book review >
APPROACHING ALI by Davis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 23, 2015

"Hagiographic pieces that never quite coalesce into a book that matches the author's ambitions."
A journalist's obsession with his subject is renewed. Read full book review >

AMERICA DANCING by Megan Pugh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Pugh gracefully dances the fine line between critic and fan."
In her debut, a scholar and freelance critic transforms some key people and events into artful coat trees on which to hang the history of American popular dance. Read full book review >
WHAT THE EYE HEARS by Brian Seibert
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Awfully long for all but the most committed tap fanatics, but an intelligent, thoughtful assessment worth dipping into by anyone interested in American culture."
New York Times dance critic Seibert debuts with an exhaustive account of tap, from its roots in African dance to its multicultural apotheosis. Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF K2 by Mick Conefrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Most of us will never experience K2. Conefrey leaves readers with both tremendous admiration for and an appreciation of the consequences for those who succeed in an adventure so physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing."
Chronicling the superhuman efforts to climb, though never conquer, the "Savage Mountain." Read full book review >

SAM PHILLIPS by Peter Guralnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A wonderful story that brings us deep into that moment when America made race music its own and gave rise to the rock sound now heard around the world."
A monumental biography of the larger-than-life loner who fought for the acceptance of black music and discovered an extraordinary group of poor, country-boy singers whose records would transform American popular culture. Read full book review >
AMAZING FANTASTIC INCREDIBLE by Stan Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"A worthwhile primer for adoring acolytes, but too much P.T. Barnum and not enough behind-the-scenes insights for a broader audience."
Comic book legend Lee offers fans a graphic autobiography in his inimitably jaunty style. Read full book review >
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF MICKEY ROONEY by Richard A. Lertzman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A comprehensive portrait of Mickey the screw-up; those wanting a more considered portrait of the artist will be disappointed."
The scuzzy life and desperate times of a movie icon. Read full book review >
CHAPTER AND VERSE by Bernard Sumner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Given the author's previous reticence, fans of both bands will find this memoir revelatory."
A reticent British rock star opens up—a little. Read full book review >
KEEP MOVING by Dick Van Dyke
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Those with fond memories of the author's wholesome movies and TV shows may take pleasure in this dose of good cheer; others not so much."
In this follow-up to his memoir, My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business (2011), song-and-dance man Van Dyke relishes his approaching 90th birthday and shares some tips for readers on reaching and enjoying that venerable age.Read full book review >
IF THE RAINDROPS UNITED by Judah Friedlander
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A more-misses-than-hits collection that will likely find a home in bathroom-reading bins."
A comedian presents a series of drawings and cartoons, most of which "are comedy. But some are serious. Or just weird." Read full book review >
WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"While it can get bogged down in the minutiae of camera angles, set details, and the tedium of production, this is an illuminating, long-overdue book about the man who taught the world how to make a good film."
Curtis (Spencer Tracy, 2011, etc.) details just about every aspect of director and film production designer William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957).Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >