Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

THE NOVEL OF THE CENTURY by David Bellos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Anyone who loves Hugo, France, and the French language will revel in this delightful book that explains all the intimacies of 19th-century French life."
A renowned French translator explores the life and legacy of Les Misérables. Read full book review >
I HATE EVERYONE, EXCEPT YOU by Clinton Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir."
Fashion maven Kelly (Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget, 2013, etc.) is more booster than basher in this collection of mostly autobiographical essays about his life on- and off-screen. Read full book review >

BAD SINGER by Tim Falconer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A spirited, even adventurous look at the mysteries of how the human brain perceives and processes sound—and even, on occasion, manages to make beautiful music."
"I'm a bad singer. And deep down, it matters." Falling down a rabbit hole in B-minor, Canadian science writer Falconer (Magazine Journalism/Ryerson Univ.; That Good Night: Ethicists, Euthanasia and the End-of-Life Care, 2009, etc.) explores all that bad singing entails. Read full book review >
THE PRINCESS DIARIST by Carrie Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Outspoken, honest commentary of what it's like to be Princess Leia on and off the screen."
How playing Princess Leia changed the author's life. Read full book review >
NOT DEAD YET by Phil Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Though without the gruff nastiness of Keith Richards' Life or the raw poetry of Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run, this is a pleasing entry in the pop-confessional genre."
Of beat-keeping, boozing, and stardom: Genesis drummer and solo star Collins tells…well, something approaching all. Read full book review >

CASEY STENGEL by Marty Appel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"One of the more skilled biographies baseball fans could hope to find."
Sports journalist Appel (Pinstripe Empire: The New York Yankees from Before the Babe to After the Boss, 2012, etc.) delves deeply into the baseball career and personal life of Casey Stengel (1890-1975), a solid player and legendary manager. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A pleasing slice of baseball nostalgia that offers relevance to today's game."
The history of a fascinating franchise during professional baseball's colorful 1970s era. Read full book review >
BRESSON ON BRESSON by Robert Bresson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A terrific encapsulation of the philosophies and techniques behind the cinematic masterpieces of Robert Bresson, from the man himself."
Reflections of a cinematic grandmaster. Read full book review >
SET THE BOY FREE by Johnny Marr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"An upbeat study in musical growth and stardom, though it's lacking in writerly style or Smiths gossip."
The driving force behind the Smiths recalls his path to stardom and what he wore along the way. Read full book review >
THE SKIN ABOVE MY KNEE by Marcia Butler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"The light and the dark fight it out in this fierce, fiery memoir."
Can music save a person's life? Read full book review >
BOP APOCALYPSE by Martin Torgoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A textured story of human hope and hopelessness, of artistry that blossomed in the most daunting and, in some cases, demeaning circumstances."
A comprehensive and compassionate account of the intersections of jazz, race, and drugs in mid-20th-century America. Read full book review >
CRAVINGS by Judy Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 28, 2017

"A compelling read for fans of Collins and/or those confronting their own addictive behavior."
The famed recording artist recalls her past struggles with overeating and alcoholism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >