Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BORN TO RUN by Bruce Springsteen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A superb memoir by any standard, but one of the best to have been written by a rock star."
The Boss speaks—and he does so as both journeyman rocker and philosopher king. Read full book review >
LAST GIRL BEFORE FREEWAY by Leslie Bennetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A thorough, sweeping look at the woman who pioneered the idea that 'outrageousness can be cleansing and healthy' and the turbulent personality that brought it to life."
The life and legacy of Joan Rivers (1933-2014). Read full book review >

BLACK SUNSET by Clancy Sigal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 13, 2016

"As a more in-control memoir, this could have been a rich gold mine about Hollywood legends and lore."
Inside the chaotic Hollywood of the 1950s. Read full book review >
GEORGE LUCAS by Brian Jay Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Masterful and engaging: just what Lucas' fans and buffs, who love the nitty-gritty of filmmaking, have been waiting for."
A sweeping, perceptive biography of the influential director. Read full book review >
BEING ELVIS by Ray Connolly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Connolly carefully and sympathetically paints the many faces of Presley, faces eventually shrouded in despair."
A veteran London-based journalist rehearses the rise and fall of Elvis Presley (1935-1977). Read full book review >

BORN A CRIME by Trevor Noah
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A somewhat disjointed narrative with flashes of brilliant storytelling and acute observations on South African culture."
The host of The Daily Show reflects on his tumultuous South African childhood. Read full book review >
THE PLATINUM AGE OF TELEVISION by David Bianculli
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"Bianculli dutifully identifies the best of contemporary TV and its antecedents, but the book lacks the thrill of surprise or the satisfaction of new insight."
Let's all agree on good TV. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2016

"The author's research is commendable, but it swamps readers with too many details."
How an 1897 boxing match helped make cinema history. Read full book review >
THE UNITED STATES OF SOCCER by Phil West
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Fans of MLS will appreciate West's perspective, and those who are not yet fans may be convinced by this brief, worthwhile history."
A perfectly fine book about an adequate soccer league. Read full book review >
THE ELEPHANTS IN MY BACKYARD by Rajiv Surendra
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"One of the more insightful and inspirational of the recent glut of showbiz memoirs."
A young actor loses a great role but finds a wonderful story to share. Read full book review >
PERFUME by Lizzie Ostrom
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Light, pleasant reading for both lovers of perfume and popular culture."
A British perfume aficionado's breezy "tour" of some of the 20th century's most popular scents. Read full book review >
TO PIXAR AND BEYOND by Lawrence Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"A footnote to Walter Isaacson's Steve Jobs, but not a minor one."
Pixar's former chief financial officer turns in an insider's account of one of the world's most influential digital media companies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >