Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

VACATIONLAND by John Hodgman
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Very dry, with a twist."
A memoir from a writer who doubles as a comedian. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A little harsh here, a little overstated there, but all in all a fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race."
Is flimflammery, like jazz, a pure product of America? So wonders New Yorker poetry editor Young (Blues Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, 2016, etc.), adding another Americanism to the mix: Jim Crow. Read full book review >

HANK AND JIM by Scott Eyman
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors."
A dual biography tracing the careers and 50-year friendship of two iconic American actors. Read full book review >
UNQUALIFIED by Anna  Faris
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A mildly compelling celebrity memoir primarily for fans of the author's podcast."
The comedic actress and podcaster reflects on her career journey and offers advice on relationships. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Instructive reading for every coach and every player in every sport—and fun, too."
An exploration of how to rebuild a professional basketball team. Read full book review >

ALI by Jonathan Eig
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exemplary life of an exemplary man who, despite a few missteps, deserves to be remembered long into the future."
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), the recently departed, self-styled greatest, gets an appropriately outsized—and first-rate—biography. Read full book review >
I'M FINE...AND OTHER LIES by Whitney  Cummings
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A zippy, unabashed narrative confronting personal adversity with an equal mix of humor and sincerity."
A witty memoir detailing the misfortunes of a Hollywood comedian, actor, and writer. Read full book review >
LOU REED by Anthony DeCurtis
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential reading for Reed fans and strongly recommended for anyone interested in rock as art."
A full-length portrait of legendary musician Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >
VIVIAN MAIER by Pamela  Bannos
Released: Oct. 6, 2017

"A sympathetic portrait of an artist who remains elusive."
Biography of a secretive photographer who became legendary after her death. Read full book review >
DRIVE FOR FIVE by Christopher Price
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"True believers across Patriot Nation will be gratified, but readers hoping for dispassionate analysis will be disappointed."
Reliving the New England Patriots' 2016 season, culminating in their implausible overtime victory in the Super Bowl. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"Solid material for Vanity Fair readers, fans of investigative journalism, and observers of higher education and its myriad problems."
A collection of in-depth journalism previously published in Vanity Fair, each piece exposing trouble at an elite university or prep school. Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >