Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

A LETTER TO MY YOUNGER SELF by Robert Bouvier Murray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Hard-won and often moving life lessons delivered to young athletes."
In this debut book, contributors offer a series of letters to their younger selves. Read full book review >
FLASH by Christopher Bonanos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this deeply researched (though lightly worn) and compelling portrait, Bonanos captures all sides of an artist in spite of himself."
A fine-grained close-up of the lensman who lit up New York City, both low-life and high-. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A charming look at a cherished American show."
A cartoon pioneer walks us down his Memory Lane. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"It's a pleasure to ride in the peloton alongside LeMond, who emerges from this account as America's once-and-future cycling great."
"It's not the bicycle…it's the legs": a sprint through a big swatch of bicycling history, focusing on racer Greg LeMond's triumphant return from disaster. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2018

"More than a footnote to the rise and fall of one of the last great rock bands."
When did the Clash quit being "the only band that matters"? Read full book review >

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER by Mark Ribowsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"The book has its moments, but not enough to overcome Ribowsky's flubs and irksome penchant for mockery."
An in-depth look at American football royalty. Read full book review >
YOUR DAD STOLE MY RAKE by Tom Papa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"If Lawrence Welk had been a comedian, this is the book he might have written—pleasing for a certain demographic."
Family-oriented, family-directed humor from the longtime Prairie Home Companion head writer. Read full book review >
AND THEN WE DANCED by Henry Alford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A standout in the monograph memoir subgenre, where subject guide meets personal essay."
A humorist unites a neophyte's history of modern dance with his own unlikely dance memoir. Read full book review >
STRANGE STARS by Jason Heller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Sci-fi geeks with a penchant for rock 'n' stomp, prog excess, and other flavors of pop will enjoy this one."
The mothership connection is clear: Where there's rock 'n' roll, science fiction isn't far away, as Hugo Award winner Heller (Taft 2012, 2012, etc.) deftly demonstrates. Read full book review >
ROOM TO DREAM by David J. Lynch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"Although an awkward read, the book abounds in great stories and terrific movie trivia that will sate Lynch fans for years to come."
It takes a tag-team effort to tell this ambitious life of the enigmatic filmmaker and artist. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2018

"A mixed bag but useful for explaining the South to Yankees—and perhaps to some Southerners, too."
A Mississippi native returns to the South to revel in the "typically jarring contradictions" of Dixie. Read full book review >
SIREN SONG by Seymour Stein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A sometimes-gritty, sometimes-charming memoir that pays tribute to the American recording industry."
A memoir detailing the 1966 founding of Sire Records and the author's journey through six decades in the music industry discovering talent like the Talking Heads, the Ramones, Madonna, and many others. 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 >