Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."
An instructive exploration of endurance, in sports and in life, from a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Read full book review >
LIVING WITH LEONARDO by Martin Kemp
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"Sign up for these informative, witty, and opinionated art history classes."
A scholar looks back on a long career studying Leonardo da Vinci's life and works. Read full book review >

Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. Read full book review >
CELESTIAL BODIES by Laura Jacobs
Released: May 8, 2018

"'They're doing choreography,' Danny Kaye sang in White Christmas. As Jacobs demonstrates, however, ballet is so much more."
Ballet is a pleasure to watch, but some of its subtleties may be lost on the average viewer. Here, a dance critic tries to explain them. Read full book review >
GHOSTBUSTER'S DAUGHTER by Violet Ramis Stiel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A touching homage to a beloved father and a sufficiently amusing tribute to a comedy legend, but it's less compelling as a memoir."
The daughter of legendary filmmaker Harold Ramis (1944-2014) chronicles her wild Hollywood upbringing and close relationship with her father. Read full book review >

WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY by Franchesca Ramsey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"An admirable exploration of the rapidly morphing boundaries of social mores and online outrage; the author helpfully points the way toward better communication."
The host of MTV's web series Decoded chronicles her difficulties navigating the early days of social media and her evolution as an advocate for social justice. Read full book review >
DYLAN ON DYLAN by Jeff Burger
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"A valuable contribution to the record of Dylan's legacy."
A portrait of the artist through his interviews Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"It's not quite in the same league as Moneyball, but readers interested in the applications of neuroscience to everyday life will find plenty of value here."
New York Times contributor Schonbrun takes readers on a sometimes-tangled but revealing tour of the minds of winning athletes. Read full book review >
KICKFLIP BOYS by Neal Thompson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"A highly candid memoir of parenthood that often fascinates and occasionally frustrates as the author tries to come to terms with the causes that have produced these particular effects."
Permissive parenting clashes with adolescent rebellion amid the skateboarding subculture. Read full book review >
ESTHER'S FOLLIES by Jesse Sublett

"Intriguing theatrical history, if a bit too nice for its raucous subject."
Institutional sketch comedy has an illustrious home in Texas, according to this history of Austin's Esther's Follies. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"Perhaps not the soul of basketball but certainly the wallet. A fine work of sports journalism and a must for every bookish roundball fan."
A blow-by-blow account of the 2010-2011 NBA season, which reshaped the face of pro basketball in a flurry of big money. Read full book review >
SPACE ODYSSEY by Michael Benson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Essential for students of film history, to say nothing of Kubrick's most successful movie."
A fascinating, detail-rich account of the long slog to make the science-fiction masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. 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 >