Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A breezy, slightly overlong account that will interest fans of African-American culture and TV comedy due to its up-close detail and numerous sources."
A history of the development of the hit TV show In Living Color and the comedy dynasty of the Wayans family. Read full book review >

STEALING THE SHOW by Joy Press
Released: March 6, 2018

"An urgent and entertaining history of the transformative powers of women in TV."
A veteran cultural critic examines the rise of female-centric TV and the pioneering women showrunners behind their successes. Read full book review >
MORE THAN TRUE by Robert Bly
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 27, 2018

"Idiosyncratic readings by a generous, gifted writer who asks his readers to be open to a story's poetry, its 'light by which we may see life.'"
The celebrated poet offers a personal reading of fairy tales. Read full book review >
BIG DEAL by Kevin Winkler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"Thorough research combines with deep affection and admiration to create a clear analysis and tribute."
A former professional dancer and New York Public Library archivist and curator enlists the services of both experiences to describe and analyze the career of Bob Fosse (1927-1987), the legendary dancer, choreographer, and director. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 2018

"A clear and strongly worded fighting manual in the long tradition of Sun Tzu."
A handbook about handling conflict from both a physical and philosophical perspective. Read full book review >
SUPERFANS by George Dohrmann
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"The organization is a little scattershot, but this is a fascinating subject deserving of further study, and Dohrmann provides a good jumping-off point."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist turns his attention to those who identify obsessively with their teams. Read full book review >
ASTRID LINDGREN by Jens Andersen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Readers who grew up on Lindgren's stories will find this excellent book irresistible—and often surprising."
Insightful, elegantly written biography of the beloved author of the Pippi Longstocking tales, a complex woman of parts. Read full book review >
THE KEVIN SHOW by Mary Pilon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"Grippingly provocative reading."
An award-winning journalist tells the story of one man's struggle with a rare form of bipolar disorder called the Truman Show delusion. Read full book review >
THE VANITY FAIR DIARIES by Tina Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Entertaining if sometimes mean-spirited and full of valuable lessons in how—and sometimes how not—to run a magazine."
Princess Diana, Donald Trump, Nancy Reagan, and other newsy icons come in for critical assessment by a sharp-tongued London transplant who remade two leading magazines. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"Johnson engagingly captures the lives, struggles, and triumphs of five men whose greatness transcended American sports."
How five black men helped to transform UCLA, college and professional sports, and American life. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2017

"Fans will devour this addictive, indulgent, and crafty appraisal of one of reality TV's biggest successes."
Dishing on The Bachelor, the wildly successful reality show franchise. 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 >