Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

IN SEARCH OF THE LOST CHORD by Danny Goldberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"No substitute for more serious histories of the era but a genial you-were-there memoir of a golden age."
A reminiscence of the time that brought us Sgt. Pepper and the Summer of Love. Read full book review >
BELIEVE ME by Eddie  Izzard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Izzard's many fans will enjoy his reflections, less outlandish than expected and more rueful than boastful."
The cross-dressing, multilingual comic speaks on matters from "the basic bloke-in-a-dress look" to international affairs. Read full book review >

ULTIMATE GLORY by David Gessner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"Not quite deserving of a spot alongside Plimpton and Angell but a pleasing glimpse into one corner of countercultural jockdom."
An anecdotal tour of a sport that has only been around for a few decades but that claims legions of adherents. Read full book review >
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL by Mayte  Garcia
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A genial, candid portrait of Prince's ill-fated turn as a family man."
Prince's ex-wife recalls the joys and heartbreaks of life with the late superstar. Read full book review >
THE SHOW THAT NEVER ENDS by David Weigel
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Prog fans will take to this book like Keith Emerson to an upside-down Hammond."
Dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. Then came prog rock, as this partial but pleasing account of the love-it-or-hate-it genre chronicles. Read full book review >

THE STORY OF BE by David Crystal
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 1, 2017

"Language lessons from a master delivered masterfully: Crystal-clear."
The author of numerous works about the history and uses of English returns with a brief, illuminating disquisition on the history and varied tasks of the verb "to be." Read full book review >
THE TOTALLY UNSCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE SEARCH FOR HUMAN HAPPINESS by Paula Poundstone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A deeply revealing memoir in which the pathos doesn't kill the humor—delivers more than it promises."
In the follow-up to There's Nothing in This Book that I Meant To Say (2007), comedian Poundstone chronicles her amusing and surprisingly personal search for the key to happiness. Read full book review >
TOSCANINI by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"Sweeping yet meticulous, appreciative without eschewing critical judgments—like Toscanini himself."
The epic life and art of the famed Italian conductor. Read full book review >
THE CAPTAIN CLASS by Sam Walker
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"A fascinating sports study with much wider-reaching application, featuring page-turning tales of personal triumph and cogent analysis."
From the rugby pitch to the baseball diamond, a riveting analysis of greatness in sport. Read full book review >
OFF THE CLIFF by Becky Aikman
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"For fans of the iconic film, Aikman provides everything you wanted to know about it and then some."
The hidden story of Thelma & Louise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A lightweight entertainment that demonstrates the old saw that life can truly be stranger than fiction."
The actor who played "the most interesting man in the world" is more interesting than you might have anticipated. Read full book review >
NEVERTHELESS by Alec  Baldwin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"Baldwin reveals himself to be a man of parts. A pleasure for his many fans, though the sitting president doubtless won't be placated—but that, Baldwin notes, is for another book."
The renowned actor and Trump bugaboo opines about filmmaking, politics, and sundry other matters in this cheerful but not entirely amiable memoir. 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 >