Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ARE YOU ANYBODY? by Jeffrey Tambor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"Sure, parts of the book are schmaltzy, but that doesn't make the author's advice, or his story, any less compelling."
Debut memoir from the acclaimed screen and stage actor. Read full book review >
THE TUNNEL AT THE END OF THE LIGHT by Jim Shepard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Shepard's ruminations occasionally get caught up in knots, but he finds new relevance in every movie he endeavors to explore."
Essays on a handful of contemporary classic films and what they reveal about American politics. Read full book review >

MISS D AND ME by Kathryn  Sermak
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Sermak writes of Davis' tutelage, 'she was training me for a world that was fading from view.' The author ably documents Davis' growing realization that, long before her death in 1989, her time was already passing."
A chronicle of the last years of a cinema legend as told by her personal assistant. Read full book review >
THE GREAT NADAR by Adam Begley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"Begley capably brings to life the lost Parisian world where Nadar held court. His outsized personality dominates this enjoyable and amply illustrated volume."
A lively portrait of a photography pioneer who altered the cultural landscape of 19th-century France. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mixed bag, sometimes entertaining, sometimes arid, but full of useful insights; readers won't look at Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj the same way after considering them among the 'cartoonish card deck of sexualized female archetypes' that constitutes so much of the present pop scene."
Forget drugs: sex and rock & roll are where it's at in this survey of the devil's music and its carnal dimensions. Read full book review >

EQUIPMENT FOR LIVING by Michael Robbins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Robbins prefers his equipment for living abstract, but he can definitely take it straight, a point the book's concluding Basho-to-Beyoncé and Beyond playlist makes abundantly clear."
Are Wallace Stevens and Bob Dylan permanently at odds, or do they have something in common? Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A fascinating and necessary critical work."
An acclaimed children's literature scholar picks up the mantle of Walter Dean Myers, Nancy Larrick, and others by exploring the ways in which the lack of diversity in children's literature negatively affects American culture as a whole. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"A large bag of buttery popcorn that goes down oh so pleasantly."
A veteran entertainment journalist offers a breezy, detailed rehearsal of three successful romantic comedies from the 1980s and '90s. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Kohan brings the modern sporting arena to life in this fine exploration of the 'corners of American stadiums that aren't necessarily hidden but are almost assuredly unseen.'"
An inside look at the secular cathedrals where we hold our sporting masses—and celebrate with unrepentant excess. Read full book review >
DISCOVERING THE HIDDEN WISDOM OF <i>THE LITTLE PRINCE</i> by Pierre  Lassus
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Despite the heavy-handed religious reading of the book and some proselytizing, many will enjoy learning about Saint-Exupéry and his life and how he came to write such a beloved book."
The story behind one of the world's most popular books. Read full book review >
GO SLOW by Michael  Owen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"An affectionate and complex portrait of London that will help rekindle an interest in her life and work."
A biography of the American actress and pop singer. Read full book review >
THE STARS IN OUR EYES by Julie Klam
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"Entertaining but shallow. Klam is perhaps too sensible a writer to care much about the filtered world of celebrities, and her fundamental indifference to the subject, no matter how she struggles to overcome it, makes the book seem less than essential."
A collection of essays on our culture's fascination with celebrities. 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 >