Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

DAVID BOWIE by Dylan Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A dishy but overstuffed and overly praiseful portrait."
A sweeping, gossipy biography of the chameleonic pop star in the form of an oral history, with input from dozens of collaborators, lovers, and admirers. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A depressing but eye-opening and important book about the deteriorating heart of college athletics."
Digging into the massively successful football program at Florida State University and finding the whole project nearly irredeemable. Read full book review >

JONI by Barney Hoskyns
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"The book inevitably creates a desire to hear Mitchell's music and perhaps try to track down some of her artwork, which at the end of the day are the reason the book exists in the first place."
A patchwork collection of writing spanning Joni Mitchell's legendary career. Read full book review >
ADVENTURES OF A BALLAD HUNTER by John A. Lomax
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Essential reading for neo-folkies, alt-country fans, blues enthusiasts, and most other stripes of music lover."
A reissue, 70 years after the original publication, of the lightly learned, endlessly interesting memoir by pioneering folklorist Lomax. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. Read full book review >

LIVE CINEMA AND ITS TECHNIQUES by Francis Ford  Coppola
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Technical and prescriptive, this will appeal primarily to hard-core aficionados."
The award-winning film director makes the case for a new kind of cinema. Read full book review >
AFTER ANDY by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A pop icon's star-studded legacy decorated with red-carpet prestige."
The life and fame of "the American godfather of Pop art" as seen through the doting eyes of a former Factory staffer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"An impressively reported, smoothly written book that nonetheless feels airy in its content."
Cook (The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons, and Baseball Families, 2017 etc.) chronicles the 1947 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers, approaching this narrow slice of sports history from an unusual angle. Read full book review >
MY FIRST COACH by Gary Myers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"No better and no worse than the human-interest sports profiles on a local TV channel."
Football writer and New York Daily News columnist Myers (Brady vs Manning: The Untold Story of the Rivalry that Transformed the NFL, 2015, etc.) looks at how fathers shape the on-field habits of their quarterback sons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"An authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it."
The first of a Beatles expert's two-volume biography of Sir George Martin (1926-2016), up to his 40th birthday and the making of "Rubber Soul." Read full book review >
PLAYING HURT by John  Saunders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2017

"A story that merits both sympathy and attention."
The late ESPN host and commentator recounts years of struggle with mental illness. Read full book review >
RABBIT by Patricia J. Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Sassy, inspiring, and uplifting."
An African-American female comedian recounts how she escaped poverty and a life of crime to become a respected performer. 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 >