Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A mostly informative and insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence."
The story of YouTube and the video platform's vast cultural influence. Read full book review >
FLASH! by John Dufresne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Not the place to learn about the short story genre itself but a good place to learn how to write some really, really short ones."
A how-to guide to writing flash fiction. Read full book review >

PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED by Gerrick D. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An apt consideration of a raunchy yet vital cultural moment."
An entertaining account of the rise and influence of pioneering "gangsta rap" act Niggaz with Attitude, aka N.W.A. Read full book review >
THEY CAN'T KILL US UNTIL THEY KILL US by Hanif  Abdurraqib
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Erudite writing from an author struggling to find meaning through music."
An Ohio-based poet, columnist, and music critic takes the pulse of the nation while absorbing some of today's most eclectic beats. Read full book review >
GOLD DUST WOMAN by Stephen Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."
An unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks (b. 1948), best known as the lead singer for Fleetwood Mac. Read full book review >

DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY by Darryl W.  Bullock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era."
An encyclopedic look at the lives of formative Western LGBT musicians and performers. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON PEOPLE by David Hepworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A lively compendium of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll."
An award-winning music journalist compiles a spirited celebration of rock stars. Read full book review >
HERE IS REAL MAGIC by Nate  Staniforth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Magic can be unnecessarily flashy, but this book isn't flashy at all; it's an assured and thoughtful work about finding true 'awe and wonder.'"
A magician conjures up memories, dreams, and reflections on his craft. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An aggressively researched toy story on the 'doll-eat-doll world of litigation over inspiration.'"
Exploring the little-known battle for the Barbie doll empire. Read full book review >
WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >
IMPROV NATION by Sam Wasson
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An entertaining book, recommended for aspiring comedians who want to historicize their practice."
An uncensored look at how and why improvisation came to be such a significant art form. Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. 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 >