Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

Jazz: America's Gift by Richie  Gerber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2015

"A lively, if not thorough, overview of jazz's origins."
A debut book that examines American jazz's early history, focusing mainly on legendary composer George Gershwin. Read full book review >
NEVER BROKEN by Jewel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A moving musical essay that should strike all the right notes with a wide selection of readers."
A multiplatinum recording artist chronicles her life so far. Read full book review >

MJ by Steve Knopper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Michael Jackson was, indeed, a genius. But he was undoubtedly a troubled genius, as this sweeping biography reveals."
A critical biography of the King of Pop that tries to keep the art at the forefront. Read full book review >
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL by Carrie Brownstein
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Unlike many rock star memoirs, there's no sense that this book is a chore or a marketing effort. It's revealing and riveting. On the page as in her songs, Brownstein finds the right words to give shape to experience."
First-class account of the life and times of an essential riot grrrl and the band she helped create. Read full book review >
DIRTY BLVD. by Aidan Levy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A valuable study of Reed, further cementing his totemic influence as the high priest of art rock."
A biography of legendary rocker Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >

SCIENCE OF THE MAGICAL by Matt Kaplan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A charming romp through the history of science."
How myths and magical beliefs may provide the first glimmers of scientific discovery. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"A pleasure for fans of Benson and the band."
Affable, easygoing, sometimes almost-too-mellow memoir by the noted evangelist of Western swing music and driver of Asleep at the Wheel. Read full book review >
SPEED KINGS by Andy Bull
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A flawed but well-written and entertaining sports story."
Guardian senior sportswriter Bull recounts the history of modern bobsledding and the four men who led the American team to victory at the 1932 Winter Olympics. Read full book review >
YES, MY ACCENT IS REAL by Kunal Nayyar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Nice guy; nice book."
An amiable collection of reminiscences by the Indian actor about girls, school, jobs, family, and acting. Read full book review >
MASSIVE PISSED LOVE by Richard Hell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Fuel for Hell's minions, a fan's notes for fans."
The storied punk rocker, autodidact, and memoirist (I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp, 2013) careens among a host of lit- and culture-crit topics.Read full book review >
FIND A WAY by Diana Nyad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"Inspiring reading for anyone who has ever dared to dream the impossible."
A celebrated endurance swimmer's account of her life in the water and the attempts that led to her successful 2013 swim from Cuba to Florida. Read full book review >
I'LL NEVER WRITE MY MEMOIRS by Grace Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"Jones' recollections are a passionate reminder of the fabulous, decadent, and manic coupling of life and art."
Iconoclastic model, singer, and actress Jones reflects on a highflying life of celebrity exuberance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >