Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

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. 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 >

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 >
THE STREAK by John Eisenberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Eisenberg examines one of baseball's most venerated records while exploring what it all means, providing a compelling, thought-provoking history for fans of America's grand game."
The story of baseball's greatest iron men. Read full book review >
SO MUCH THINGS TO SAY by Roger  Steffens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The author's approach allows him to tell more of the story, and even without presenting Marley's voice directly, this is an illuminating portrait of an extraordinary life."
An oral history that presents a well-rounded portrait of the music legend, allowing for multiple, sometimes-conflicting, points of view. Read full book review >

WILD THINGS by Bruce  Handy
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"As well-researched as it is seamlessly composed, this book entertains as it educates."
A Vanity Fair contributing editor encourages adult readers to tumble back down the rabbit hole of childhood and rediscover their favorite books. Read full book review >
ROOTS, RADICALS AND ROCKERS by Billy  Bragg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Writing with an expert practitioner's appreciation for music, Bragg tells the story of British rock-'n'-roll's forerunner with verve and great intelligence."
Superb account, by British folk-punker Bragg (A Lover Sings: Selected Lyrics, 2016, etc.), of the politically aware, working-class skiffle craze of the 1950s. Read full book review >
THE SECRETS OF MY LIFE by Caitlyn  Jenner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2017

"Painting a life both shallow and deep, painstakingly choreographed and unscripted, Jenner's candid portrait of a self in the remaking is a marvel to behold."
A rugged tale of brute beauty and pyrrhic individualism. 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 >
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 >