Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

BROADWAY by Fran Leadon
Released: April 17, 2018

"A lively history of one of the most famous streets in America."
Four hundred years in the life of a road the original Dutch settlers referred to as Brede Wegh (Broad Way). Read full book review >

"A cogent and well-written examination of fans, this book belongs on the shelves of music lovers."
A historical study explores the reactions of music fans to inventive changes by artists. Read full book review >

STOP WHINING; START WINNING by Tom Anstett
Released: April 4, 2017

"Heartfelt, powerful, and sincere; should prompt serious reflection by teachers and coaches alike."
A debut book exhorts teachers to be better coaches—and vice versa. Read full book review >
TRUE STORIES FROM AN UNRELIABLE EYEWITNESS by Christine Lahti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A book that hopefully marks the beginning of a fruitful writing career."
A quirky book of personal essays by a successful Hollywood professional. Read full book review >
INSEPARABLE by Yunte Huang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A vivid portrayal of the trials and triumphs of two determined men."
The fascinating story of conjoined twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811-1874), who became wealthy celebrities in Jacksonian America. Read full book review >

NOBODY'S GIRL FRIDAY by J.E. Smyth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2018

"An exuberant celebration of empowered women."
A history of women who held prominent positions in Hollywood from 1930 to 1950. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"A sobering look at the realities of the pursuit of big-time sporting opportunities."
Exploring the fine line between opportunity and exploitation in the world of African youth soccer. Read full book review >
Released: April 10, 2018

"A readable, delightful work of film/cultural history for movie fans."
A noted authority on all things Texas, Graham (English/Univ. of Texas, Austin; State of Minds: Texas Culture and Its Discontents, 2011, etc.) turns his attention to film with this authoritative tale of "Big Texas Oil" and the epic movie Giant (1956). Read full book review >
12 ROUNDS IN LO'S GYM by Todd D. Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"An affecting testimonial to the power of action and of storytelling—to say nothing of a good right hook—to make real change."
Spirited memoir of life in a West Virginia backwater, where fight clubs keep youngsters from going off the rails. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A powerful debut that will resonate especially with readers who have loved and lost someone to addiction."
A penetrating story about the author's experience witnessing addiction claim her brother's life. Read full book review >
ALL THAT JAZZ by Ethan Mordden
Released: April 2, 2018

"A theater history told with candor—critics Andrew Sarris and Clive Barnes are 'idiots'—wit, and expertise. A distinguished investigation into the art form intellectuals scorn as 'cotton candy.'"
An authoritative history of the "entire Chicago saga—a play, a silent film, a talkie, and only then the musical"—and beyond. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. 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 >