Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

THE CHICAGO CUBS by Rich Cohen
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Cohen's accounts of the team, the players, the games and the culture surrounding the Cubs are brisk and informative, and his many personal stories, strung like holiday lights throughout the narrative, illuminate a fan's frangible heart that annually repaired itself."
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series for the first time since 1908—and thereby hangs this tale. Read full book review >
BUZZ by Hallie  Lieberman
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Provocative, illuminating, and consistently entertaining."
The unexpected and underappreciated history of sex toys. Read full book review >

HANK AND JIM by Scott Eyman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An entertaining, richly documented biography that will be appreciated by film and theater scholars as well as fans of these memorable actors."
A dual biography tracing the careers and 50-year friendship of two iconic American actors. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Instructive reading for every coach and every player in every sport—and fun, too."
An exploration of how to rebuild a professional basketball team. Read full book review >
ALI by Jonathan Eig
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"An exemplary life of an exemplary man who, despite a few missteps, deserves to be remembered long into the future."
Muhammad Ali (1942-2016), the recently departed, self-styled greatest, gets an appropriately outsized—and first-rate—biography. Read full book review >

LOU REED by Anthony DeCurtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential reading for Reed fans and strongly recommended for anyone interested in rock as art."
A full-length portrait of legendary musician Lou Reed (1942-2013). Read full book review >
SPOILER ALERT by Michael  Ausiello
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A heartbreaking memoir infused with dark humor and composed with true love."
A veteran entertainment journalist shares the bittersweet story of his relationship with his husband and his tragic death from cancer. Read full book review >
THE FIRST MAJOR by John Feinstein
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"Recommended for any sports enthusiast and a must for golfers of all handicaps."
An exciting story of the "terror…absolute joy and absolute despair" that are the Ryder Cup matches. Read full book review >
THE RING OF TRUTH by Roger Scruton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An admirable, welcome effort to illuminate one of the most significant artistic achievements of the modern age."
The noted philosopher and writer takes on Richard Wagner's operatic masterpiece in this thorough critical study. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A wild haymaker for the masses, perhaps, but a knockout read for capes-and-cowls aficionados."
A smart, blow-by-blow narrative of the sometimes-friendly, often bitter rivalry between corporate comic-book behemoths. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fine history of a vital period in the history of not only baseball, but America."
Capturing baseball and its relationship to society in the 1960s on and off the field through the experiences of two teams and their two star pitchers. Read full book review >
HIRSCHFELD by Ellen Stern
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"As the first substantive biography of Hirschfeld, this will be welcomed by art and Broadway lovers alike."
An in-depth biography of America's "line king" caricaturist. 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 >