Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

NEW YORK'S YIDDISH THEATER by Edna Nahshon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 8, 2016

"A witty and absorbing demonstration of the interplay of minority and mainstream—with the minority culture here being of outsize influence over the larger culture of Broadway, Hollywood, and America."
Take my wife…please! Nahshon (Theater/Jewish Theological Seminary) charts a transformative artistic lineage from the shtetl to Broadway, the Borscht Belt, and beyond. Read full book review >
THE NEAREST THING TO LIFE by James Wood
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 28, 2015

"Deeply thoughtful essays on literature's gifts and consolations."
The New Yorker critic celebrates the richness of literature in his own life. Read full book review >

DELTA LADY by Rita Coolidge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Where memoirs from bigger stars often fail to deliver, this illuminating autobiography exceeds expectations."
A surprisingly rich memoir from a two-time Grammy winner and acclaimed backup singer. Read full book review >
ORSON WELLES, VOLUME 3 by Simon Callow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Welles rightly imagined that people would never stop writing about him after he died. Callow continues to set the standard in this increasingly crowded field."
Juicy, provocative latest installment in the comprehensive life of a self-destructive genius. Read full book review >
HER AGAIN by Michael Schulman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"A brisk, gossipy, and entertaining biography."
An admiring portrait of a rising star. Read full book review >

MASTER OF CEREMONIES by Joel Grey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2016

"An honest, eloquent, memorable autobiography."
The diminutive, unforgettable creator of the emcee in Cabaret both on stage and on screen writes frankly of his diverse career, exacting mother, and public embrace of his homosexuality.Read full book review >
CHASING WATER by Anthony Ervin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"A provocative and refreshingly honest redemption memoir."
A celebrated Olympian recounts how he rose to the top of his sport, crashed, and found redemption. Read full book review >
CITIZEN KANE by Harlan Lebo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 26, 2016

"Published to coincide with the film's 75th anniversary, this book is a gold mine for fans."
Everything you wanted to know about one of the greatest films of all time—and then some. Read full book review >
KILL 'EM AND LEAVE by James McBride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An unconventional and fascinating portrait of Soul Brother No. 1 and the significance of his rise and fall in American culture."
National Book Award winner McBride (The Good Lord Bird, 2013, etc.) dissects the career, legacy, and myth of the Godfather of Soul.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2016

"A text that will delight college basketball fans but also raises tacit questions about the effects of big-time athletics on a university's academic mission."
A veteran sportswriter returns with an account of the basketball wars—on- and off-court—among three iconic coaches in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR

"An entertaining memoir that refreshingly focuses on character and dialogue over stardom.
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A debut account of brushes with fame, love affairs, and hilarious conversations from an actor's life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 15, 2015

"Abrams weaves a compelling tale about a transformational era in the NBA that also speaks to the sometimes-desperate pursuit of sporting stardom."
How teenage basketball stars transformed the NBA. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >