Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

HELP! by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 2018

"A fresh blend of scholarly musical analysis and provocative ideas about creativity and how composers create great art."
A convincing case that some of the greatest music in history was not the work of one brilliant mind but rather a result of the commingling of ideas that happens when two complementary artists team up. Read full book review >
KING CON by Paul Willetts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"With the rise of identity theft, celebrity worship, and manipulative social media, this sprightly story of a legendary con artist's outrageous successes becomes a cautionary tale for the digital age."
The absorbing tale of a Jazz Age grifter named Edgar Laplante, who posed as an American Indian and gained extravagant wealth and worldwide fame. Read full book review >

AMATEUR by Thomas Page McBee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Provocative and illuminating—a winning follow-up to McBee's acclaimed debut."
A journalist's account of why he decided to train as a boxer and become the first transgender man to fight a cisgender man in Madison Square Garden. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A well-researched and thoroughly entertaining dual biography."
A filmmaker and screenwriter's biographical account of two 19th-century theater divas and their fabled feud. Read full book review >
CINEMATEXAS NOTES by Louis Black
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 26, 2018

"An elegant package of serious, insightful film criticism in an irresistibly concise and engaging format—delightful to dip into for cinephiles and cinema studies neophytes alike."
Film school, pocket-sized. Read full book review >

FASHION CLIMBING by Bill Cunningham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A lively tale of a life in style and a delightful homage to the days before women stopped wearing hats."
A posthumous memoir encapsulates the momentous life of an eccentric fashion icon. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A GODDESS by Guy Branum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2018

"Wickedly smart, funny, and witty."
A gay stand-up comedian considers his life through personal essays that also ruminate on problems and paradoxes of modern American culture. Read full book review >
MEG, JO, BETH, AMY by Anne Boyd Rioux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"An enlightening, well-documented argument for why this novel is essential—will inspire readers to become acquainted or reacquainted with this influential classic."
A history of Little Women coinciding with the 150th anniversary of its original publication. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN ODYSSEY by Mary Schmidt Campbell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 2018

"A perceptive, richly detailed biography."
The artistic career of Romare Bearden (1911-1988) reflects political, social, and aesthetic transformations. Read full book review >
CHOPIN'S PIANO by Paul Kildea
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A deeply researched, gracefully told music history."
The destiny of one piano reveals changing attitudes about romantic music. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2018

"A penetrating probe into one of the most intriguing and misunderstood sporting stories of our time."
A fascinating investigation into the role of football in American Samoan culture and the role of Samoans in American football. Read full book review >
PLAYING CHANGES by Nate Chinen
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"As this illuminating book shows, jazz still has a lot to say about the world—and a lot of eloquent artists ready to say it."
A music critic assesses the current state of jazz. 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 >