Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

HOW TO WATCH A MOVIE by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2015

"An enjoyably deep dive into the interaction between cinema and psyche."
Celebrated movie critic and film studies teacher Thomson (Moments that Made the Movies, 2013, etc.) implores viewers to scrutinize themselves as closely as what's playing on the silver screen—or YouTube.Read full book review >
THE GHOSTS OF K2 by Mick Conefrey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Most of us will never experience K2. Conefrey leaves readers with both tremendous admiration for and an appreciation of the consequences for those who succeed in an adventure so physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing."
Chronicling the superhuman efforts to climb, though never conquer, the "Savage Mountain." Read full book review >

SAM PHILLIPS by Peter Guralnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A wonderful story that brings us deep into that moment when America made race music its own and gave rise to the rock sound now heard around the world."
A monumental biography of the larger-than-life loner who fought for the acceptance of black music and discovered an extraordinary group of poor, country-boy singers whose records would transform American popular culture. Read full book review >
WILLIAM CAMERON MENZIES by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"While it can get bogged down in the minutiae of camera angles, set details, and the tedium of production, this is an illuminating, long-overdue book about the man who taught the world how to make a good film."
Curtis (Spencer Tracy, 2011, etc.) details just about every aspect of director and film production designer William Cameron Menzies (1896-1957).Read full book review >
ST. MARKS IS DEAD by Ada Calhoun
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 2, 2015

"Rather than a nostalgic lament, this revelatory book celebrates an indelible cultural imprint."
An illuminating stroll through the decades of one of the most culturally significant streets in America. Read full book review >

LITTLE VICTORIES by Jason Gay
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 2015

"Gay's observations about his stumbles through life, and the little victories that come from learning from those stumbles, make for a rollicking good read."
Instructive essays in a comedic vein. Read full book review >
THIS IS ALL A DREAM WE DREAMED by Blair Jackson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Worthy of Studs Terkel and an essential addition to the books of the Dead."
Coming on its 50th anniversary and just after the band's farewell tour, an engaging, near-comprehensive oral history of the Grateful Dead. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 2015

"Ably captures the antic spirit of the New Yorker's first heyday."
A fresh view of the much-chronicled magazine, focused on the three writers/editors who, with founder Harold Ross, shaped its sophisticated stance in the years between the world wars. Read full book review >
PETTY by Warren Zanes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"Though it attests to the artist's singularity, this incisive, illuminating biography also serves as an elegy to one of the golden eras of the classic rock band—of the days when 'a band was everything, a shield and a shelter.'"
A biography of a reticent musician that will allow even his biggest fans to see him with fresh eyes and hear him with fresh ears. Read full book review >
Sweep Rowing by Dave Cherry
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 14, 2014

"Buoyant advice for readers ready to hit the river."
With 20 years' experience coaching crew, Cherry talks not just mechanics, but the potential art in the rowing experience. Read full book review >
DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 2015

"A unique, poised, and polished first book from a respected actress."
An award-winning actress's collection of never-sent literary missives to the men who have most influenced her personal development. Read full book review >
Jazz: America's Gift by Richie  Gerber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2015

"A lively, if not thorough, overview of jazz's origins."
A debut book that examines American jazz's early history, focusing mainly on legendary composer George Gershwin. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >