Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

ANYONE WHO'S ANYONE by George  Wayne
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"At times fascinating, the interviews offer a casual, unguarded look at some of the most high-profile personalities of the past 30 years."
A career-spanning collection of the writer's celebrity interviews. Read full book review >
WHY I'M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE by Reni  Eddo-Lodge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A sharp, compelling, and impassioned book."
A London-based journalist offers her perspective on race in Britain in the early 21st century. Read full book review >

IMPROV NATION by Sam Wasson
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An entertaining book, recommended for aspiring comedians who want to historicize their practice."
An uncensored look at how and why improvisation came to be such a significant art form. Read full book review >
WHY COMICS? by Hillary L. Chute
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"For anyone who wants a crash course in contemporary comics, or wants to teach one, this is your book."
A comprehensive, critically incisive survey of comics in contemporary culture. Read full book review >
PARENTAL DISCRETION IS ADVISED by Gerrick D. Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An apt consideration of a raunchy yet vital cultural moment."
An entertaining account of the rise and influence of pioneering "gangsta rap" act Niggaz with Attitude, aka N.W.A. Read full book review >

BEETHOVEN'S EROICA by James Hamilton-Paterson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A valuable guide to one of the most remarkable works of a musical giant whose undeniable genius continues to resonate centuries after his death."
Novelist and nonfiction author Hamilton-Paterson (Blackbird: The Story of the Lockheed SR-71 Spy Plane, 2017, etc.) delves into the cultural and historical impact of Beethoven's groundbreaking third symphony, the "Eroica." Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO MADE THE MOVIES by Vanda  Krefft
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 28, 2017

"An insightful and solidly documented though often ponderous history of the early days of cinema—of primary interest to film scholars."
A biography of the silent film-era producer and theater entrepreneur whose name lives on through the major studio he founded. Read full book review >
CARTOON COUNTY by Cullen Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Fun to flip through; engrossing to read."
Part memoir, part cultural history, part treasure trove of drawings and photographs, many previously unpublished—and all thoroughly delightful as a celebration of the golden age of newspaper comics. Read full book review >
UNCOMMON PEOPLE by David Hepworth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A lively compendium of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll."
An award-winning music journalist compiles a spirited celebration of rock stars. Read full book review >
GOLD DUST WOMAN by Stephen Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"An entertaining rock biography, even if you're a take-it-or-leave-it fan of the singer."
An unauthorized biography of Stevie Nicks (b. 1948), best known as the lead singer for Fleetwood Mac. Read full book review >
DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY by Darryl W.  Bullock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Well-researched and brimming with intrigue, Bullock's comprehensive study not only makes the work of scores of musicians sing anew; it also demonstrates how the pendulum of acceptance can swing from era to era."
An encyclopedic look at the lives of formative Western LGBT musicians and performers. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A little harsh here, a little overstated there, but all in all a fascinating, well-researched look at the many ways Americans hoodwink each other, often about race."
Is flimflammery, like jazz, a pure product of America? So wonders New Yorker poetry editor Young (Blues Laws: Selected and Uncollected Poems 1995-2015, 2016, etc.), adding another Americanism to the mix: Jim Crow. 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 >