Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

SHINING STAR by Philip Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An energetic memoir about a complex individual and his music."
Earth, Wind & Fire lead singer Bailey recounts his groovy life at the center of one of the most influential bands ever to don gold lamé capes and platform boots. Read full book review >
PLAYERS FIRST by John Calipari
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 15, 2014

"No backboard-shattering revelations but a candid look at what it takes to remain at the top of the college basketball heap."
With the assistance of Sokolove (Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater, 2013, etc.), University of Kentucky basketball coach Calipari (Bounce Back, 2009, etc.) lays out his coaching philosophy as it applies to his current position as head of college basketball's most storied program. Read full book review >

RUNNING AWAY by Robert Andrew Powell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A brutally honest emotional odyssey."
A memoir about a middle-aged journalist who decided that running in his father's footsteps was his best shot at resurrection. Read full book review >
HERE COMES THE NIGHT by Joel Selvin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A fascinating time capsule of a free-wheeling era in American music and society."
A thrilling story of a little-known songwriter and record producer of some of the greatest rhythm and blues hits. Read full book review >
A BROKEN HALLELUJAH by Liel Leibovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"It's a tall order to follow up what is, in effect, a definitive work, but Leibovitz delivers a different sort of biography that Cohen fanatics should appreciate."
A slightly different look at rock royalty. Read full book review >

THE LITTLE GIRL WHO FOUGHT THE GREAT DEPRESSION by John F. Kasson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2014

"Informative and well-researched, Kasson's work offers insight into one of Hollywood's most beloved entertainers, as well as the fascinating connection between politics and entertainment."
A cultural historian examines how the films of Shirley Temple (1928–2014) worked in tandem with New Deal politics to help Americans overcome the Great Depression. Read full book review >
I DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU KNOW ME FROM by Judy Greer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers will wish Greer was their conspiratorial best friend."
A memoir by a rare breed of Hollywood actress: happy, well-adjusted and working. Read full book review >
JAMES GANDOLFINI by Dan Bischoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Not the last word but an earnest, endearing homage to an outstanding actor."
A bittersweet biography of an intensely private artist. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 8, 2014

"A comprehensive, illuminating and highly readable study of a notorious episode in the annals of the American justice system."
Vanity Fair contributing editor and Duke University alumnus Cohan (Money and Power: How Goldman Sachs Came to Rule the World, 2011) turns a microscopic lens on the 2006 scandal involving an alleged rape by members of the school's lacrosse team. Read full book review >
LOVE LIFE by Rob Lowe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A savvy writer with a quick wit, Lowe invites readers into his world with easy charm and disarming frankness."
Actor Lowe follows up his Stories I Only Tell My Friends (2011) with a potpourri of observations and reflections about youthful indiscretions, celebrity tidbits, marriage and fatherhood, addiction and the acting life. Read full book review >
CREATIVITY, INC. by Ed Catmull
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An immensely readable and rewarding book that will challenge and inspire readers to make their workplaces hotbeds of creativity."
The president of Pixar Animation Studios describes the making of the creative culture that has produced Toy Story, Finding Nemo and other award-winning movies. Read full book review >
IN MY SKIN by Brittney Griner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Though averagely written, Griner delivers an important message, particularly for young adults, about embracing your uniqueness."
The growing pains of a gay student athlete. Read full book review >