Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

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 StoryFinding 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 >
FACE THE MUSIC by Paul Stanley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"An indispensable part of KISStory."
KISS' flamboyant "Starchild" unplugs his high-wattage amps and introduces fans to an even more intriguing character: Stanley Harvey Eisen. Read full book review >

DIRTY DADDY by Bob Saget
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"Some readers may sense the complexity and darkness beneath Saget's comedic stance, yet this memoir remains bubbly and superficial."
Family entertainer and champion of filthy humor aims to track his two divergent voices in his memoir. Read full book review >
FÚTBOL! by Joshua H. Nadel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 7, 2014

"Well-crafted insights about the many ways football reflects and challenges Latin American societies."
On the eve of the World Cup in Brazil comes an investigation of the meaning of fútbol, from Mexico to Cape Horn. Read full book review >
LADY IN THE DARK by Robert Sitton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Film students will enjoy this book; however, to learn criticism, they should read Barry's Let's Go to the Pictures (1926)."
Iris Barry (1895-1969) is one of the main reasons we can still see silent movies of Hollywood, Europe and Russia. Media and culture professor Sitton exhaustively traces Barry's career from aspiring poet to playwright, biographer and film critic. Read full book review >
THE HUMOR CODE by Peter McGraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brave attempt to blend research, memoir and humor, but the result is not always smooth."
A freelance journalist and a professor hop around the globe cracking and waxing wise about humor. Read full book review >
BOURBON by Dane Huckelbridge
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A snappy history of the popular spirit's rise and continued ascent."
A mirthful, erudite appreciation of bourbon and its striking history. Read full book review >
PRANKSTERS by Kembrew McLeod
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"McLeod's renditions of his own pranks bring sparkle and humor to the serious message of his book."
The story of how mischief-makers hope to change the world one prank at a time. Read full book review >
PEDESTRIANISM by Matthew Algeo
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"An entertaining biography, step by step, of a diversion in the earliest days of today's sports industry."
A lively account of America's first major spectator sport, competitive walking, which attracted thousands in its day. Read full book review >