Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

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 >
HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS WITHOUT REALLY CRYING by Carol Leifer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"An amusing, amiable read. Leifer wants you to love what you do and learn to move on from failures and rejections—and please, always shower before a job interview."
Career and life lessons from the would-be president of the "old girls club." Read full book review >
WHY SOCCER MATTERS by Pelé
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"Pelé never fully demonstrates "why soccer matters," but he does provide insight into the world's most popular game through the eyes of its most revered figure."
Soccer's biggest global icon discusses the sport he loves. Read full book review >
ALL FISHERMEN ARE LIARS by John Gierach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Elegiac tribute to the elusive art and ineffable pleasure of fly-fishing, with plenty of information about how it's done by true practitioners."
Passionate angler Gierach (No Shortage of Good Days, 2012, etc.) once again trolls for like-minded readers. Read full book review >
THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA by Nelson George
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2014

"George's in-depth look at a revered TV show is one of those rare music-centric books that will transcend its subject's core fan base. Even those with just a casual interest in Soul Train will be happy to take this trip."
Put on your dancing shoes, and get funky with this romp through the history of a cultural touchstone. Read full book review >