Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 3, 2014

"As riveting and revealing as a film by an Oscar winner."
Entertainment Weekly writer Harris (Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood, 2008) returns with a comprehensive, cleareyed look at the careers of five legendary directors who put their Hollywood lives on freeze-frame while they went off to fight in the only ways they knew how. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2014

"Astute and bursting with information—an entertaining treat for sitcom fans and a valuable contribution to TV history."
Sitcoms reveal America's changing reality, writes the author in this enthusiastic overview of an enduring genre. Read full book review >

AMERICAN CORNBALL by Christopher Miller
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A good-natured, entertaining read. It doesn't make Family Circus any funnier, but it explains good bits of Blondie and Snuffy Smith."
An alphabetical history of "things that used to make Americans laugh." Read full book review >
WHERE NOBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME by John Feinstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2014

"A kaleidoscopic insiders' story of baseball as played by the Durham Bulls, Buffalo Bisons, Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Norfolk Tides and others like them."
One of the doyens of the sportswriting world takes on the national pastime with a frenetic road trip to minor league clubhouses and fields where true baseball is played. Read full book review >
WORDS WILL BREAK CEMENT by Masha Gessen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"An uneven but revelatory introduction to the story, though certainly not the last word."
A Russian-American journalist faces considerable challenges in telling the story of a punk band that most know only by its notorious name. Read full book review >

BIGGER THAN THE GAME by Dirk Hayhurst
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"A flawed yet unique, personal story of an athlete's anguish at the end of his career."
A revealing yet occasionally tedious, seasonlong account of a major league pitcher on the outs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A spunky and heartfelt memoir."
A celebrated Puerto Rican actress's memoir about how she found success despite growing up in unstable and often abusive environments. Read full book review >
MFA VS NYC by Chad Harbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"Essential insights, masterfully assembled, on the precarious state of American publishing."
A cast of literary professionals offers an entertaining bounty of experience, opinions and advice. Read full book review >
DANCING THROUGH IT by Jenifer Ringer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Told with modesty and humility, Ringer's memoir exposes the unrelenting rigor of a dancer's life and the passion and exhilaration of dance itself."
Faith buoys one dancer's life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

Compellingly told story of the making and cultural effect of the 1976 Hollywood satire of the TV industry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A vigorous, fully fleshed biography of an important contributor to American culture."
A significant reappraisal of a cultural icon and crucial booster of modern artists, especially African-American artists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"The author doesn't pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive."
"I have viewed everything with the eyes and ears of a journalist but the heart and soul of a fan," writes Guitar World senior writer Paul (Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing, 2011), who spent decades and hundreds of interviews earning the trust of musicians who didn't always trust each other. Read full book review >