Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 2)

THE NOBLE HUSTLE by Colson Whitehead
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 6, 2014

"A minor work by a major novelist, a busman's holiday, but engaging in its color and character."
An assignment to compete in the World Series of Poker allows the author to meditate on his identity, failings, writing, appetite for beef jerky and challenge to make the leap from decent house player to high-stakes pro gambler. Read full book review >
STAND UP STRAIGHT AND SING! by Jessye Norman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Has the feel of an enjoyable though somewhat digressive dinner conversation with a good friend—a famous one."
A celebrated performer rehearses her remarkable life, which began in Augusta, Ga., during Jim Crow and has taken her to the greatest concert and opera venues in the world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Nate Silver numbers and James Thurber wit turn what should be a harebrained adventure into a pretty damn endearing one."
Two former Harvard Lampoon writers attempt a road trip of epic logistical proportions: 30 baseball games in 30 stadiums in 30 days. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE HANDS by Corinne Goria
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 6, 2014

"Powerful and revealing testimony to the injustices of manual labor, infused with inspiration for global change."
A compelling message about the plight of labor workers worldwide. Read full book review >
MICHAEL JORDAN by Roland Lazenby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Studded with insights but unnecessarily long—though, given the continued aura of Jordan, likely to sell well."
An exhaustive—and exhausting—biography of the greatest player in NBA history. Read full book review >

ANDRE THE GIANT by Box Brown
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"An achievement that merits a wider readership than just wrestling fans, deserving recognition for the quality of its graphic art."
A labor-of-love tribute, exquisitely rendered, to the larger-than-life wrestling giant. Read full book review >
CANDY AT LAST by Candy Spelling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"For hard-core Spelling (either Aaron or Tori) fans only."
Hollywood memoir 101. Read full book review >
A DIFFICULT PAR by James R. Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2014

"Hansen ably shows us a life filled with unrivaled success and deep end-of-life disappointment."
Hansen (First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong, 2005, etc.) returns with the complicated story of the celebrated golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. (1906-2000). Read full book review >
WILL NOT ATTEND by Adam Resnick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2014

"A neurotic, unapologetic, hilarious collection."
Emmy-winning screenwriter Resnick holds nothing back in this debut of shamelessly personal tales. Read full book review >
THE ARTIST'S LIBRARY by Laura Damon-Moore
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 13, 2014

"This quirky and imaginative book celebrates individuals' potential for creativity and libraries as vital and vibrant community resources."
Librarians Damon-Moore and Batykefer show how libraries are more than just places to shelve books. Read full book review >
SHRINKAGE by Bryan Bishop
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A candid recounting of this funnyman's navigation across cancer's rocky terrain and his trek back to health. Bishop's narrative brings a much-appreciated dose of human warmth to a dark and scary place."
Radio personality Bishop, aka "Bald Bryan" from the Adam Carolla Show podcast, depicts his battle with an inoperable brain tumor. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 13, 2014

"A superficial and unconvincing account that does little to inform readers of the dangers of political reciprocity."
A British journalist examines the long, troubled romance between Hollywood and America's political capital. Read full book review >