Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 3)

DYLAN by Dennis McDougal
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"Richly detailed, though the author places Dylan on a higher shelf in the cultural library than history may permit."
The biographer of Lew Wasserman, Jack Nicholson and Otis Chandler returns with a sometimes-scholarly, sometimes-snarky life of the songwriting and singing legend. Read full book review >
AIN'T IT TIME WE SAID GOODBYE by Robert Greenfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 13, 2014

"A book about one of the most interesting eras in the band's history, for those who have never read anything about the Rolling Stones or who need to read everything."
A rock journalist mines the same vein for the third time, parlaying his brief access to the Rolling Stones into a short book that reads more like an annotated magazine article. Read full book review >

VANESSA by Dan Callahan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2014

"Richly detailed account of Redgrave's career, though it's missing the fireworks that some encounters with the author might have ignited."
A freelance critic and author returns with a blend of biography and criticism in his reconstruction of the life of the woman many consider the greatest actress of her time. Read full book review >
GIVE <i>WAR AND PEACE</i> A CHANCE by Andrew D. Kaufman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Kaufman's enticing invitation may well persuade readers to finally dive into one of the world's most acclaimed—and daunting—novels."
At 1,500 pages, with a cast of nearly 600 characters, the book Henry James called a "loose baggy monster" looms as an intimidating project. But Kaufman (Literature/Univ. of Virginia; Understanding Tolstoy, 2011, etc.) thinks reading it is worth the effort: "Times are tough, anxiety and fear are pervasive, and people are searching for answers to questions big and small." Read full book review >
LIFE OF THE PARTY by Bert Kreischer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"The market for this sophomoric book likely consists of men who don't read many others."
Another comedian extends his brand to the printed page. Read full book review >

BRAZIL'S DANCE WITH THE DEVIL by Dave Zirin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 27, 2014

"Millions will enjoy the World Cup and Olympics, but Zirin justly reminds readers of the real human costs beyond the spectacle."
How the real costs to democracy and the body politic that come from hosting a World Cup or Olympics outweigh the temporal joy that such events bring. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"A matter-of-fact epilogue with advice for up-and-coming stars is sensible, but the book's gossipy, annoyed attitude threatens to disenfranchise all but the most cynical fans."
A memoir of the music business from a manager who worked his way up from the mailroom to managing world-class acts. Read full book review >
JET SET by William Stadiem
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 3, 2014

"A disjointed tale of society and its riches, dull and thrilling in about equal portions."
Another tell-all about money, power and the people who wield both, from Vanity Fair contributor Stadiem (co-author: Daughter of the King: Growing Up in Gangland, 2014, etc.). Read full book review >
NOT TO BE MISSED by Kenneth Turan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 3, 2014

"Like most other "my-favorites" projects, this one will surely ignite debate, disdain and delight."
A veteran critic offers a decade-by-decade list of the films that have been like "friends who've enriched my life." Read full book review >
OLIVIER by Philip Ziegler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Despite a lack of revelations, this is probably the best Olivier book for general readers."
Veteran biographer Ziegler (Edward Heath, 2010, etc.) offers a well-rounded portrait of the legendary English actor. Read full book review >
THE OPENING KICKOFF by Dave Revsine
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"An interesting demonstration of how athletics remains today what it was well over 100 years ago: big business."
Big Ten Network lead studio host and former ESPN anchor Revsine explores how the early days of college football were a lot like the climate of the sport today. Read full book review >