Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews

THERE GOES GRAVITY by Lisa Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"A backstage pass to the greatest circus of the 20th century."
A lifetime of memories from classic rock's heyday by one of the finest rock journalists of her generation. Read full book review >
THE SELECTED LETTERS OF ELIA KAZAN by Albert J. Devlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"An impressive work of scholarship, this collection offers a sweeping look at 60 years of American popular culture and an intimate portrait of one complex man whirling at its center."
An engrossing collection chronicles the acclaimed director's life and work. Read full book review >

EVERYBODY'S GOT SOMETHING by Robin Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 22, 2014

"At-times inspirational memoir about a journalist's battle with a grave disease she had to face while also dealing with her mother's passing."
With the assistance of Chambers (co-author; Yes, Chef, 2012, etc.), broadcaster Roberts (From the Heart: Eight Rules to Live By, 2008) chronicles her struggles with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare condition that affects blood and bone marrow. Read full book review >
THE LOST ART OF DRESS by Linda Przybyszewski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 29, 2014

"Przybyszewski's fashion history shines a much-needed spotlight on a contingent of forgotten professionals and the role they played in dressing American women with style."
Historian and prizewinning dressmaker Przybyszewski (History/Univ. of Notre Dame; The Republic According to John Marshall Harlan, 1999, etc.) recounts the social history of a group of talented women, the "Dress Doctors," who once instructed young American women in the art of dress. Read full book review >
I NEVER MET A STORY I DIDN'T LIKE by Todd Snider
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"A memoir that's a lot like being at a very long Snider show, without the melodies."
A rambling memoir of life as a troubadour. Read full book review >

HERE COMES EVERYBODY by James Fearnley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"Anyone who survived The Pogues deserves one last drink after the war."
A founding musician in one of Ireland's most raucous, poetic and punk bands remembers the highs, lows and plateaus of the golden age of combat rock. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 2014

"A feel-good American success story recounted with candor, heart and attitude."
With the assistance of Moore, the founders of Juicy Couture chronicle their real-life fairy tale in a "part memoir, part how-to-manual and part fashion industry field guide." Read full book review >
THE KEILLOR READER by Garrison Keillor
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2014

"Keillor's moments of contemplation have produced some of the finest essays in this lovely collection."
Melancholy and joy infuse Keillor's (O, What a Luxury: Verses Lyrical, Vulgar, Pathetic and Profound, 2013, etc.) latest collection. Read full book review >
INTO THE WOODS by John Yorke
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2014

"Aristotle, Hegel and Chris Rock all have something to contribute to Yorke's overarching thesis: Attention to structure is essential in all narrative forms."
Former BBC Drama head Yorke, now director of an independent production company and founder of the BBC Writers Academy, distills his experience in film and TV in this concise guide for aspiring screenwriters. Read full book review >
THE HOOPS WHISPERER by Idan Ravin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 5, 2014

"A sports book that will motivate readers to live a purposeful, authentic life."
An unlikely inspirational book by the trainer for the NBA's biggest stars. Read full book review >
BLACK AND WHITE by Richard Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"Upfront and unapologetic."
A tennis coach's up-by-the-bootstraps memoir about his life and the impact his upbringing had in shaping his tennis superstar daughters Venus and Serena Williams. The book was co-authored by Davis (The Woman Who Can't Forget, 2009, etc.). Read full book review >
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 >