Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 4)

HERE WE ARE NOW by Charles R. Cross
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A perfunctory accounting that reads like a stretched-out Sunday supplement article."
Routine assessment of Kurt Cobain's cultural influence. Read full book review >
PLEASE BE WITH ME by Galadrielle Allman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"This is more of a love letter than "Daddy Dearest" but also more about a flawed human being than about a band that has persevered for decades after its founder's death."
The author tries to connect with the famous father she never knew in an account that is most illuminating when she's telling her story and that of her mother. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 18, 2014

"An interesting take on the Pythons, but it might have trouble finding an audience, as it doesn't offer anything truly new to hard-core Pythonites, and newbies may gravitate toward one of the many quality Python bios."
And now for something completely different about something completely different. Read full book review >
PETE ROSE by Kostya Kennedy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A remarkable book about a fascinating, vexing figure."
A reflection on the meaning of legendary baseball player Pete Rose. Read full book review >
YOU MUST REMEMBER THIS by Robert J. Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 11, 2014

"A diverting ancillary note to heavier biographies."
The star of such films and TV shows as A Kiss Before Dying and It Takes a Thief revisits the architecture, fashion, restaurants and pastimes of Hollywood's golden age through anecdotes and personal memories. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Pearlman ably demonstrates how deeply flawed human beings can nonetheless create a near-flawless beauty on the court."
The sports-journalist author of Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton (2011) returns with a tough-love look at the NBA team that won five championships in the 1980s. Read full book review >
BROOKS by Doug Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Nice guys do not always finish last, but they also do not necessarily make the most compelling subjects for biography."
Wilson (The Bird: The Life and Legacy of Mark Fidrych, 2013) delivers a pedestrian treatment of an impressive baseball player and admirable man. Read full book review >
HIS OWNSELF by Dan Jenkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A good book for the reactionary on your gift list."
Acclaimed sportswriter and best-selling novelist Jenkins (The Franchise Babe, 2008) writes about golf, his upbringing and how "everything was better in the '30s." Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Moving from jazz to the late Moroccan pop star Salim Halali, Aidi's wide-ranging, dense work persuades by its passionate accretion of detail."
A multilayered story of the mobilization of Muslim youth through music rather than militancy. Read full book review >
TURNING THE BLACK SOX WHITE by Tim Hornbaker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"The history of baseball might be far different without Comiskey's role in it. This serviceable biography ensures that his role will not be forgotten."
An attempt to restore the reputation of one of professional baseball's seminal figures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"House doesn't take himself, country music or his book too seriously. Pass."
A veteran country broadcaster mixes memoir with anecdotes and corny jokes. Read full book review >
HA! by Scott Weems
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

Books analyzing humor are an extensive genre and invariably humorless. Despite a generous selection of jokes, few readers will laugh their way through this latest effort, but they will not be bored as neuroscientist Weems eschews philosophy in favor of hard science. Read full book review >