Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 5)

UGANDA BE KIDDING ME by Chelsea Handler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"Fans of Handler's outrageous persona will find much to enjoy; the unconverted will remain so."
Further globe-trotting adventures of the scandalous talk show host. Read full book review >
LIFE IN MOTION by Misty Copeland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Interesting but self-congratulatory reading."
A celebrated African-American ballet dancer's account of her unlikely rise to stardom. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 2014

"An insider investigation into the ways in which Hollywood is changing that will certainly prove invaluable in the coming years."
A yearlong chronicle of 2012's major films—from Sundance to Oscar night—highlighting the many challenges currently dogging the industry. Read full book review >
CYCLE OF LIES by Juliet Macur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Solid sports journalism, though perhaps in the service of an unworthy cause—and, cautionary tale aside, you can bet the chemists are working on something new for the next generation of racers to take."
The definitive—well, until the next exposé comes along—account of cycling champion and charlatan Lance Armstrong's well-oiled career and its sordid collapse. Read full book review >
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 >