Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 6)

DANCING THROUGH IT by Jenifer Ringer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2014

"Told with modesty and humility, Ringer's memoir exposes the unrelenting rigor of a dancer's life and the passion and exhilaration of dance itself."
Faith buoys one dancer's life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

Compellingly told story of the making and cultural effect of the 1976 Hollywood satire of the TV industry. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A vigorous, fully fleshed biography of an important contributor to American culture."
A significant reappraisal of a cultural icon and crucial booster of modern artists, especially African-American artists. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"The author doesn't pull punches, but all involved should find it fair as well as comprehensive."
"I have viewed everything with the eyes and ears of a journalist but the heart and soul of a fan," writes Guitar World senior writer Paul (Big in China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising a Family, Playing the Blues, and Becoming a Star in Beijing, 2011), who spent decades and hundreds of interviews earning the trust of musicians who didn't always trust each other. Read full book review >
THE NEWS by Alain de Botton
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"How does news shape our thoughts and lives? That's a significant question, but de Botton's musings fall short of a serious response."
Philosophical gadfly de Botton (How to Think More About Sex, 2012, etc.) has ruminated, delightfully and often incisively, on the meaning of status, architecture, travel, Proust, sex, work, religion and love. Now he turns his attention to the news industry. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Sparkling history of an artistically spirited age."
Fun, fascinating examination of the moment when American and British culture seemed to lose all inhibitions. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A bonbon for fans but a legacy better served by more substantive journalism."
Journalist and critic Rowlands (Paris Was Ours, 2011, etc.) delivers a collection of light-as-a-feather remembrances of the Beatles' British invasion. Read full book review >
AMERICAN FUN by John Beckman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"With a novelist's care for detail and storytelling, Beckman offers a remarkably expansive, if flawed, cultural history."
A lively, entertaining history of American fun. Read full book review >
BROOKLYN BOUNCE by Jake Appleman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Hard-core Nets fans—if they exist—might appreciate the behind-the-scenes scoop on their team, but other readers may find the disorganized narrative frustrating."
In his full-length debut, veteran NBA reporter Appleman chronicles the Nets' first season following the franchise's move from New Jersey to Brooklyn. Read full book review >
LOUIS ARMSTRONG, MASTER OF MODERNISM by Thomas Brothers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 3, 2014

"A masterful performance that displays the author's vast archival research, musical knowledge, familiarity with cultural history and profound sensitivity to America's vile racial history."
The author of Louis Armstrong's New Orleans (2006) continues his stellar account of the great trumpeter's life (1901-1971), focusing on the 1920s and '30s. Read full book review >
The Book of Extremely Common Prayer by Nathaniel Whitten
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 31, 2014

"These jokey prayers are likely to resonate beyond the smiles they produce."
A humorist with an ear for social commentary uses the language of prayer to highlight the absurdity of the modern world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"Through it all, the ebullience of Mavis Staples and her music shine through."
A biography that will send readers back to the music of Mavis and the Staple Singers with deepened appreciation and a renewed spirit of discovery. Read full book review >