Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 7)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Griffin bites off a huge story but manages to maintain lively interest in the array of personalities involved."
A quirky, thoroughly enjoyable trek through the implausible beginnings of international table tennis and the colorful characters-cum-diplomats behind it. Read full book review >
SPIRIT RISING by Angélique Kidjo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Warm, lively and compassionate."
A Grammy Award-winning Beninese singer/songwriter's heartfelt memoir, co-authored by Wenrick, about her life as a musician and human rights activist. Read full book review >

A Woman's Tale of Golf by Frances X. Paulo Huber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 28, 2013

"A well-laid sense of humor brings this golfing journey alive."
Huber's account, in collaboration with PGA pro Frank Lee, of her comical attempts to master a sport that "epitomized absurdity." Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"A fun, revealing exploration of a new way to view the past."
The story of a remarkable scientific tool that uses big data sets to examine cultural trends in human history. Read full book review >
PHIL JACKSON by Peter Richmond
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 26, 2013

"The book would have been more engaging as an oral history, weaving together stories and observations from Jackson's colleagues, teammates and friends. The narrative ends with the author no closer to validating his premise that Jackson's "Zen thing" has been the key to his success."
Richmond (Badasses: The Legend of Snake, Foo, Dr. Death, and John Madden's Oakland Raiders, 2010, etc.) examines how the legendary coach's search for spiritual truths may have served as the blueprint for his future coaching success. Read full book review >

BEETHOVEN by John Suchet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Kudos to the author for this deeply moving, outstanding biography."
A comprehensive, moving biography of arguably the world's greatest and most well-known composer, Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A zesty, energetic history, not only of a building, but of more than a century of American culture."
A revealing biography of the fabled Manhattan hotel, in which generations of artists and writers found a haven. Read full book review >
THE KID by Ben Bradlee Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An outstanding addition to the literature of baseball."
Sprawling, entertaining life of the baseball great, renowned as a sports hero while leading a life as checkered as Babe Ruth's or Ty Cobb's. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"Skillful spadework on the underpinnings of a thriving Internet community."
An examination of social media and how it has transformed interactive online communication. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Banality clutches the text tightly, too rarely releasing its wings."
An Oscar-winning actress from a celebrated entertainment family recalls her peripatetic childhood and adolescence, her various awakenings and epiphanies. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Both self-proclaimed geeks and the sports-averse can appreciate this "gridiron version of the scientific method.""
Journalist St. John (Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument, 2005, etc.) and former Yale engineering professor Ramirez (Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, 2013) use scientific principles to give a greater understanding of the spectacle of competitive violence that is American professional football. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A sad tale of tragedy and investigatory enigmas from the wilds of Soviet Union."
An American documentary filmmaker drops into the well of one of Soviet Russia's greatest mysteries. Read full book review >