Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 8)

YOU HERD ME! by Colin Cowherd
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"Provocative and amusing takes on the passing sports parade."
ESPN Radio host Cowherd sounds off on a variety of sports topics. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 18, 2013

"Katherine Mansfield once wrote to a friend, "This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment." Garfield provides a fond, lovely reflection on the essence of that sentiment."
A tribute to writing personal letters, courtesy of the widely curious Garfield (On the Map: A Mind-Expanding Exploration of the Way the World Looks, 2012, etc.). Read full book review >

WILLIN' by Ben Fong-Torres
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"Those who are already fans will appreciate the few revelations here."
An eclectic Los Angeles rock band of the 1970s that deserved a much larger following isn't likely to reach one through this serviceable biography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"A compelling examination of the effects of sudden fame on mentally fragile artists."
In his latest pop-cultural study, Sounes (Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney, 2011, etc.) offers a stern corrective to the adage that it's better to burn out than to fade away. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"For metal heads and most fans of hard rock."
First half of a projected two-part biography of the metal masters of the universe. Read full book review >

JOHNNY MERCER by Glenn T. Eskew
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"An important subject that deserves a more accessible treatment."
A painstakingly researched biography of Johnny Mercer (1909-1976), one of the great songwriters of the classic era of American popular music. Read full book review >
RESPECT YOURSELF by Robert Gordon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Deep cultural and social history enlivened by a cast of colorful characters."
A spellbinding history of one of the most prolific hit-making independent record companies in the history of American music. Read full book review >
AC/DC by Mick Wall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Like most of Wall's books, this one will be best appreciated by devotees of the band, which, given the fact that AC/DC has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, is quite a large audience."
Comprehensive, albeit indirect, retelling of how an unlikely collection of lads road the highway to hell straight into the upper echelons of rock's pantheon of gods. Read full book review >
A LIFE OF BARBARA STANWYCK by Victoria Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Despite its overreach, this is an ambitious portrait of a young actress whose best films are still ahead of her—a first volume that should whet readers' appetite for the second, provided they have the stamina to stay with it."
The toughest broad in Hollywood gets the Robert Caro treatment. Read full book review >
THE FAT LADY SANG by Robert Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Self-aggrandizing, self-promotional, self-satisfied: Evans has produced a quintessential Hollywood memoir."
The notorious kid is still in the picture. Read full book review >
UNDISPUTED TRUTH by Mike Tyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"At this rate, Tyson may write a multivolume memoir as he continues to struggle and survive."
An exhaustive—and exhausting—chronicle of the champ's boxing career and disastrous life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Those most interested in the book's minutiae will be rabid fans who already know much of it."
A well-researched book by an author who has devoted decades to writing about the Beatles, but their breakthrough American hit can't bear the symbolic weight of the subtitle. Read full book review >