Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Of value to poets as well as anthropologists, the book also holds universal appeal through the compelling way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, illuminating humanity's cycle of dark, wintry dreams and hopes of plenty in the spring."
In this gripping study of the Alaskan Inuit people, British poet Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) seasonal rituals and each year's culmination—the spring hunt for the bowhead whale. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Like a nostalgic shuffle through your old baseball cards. (16 pp b&w photos—not seen)"
The Cleveland Indians have been so bad for the past three decades that even hapless Chicago Cubs fans can take heart. ``At least,'' says Pluto (Loose Balls, 1990; Tall Tales, 1992), the Cubs ``have some almosts and September swoons'' to cherish; the Tribe hasn't been close to a title since 1959. Read full book review >

OBSESSION by Steven Gaines
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"In all: part solid business reporting, part gratuitous heavy breathing. (First printing of 100,000)"
This unauthorized biography is part riveting empire-building chronicle, part tiresome litany of sexcapades. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"If a bit self-serving and understandably incomplete, a solid and readable account of a controversial case."
The Indianapolis special prosecutor who put heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in prison for rape offers a trial recap full of interesting inside details. Read full book review >
DANCES WITH TROUT by John Gierach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Informative and sassy, these well-crafted gems sparkle even in a genre known for quality writing. (Illustrated by Glenn Wolff—not seen)"
The lure of fly-fishing by a delightful essayist who's becoming one of the most popular and respected angling writers in the country. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A huge success."
Delightful history of Gennett Records, its parent the Starr Piano Company of Richmond, Indiana, in the 1920s, and the birth of recorded jazz, by a former business and entertainment reporter for the Cincinnati Post and the Richmond Palladium-Item. Read full book review >
MILE HIGH MADNESS by Bob Kravitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The pedestrian text has eight pages of photos—not seen."
Major league baseball added two franchises (one in Colorado, the other in Florida) to its roster for the 1993 season. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF THE SEINE by Mort Rosenblum
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Alternating romantic and acerbic tones inspire admiration, if not always envy, for a historically revered culture."
A lively insider's look at life on the Seine from seasoned Associated Press correspondent Rosenblum (Who Stole the News?, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Although the book is a useful addition to the growing library of works on the Negro Leagues, Bak clearly had to pad what should have been a series of magazine articles on Stearnes and the Stars with extraneous material, much of which is available elsewhere."
Bak, a Detroit-based journalist (And Cobb Would Have Caught It, not reviewed) has added another chapter to the history of baseball's Negro Leagues with this generally interesting history of black professional baseball in the Motor City between the wars. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 1994

"A pedantic, one-dimensional exercise that in another day would have produced demands for equal time. (More than two-dozen illustrations—not seen.)"
A drab, ax-grinding account of the broadcast industry's formative years in the US. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 21, 1994

"A running, jumping biography that never stands still except for a final interview with Lester, now much more cautious about his projects."
Yule has written better-than-average lives of Al Pacino, Sean Connery, and David Puttnam, among other works; here, Richard Lester only seems a lesser figure until you weigh his full plate of achievements. Read full book review >
THE NAME OF THE GAME by Jerry Gorman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 16, 1994

"An evenhanded reckoning on big-time sport as a business."
Savvy, anecdotal perspectives on the mercenary aspects of professional sport in North America from a pair of Ernst & Young consultants whose clientele encompasses the blue-chip likes of major league baseball's Office of the Commissioner and the NBA. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >