Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Finally, Alexander and coauthor Cuda (who also coauthored Ice T's The Ice Opinion, not reviewed) will leave some readers wrestling with the idiom of the world they are writing about and in which their narrative is couched. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This memoir of the last year in rapper Tupac Shakur's life tries to give the inside story but is hampered by the writers— falling into the very trap they set out to disarm. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

Jasen, an accomplished ragtime pianist and historian (Rags and Ragtime, 1978) and Jones, an actor and amateur jazz historian, offer an entertaining and thoughtful history of great but neglected African-American tunesmiths from the vaudeville and early jazz eras. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"No paean to CBS, this brings some sense to the creation of a monster and restores some noble prestige to a medium that has all but lost it."
A gee-whiz celebration of the 1950s communications revolution that in the end manages to inspire awe for the time when public affairs mattered and people cared. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Should appeal to serious students of modern culture, along with sci-fi movie fans."
A remarkably detailed survey of a much-neglected cultural icon by a leading historian of horror films (Dark Carnival, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Except for a distasteful postmortem attack here on Frank Zappa, Penman lives up to his surname—and to the achievements of like-minded critics such as Greil Marcus and Robert Palmer."
A collection of essays—his first—by one of England's hot cultural critics. Read full book review >

RIVERS OF THE HEART by Steve Raymond
NON-FICTION
Released: July 17, 1998

"And it doesn't hurt that he can turn a decent phrase."
Dry, intelligent recollections of a fly-fishing life, from Raymond (Steelhead Country, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1998

"The story's moral: Genius is seldom solitary and is usually in need of money. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An unrevealing, workmanlike biography of Walt Disney's older brother, Roy, the financial brains behind Disney's success. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 10, 1998

"Serious country-music fans will love it. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
From Hank Williams to Slim Whitman to Johnny Cash to the one and only Elvis, this recollection of country music greats is a real foot-stompin— treat. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 8, 1998

"Some engaging and provocative bluster from a man who calls ‘em as he sees ‘em, in life, in the ring, and in the courtroom."
Known to non-boxing fans as the fight official who witnessed Mike Tyson make a meal of Evander Holyfield's ear, Lane has also made quite an impression outside the squared circle as a pugilistic district judge in that law-and-order mecca, Nevada. Read full book review >
SPLIT by Lisa Michaels
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 6, 1998

"A decent autobiography, but a good—sometimes excellent—essay that reflects the counterculture less by the happenings it describes than by the intensity and honesty with which it is written."
A memoir about growing up as the daughter of a radical father and a hippie mother—but mostly just about growing up. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 1998

"Readers familiar with Queenan's labored oeuvre will understand this feeling all too well. (Author tour)"
A slim, one-joke stab at pop-cult criticism from journeyman humorist Queenan (The Unkindest Cut, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1998

"An exemplary piece of reporting and writing, transcending sports to give us a somber view of America's crumbling cities."
This first book by a pair of veterans of Sports Illustrated is a highly intelligent look at the colorful world of playground hoops and, with it, the ghettos that support the game. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >