Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

PENNANT RACES by Dave Anderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"There are contemporary photos throughout the consistently absorbing text."
If baseball championships are sprints, the pennant races that lead to divisional playoffs and/or the World Series are marathons during which literally hundreds of little-remembered events or moments can play important roles in determining outcomes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ribowski's first-rate take on the national pastime brings to vivid life what Paige and his contemporaries accomplished on their Jim Crow field of dreams. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unsentimentally revealing biography of the legendary black pitcher, and a history of the catch-as-catch-can Negro leagues where he first flourished. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Fine fare for fans old and young."
Engaging reminiscences from an aging writer for whom the national pastime has been, if not a grand passion, at least a serious preoccupation. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"If his all-star handbook can't make casual fans masters of the game, it could at least enhance their credibility as second-guessers in season and out. (First printing of 40,000)"
An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from a savvy 17-year veteran of the major leagues who remains an ardent fan in retirement. Read full book review >
THE PUCCINI COMPANION by William Weaver
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Lovers of Puccini and Italian opera at every level of interest and knowledge will want this book. (Photographs—not seen)"
Puccini wins the prize for most-maligned great composer. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

Philosophy and history of American background music by pop- culture historian Lanza (Fragile Geometry, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >
PRIDE by Charley Pride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"Filled with wit and grit, an admirable exemplar of the celebrity bio genre."
The first black country music star spins a great life story. Read full book review >
MICK JAGGER by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"Sandford may manage to inch closer to the real Jagger, but only die-hard fans will be caught up in his account."
A sloppily rendered bio of the Rolling Stones' lead singer offers glimpses of a more human Mick Jagger than previously seen, but gets mired in contradictions and the details of the group's long decline. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 1994

"Recommended for students of both sport and society."
A spritely, subtly reasoned consideration of women and sports- -a study that goes beyond the historical record to examine athletics as both a reflection of and a challenge to culturally enforced notions of gender. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"Perhaps too close to the situation, the authors fail to capture what in other hands might have been a unique and inspiring story. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
About one of the NBA's ``bad boys'': an uninspired, sometimes sketchy account of Rodman's relationship with a rural family during his college days in Oklahoma. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"But it hardly matters: he's still one of the game's most interesting personalities. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Hall-of-Fame cager Walton looks back at his injury-ridden college and NBA career. Read full book review >
TURNAROUND by Milos Forman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Milos Forman—and his coauthor, Prague novelist Jan Novak. (B&w photo insert—not seen)"
Warmblooded memoir by Americanized Czech filmmaker Forman, whose world went into turnaround when he decided to leave Communist Prague for capitalist Hollywood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
June 30, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >