Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

An inspiring if static firsthand account of a celebrated baseball career, coauthored by Riley, an authority on the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
REMOTE by David Shields
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"A winning combination of humor and insight—Seinlanguage for highbrows. (57 photos)"
Poised at the intersection of cultural commentary and self-analysis, fiction writer Shields (A Handbook for Drowning, 1992, etc.) creates an idiosyncratic, droll, sporadically ravishing assemblage that both investigates and replicates the fragmented, irony-poisoned, celebrity-obsessed consciousness of fin-de-siäcle America. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 25, 1996

"While the specialized nature of the material will probably limit its general appeal, this book should be required reading for all would-be filmmakers."
An insider's nuts-and-bolts dissection of the gritty machinery of independent film financing and distribution. Read full book review >
TIME PRESENT, TIME PAST by Bill Bradley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 1996

"However limited that category of officeholders may be, this memoir proves that it includes Bill Bradley. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
Highlights of the New Jersey Democratic senator and former professional athlete's life, thoughts, and accomplishments. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"Neuman's book is interesting as a historical review but superficial as political analysis because of its failure to consider fundamental questions of the relationship of the media to society. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Neuman, foreign editor of USA Today, claims to debunk myths about the power of technology to shape world events. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

"Until a more astute overview comes along, She Bop—whose title comes from a song about masturbation—makes for an unsatisfying stopgap. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An overambitious and underwrought attempt to explain the context, obstacles, and achievements of every woman ever to have a career in pop music. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

"Like advertising's favorite medium, TV, Adcult rivets attention powerfully, even brilliantly, but edifies little. (181 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A virtuosic survey of advertising in America, this book is a romp through the land where you (and your wallet) are the most desirable, sought-after creature in the world. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"A model Hollywood biography: cogent, to the point, candid, briskly written, and never dull."
This first book by Los Angeles Times correspondent Herman is an exhaustively complete biography of Wyler, director of such acclaimed films as Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights, Jezebel, and The Letter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 1996

"An American epic, if not exactly an American Beauty. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Interesting drugged-out memories from the original manager of the infamous hippie rock group. Read full book review >
BUT BEAUTIFUL by Geoff Dyer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A false note in the history of jazz criticism."
A curious combination of fiction and criticism celebrating primarily the great jazz musicians of the '50s. Read full book review >
ORSON WELLES by Simon Callow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It will be a hard, fidgety wait for the second volume. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superbly wrought, aesthetically and psychologically acute portrait of Welles's sheer, undisciplined genius. Read full book review >
IT'S ABOUT TIME by Fred M. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good primer for the reader interested in Brubeck, his music, and his times. (49 illustrations, not seen)"
Idolatrous biography of famed jazz-pop pianist/composer/bandleader Brubeck, with analysis of his recordings and compositions. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >