Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"Though Toad springs a major leak and must be abandoned before reaching its destination, one comes away with the feeling that Nichols has indeed acquitted himself well. (Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection; author tour)"
A little wooden sailboat, a raft of memories, and the wide blue Atlantic carry sailor Nichols from England to Maine, almost, in this earnest, reflective chronicle. Read full book review >
THE RISE AND FALL OF GAY CULTURE by Daniel Harris
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 1997

"An irksome screed that's contemptuous of social progress and creepily nostalgic for the days of public repression and maniacal Judy Garland worship."
A muddled polemic that sprays bile in many directions but hits few of its targets. Read full book review >

TO THE HOOP by Ira Berkow
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 21, 1997

"Touching, inspiring, funny, and never self-indulgent, this is a sporting memoir that will connect with readers on many levels. ($35,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
Using as a backdrop his lifelong devotion to playing basketball, Berkow, a respected New York Times sportswriter, shares his perspectives on life, death, sickness, health, and, of course, the quest for the perfect drive to the hoop. Read full book review >
SECRET MUSES by Julie Kavanagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 1997

"Both Ashton's wiles and his ballets make this irresistible reading. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A slavishly detailed but lightsomely written life of the British ballet-maker. Read full book review >
TOO SOON TO PANIC by Gordon Forbes
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 1997

"Swell reading for the swell set, perhaps, but not for the common folk or the easily offended."
A glossy and literate paean to life on the glamorous pro tennis tour. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1997

"Nonetheless, she does children and harried parents a service by assembling in one volume vivid accounts of the varied political and social forces that are damaging families today."
Return parenting to parents. Read full book review >
TIGER by John Strege
NON-FICTION
Released: May 14, 1997

HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Alain de Botton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1997

"For a painless crib, de Botton's tongue-in-cheek tract beats out Harold Bloom on the Western canon and David Denby on Great Books without even a madeleine break."
For the era of the self-help bestseller, novelist de Botton delivers a witty, entertaining literary appreciation of the author of Remembrance of Things Past. Read full book review >
BRAIN DROPPINGS by George Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 1997

"Carlin succeeds admirably, though not without qualification."
Abounding yuks, chuckles, guffaws, rip-snorts—though few side-splitters—in this free-form compendium of Carlin's comedy stylings. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1997

"Cultural history at its best: illuminating, entertaining, provocative."
A fascinating and challenging work of cultural history that will force readers to rethink the complex relationship between the US and Europe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1997

"But this is the only serious fault in an otherwise fine work of cultural history. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Emerson gives readers a marvelous social and historical context in which to consider 19th-century America's most popular songwriter. Read full book review >
WOMAN THE HUNTER by Mary Zeiss Stange
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1997

"Though the Field & Stream crowd might balk at extended forays into scholarly jargon and feminist theory, Stange grapples head-on with a central philosophical question largely unanswered by sporting literature: Why hunt?"
Mixing autobiographical reflection and scholarly analysis, a woman hunter examines the cultural history of hunting, brilliantly challenging fundamental assumptions about femininity, masculinity, and the relation of humans to the natural world. 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 >