Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

RADIOS by Jerome Stern
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Pleasantly diverting observations on passing life, ideal for short-attention-span meditations. (drawings by author, not seen)"
The spoken word translates neatly into the written in this posthumous collection of microessays from National Public Radio commentator Stern (Making Shapely Fiction, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
ANTHEM by Shainee Gabel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A work of modest but real charm. (First printing of 75,000)"
The record of a four-month-long trip around America with a videocamera in 1995, in search of some defining ideas of American purpose and identity, by two young women who make very pleasant company. Read full book review >

THE METAPHYSICS OF STAR TREK by Richard Hanley
NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1997

"Philosophy 101 was never this much fun."
For those who like their philosophy with a twist, Ö la The Tao of Pooh, an intriguing though sometimes too constricted elucidation of some of Star Trek's deeper meanings. Read full book review >
MUSICAL LANGUAGES by Joseph P. Swain
NON-FICTION
Released: July 28, 1997

"Such high-altitude mountain climbing is not for everyone, but this is a landmark expedition in the exploration of the upper reaches of human communication."
A dense, evocative, rewarding journey to the no-man's-land between the realms of music and language. Read full book review >
SPACE IS THE PLACE by John F. Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 1997

"But Szwed also makes a strong case for Sun Ra as creative genius. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The late jazz musician Sun Ra, who claimed to be from Saturn, is vividly and respectfully portrayed and defended against those who thought this self-described jester of the creator was a crackpot. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 24, 1997

"Taormino and Green (publishers of Pucker Up, where some of these pieces first appeared) have included a representative survey, being careful to cover a wide variety of subjects (from some frank discussions of sexuality to hilarious reflections on family and the media) and voices."
A useful anthology of work produced over the past decade in zines written by women, wildly uneven in quality but nonetheless fascinating for the light they cast on the issues, attitudes, and ideas circulating among young women. Read full book review >
IMPERSONATING ELVIS by Leslie Rubinkowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 1997

"This kind of ceaselessly deadpan delicacy, which merely underlines the ridiculousness of the phenomenon without penetrating it, is not nearly response enough."
A study of Elvis Presley impersonators—their habits, habitats, and hangers-on—that provides lots of detail about jumpsuits and sideburns but willfully avoids analyzing why this peculiar species thrives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1997

"A mixed bag of how-to tips and misty memories."
A pedestrian stroll down memory lane from a longtime quail hunter and outdoor writer. Read full book review >
LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1997

"The presence of Armstrong's unique voice turns what might have otherwise been a routine biography into a grand success. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This look at the life of one of this century's great personalities eschews meticulousness in its musical analysis in favor of a complete look at the man himself. Read full book review >
THE MEANING OF STAR TREK by Thomas Richards
NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 1997

"If only he'd boldly dared to go a little further."
For all those Trekkies who—even after repeatedly watching hundreds of episodes of Star Trek and its sequels—still haven't got the show figured out, this book just might do the trick. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Perhaps the sheer fact that this book is being published, and that the story has been covered from so many angles, is proof that the time is ripe for women's professional team sports to be taken seriously. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A flawed look at America's 1996 Olympic-champion women's basketball team. Read full book review >
THE CHIEFTAINS by John Glatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Though he offers little to the uninitiated, Glatt has written an indispensable chronicle for the casual listener, the die-hard fan, and all levels in between. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Among Frank Zappa's last public statements was this: ``U2 is maybe the most popular and successful export coming from Ireland today, but there's no comparison between the musical quality of what they do and what the Chieftains do.'' Glatt ably explains why. 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 >