Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1994

"This is strictly for the die-hard fan."
This often rambling and convoluted memoir is Rizzuto's tribute to the 12 men who played with the New York Yankees in each of the team's championship years from 1949 to 1953. Read full book review >
THE VERDI-BOITO CORRESPONDENCE by Marcello Conati
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1994

"A must-have for every music lover's shelf."
Twenty years (1880-1900) of indispensable letters between Italy's greatest opera composer and his last, most accomplished librettist. Read full book review >

APOCALYPSE POSTPONED by Umberto Eco
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1994

"Eco is a true original—substantial, lucid, humane, and a great deal of fun."
Teacher (Semiotics/Univ. of Bologna), editor, cultural commentator, and novelist (Foucault's Pendulum, 1989), Eco offers refreshing commentary on cultural life, primarily in Italy, from the mid-1960s to the late '80s, when intellectuals were especially alarmed by the emergence of a mass or pop culture. Read full book review >
THE CARPENTERS by Ray Coleman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1994

"A dual-celebrity bio that retells well-worn stories."
The emphasis here leans more to Karen than to Richard, the acknowledged brains behind their arrangements. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 13, 1994

"Part journal, part biography and part historical account of an era when the great Adirondack wilderness camps were at their height, Jerome combines outdoor adventure, natural history and personal insight in a satisfying manner."
Nearly a hundred years after a 19th-century writer paddled and portaged 266 miles through the Adirondack wilderness in a nine- foot, ten-and-a-half-pound canoe, writer/editor Jerome, inspired by that very same canoe seen in a museum, makes and records a similar journey. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 1994

"By retaining her mental balance about her subject, Bruck allows the reader to enjoy mental balance as well."
This much ballyhooed book starts out slowly and seems derivative. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 1994

"Though disorganized, occasionally repetitive, its pages afroth with revolting, delightful anecdotes, this book is an informative document and great fun to read."
An insightful look at punk rock's—and his own—beginnings by former Sex Pistols' lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), with some help from enemies and friends. Read full book review >
DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA by Carrie Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1994

"Even admirers of Fisher's many skills will find this as vaporous as an HBO movie you wish you'd never watched."
Again mining Hollywood humor, actress/novelist/screenwriter Fisher's third novel—following Postcards from the Edge (plus screenplay) and Surrender the Pink—finds her still relying on smart talk over plot. Read full book review >
WHEN WOMEN PLAYED HARBALL by Susan E. Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 4, 1994

"This book will be enjoyed not only by the admirers of the All- American Girls Baseball League, but by baseball fans in general."
Several years ago the movie A League of Their Own alerted many Americans for the first time to the existence of the All-American Girls Baseball League, which existed from 1943 to 1954. Read full book review >
CRACKING THE SHOW by Thomas Boswell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Boswell loves and writes about the real game—not the mythology."
Boswell, syndicated sports columnist for the Washington Post, does not, thankfully, peddle maudlin nostalgia for Willie, Mickey, and the Duke or ponder the exploits of the stork-legged Babe. Read full book review >
SKYLINE by Tim Keown
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"15), a look at baseball in the Chicago projects."
Sportswriter Keown's offers a proficient chronicle of the 1992-1993 basketball season at Oakland's Skyline High School, a place so prone to violence that there are no proms or dances, fans and gangs attack players, and ``every game is a retribution.'' Hired just two weeks before the season, even Shawn Donlea saw his first head coaching job as hardly a dream come true. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Of value to poets as well as anthropologists, the book also holds universal appeal through the compelling way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, illuminating humanity's cycle of dark, wintry dreams and hopes of plenty in the spring."
In this gripping study of the Alaskan Inuit people, British poet Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) seasonal rituals and each year's culmination—the spring hunt for the bowhead whale. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >