Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"While Kahn covers a lot of well-trampled ground here, he does so with an elegant authority that—without false sentiment or excessive nostalgia—puts certain of the diamond game's good old days in clear and compelling perspective. (Photographs—not seen)"
An agreeably digressive and anecdotal trip, with a perceptive guide, down a remarkable span in baseball's memory lane. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

Actually, on the evidence here, Krassner—founder/editor of The Realist and the most outrageous cultural critic of his era—no longer raves now that he's in his 60s. Read full book review >

VIVALDI by H.C. Robbins Landon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"No fluff—just the facts and an invitation to explore the music. (Thirty illustrations)"
Short in length but long on scholarship, a ``life and works'' of the 18th-century Venetian master that belongs on the shelf of every serious music student. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Brilliantly written. (Includes a select discography, filmography, and videography)"
Essential biographical guide to composer/bandleader Duke Ellington's music, analyzing its development year by year with sidebar essays on the best recordings. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE HELMET by Peter King
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A bit uneven, but fun for those who love the game."
What goes into the ``X's'' and ``O's''—the art and the science—of football? Read full book review >

I'M STILL SCRAMBLING by Randall Cunningham
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"While Cunningham seemingly tries to respond to his critics here, not sidestepping the tough questions, his answers ring a little hollow and self-serving, even for a sports memoir."
In a candid if once-over-lightly effort, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Cunningham tells his side of the story of the firing of coach Buddy Ryan, the controversy over Cunningham's replacement by Jim McMahon, Cunningham's volatile relationship with his teammates, and his record-setting performances on the field. Read full book review >
GIFFORD by Frank Gifford
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Like the man himself, this long-awaited memoir by football Hall-of-Famer and broadcaster Gifford is a measured, straightforward, good-natured piece of work. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A clever, disciplined, and resourceful reading of the commonplace: a pioneering study that, though somewhat academic, will no doubt influence more popular studies. (Eight halftones, eight line drawings)"
To this original and erudite study, Lott (American Studies/University of Virginia) brings a mass of obscure information and a multidisciplinary approach, interpreting the meaning of black-face minstrelsy to the white working classes who invented and performed it. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A winner for sure, but less blindly battered and pain-ridden than Art Linson's arias in A Pound of Flesh (reviewed above)."
Hypnotically frank, though not for the ages, the memoirs of movie producer Steel; or, Horatio Alger Walks through Lions in Darkest Hollywood—and gets killed but not eaten. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Intimate story of Harry, Jack, Albert, and Sam Warner and how they rose from immigrant rags to Hollywood riches by founding the Warner Brothers Studio—as told by Harry's granddaughter and family archivist Sperling, who spent 11 years researching, aided by Millner and with contributions by Jack Warner Jr., Ronald Reagan, and others. Read full book review >
JAZZ by James Lincoln Collier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Bound to blow fresh winds through the jazz academy—and to please those interested in watching the feathers fly."
Ten philosophical essays on issues in jazz scholarship from jazz-historian and children's author Collier (author of controversial biographies of Armstrong, Ellington, and Goodman, among other works). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >