Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

YVES SAINT LAURENT by Alice Rawsthorn
Released: Jan. 7, 1997

"A frustrating and dispassionate study of an enigmatic figure and his glamorous and decadent milieu. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A soft but thorough take on the life and legacy of the neurotic, brilliant designer. Read full book review >
RADIO ON by Sarah Vowell
Released: Jan. 2, 1997

"Unfortunately, one of those rare books in which subject and author are in near-perfect harmony."
Be ready to hit the scan button repeatedly with this wildly uneven, day-by-day-by-day diary of a year—1995—spent listening to the radio. Read full book review >

A PLACE IN NORMANDY by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Kilmer's gentrified-hippy sensibility, at first rather engaging, grows thin long before the narrative winds down. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Quaint, quirky, leisurely, and often confiningly parochial, this is a paean to the rambling farmhouse in Normandy that's been in his family since 1920 and that Kilmer can't resist trying to restore to habitability. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

A collection of previously published profiles and essays by the feminist film critic (From Reverence to Rape, 1974, etc.) that offer offbeat, compelling approaches and keen observations but leave the reader yearning for more argument. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This is one of those rare books that elevates the usual bureaucratic drudgery of corporate America to an almost Shakespearean level of characterization, passion, and drama. (Author tour)"
What Tracy Kidder did for computers, Brinkley now does for television, in this masterful chronicle of the flips, foibles, and frenzy that characterized the nearly decade-long race to develop high definition television (HDTV). Read full book review >

STANLEY KUBRICK by Vincent LoBrutto
Released: Dec. 30, 1996

"A brave, and often successful, attempt to chronicle the life of a filmmaker famous for his noncooperation with chroniclers."
American cinema's least Hollywood-like director never quite emerges from the shadows in this biography, but many useful career details do. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 20, 1996

"But many will probably put it right back down. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Jimmy Buffett, the author of pop music hits such as ``Margaritaville,'' chose wisely when he refused to authorize this rambling biography. Read full book review >
THE SEASON by Tom Kelly
Released: Dec. 16, 1996

"A genuine love song to outdoorsmanship as sharp-eyed, bawdy, and unbridled as a gobbler in full strut."
An Alabama woodsman looks back at a lifetime of turkey hunting, refracted through the lens of his most recent season, and he likes what he sees. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Steinberg does have a few shrewd perceptions, some of them original, and if he'd written in Hawaiian—with its twelve-letter alphabet—they might have been enough to flesh out a satisfying rant."
``A'' is for ``Arbitrary'' in this abecedarian agglomeration of 26 (A to Z) occasionally amusing attacks on assorted aggravations. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"One cannot help but be moved by this alternately funny and sad, beautifully written elegy to a man and a game."
A journalist's touching memoir of his father's dying months, during which the two men reflected at length on life, death, and golf. Read full book review >
PIGSKIN by Robert W. Peterson
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Peterson reconstructs this colorful aspect of America's sporting past accurately and with great immediacy."
An accomplished sports historian traces pro football's metamorphosis from a regional curiosity into a national obsession. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 25, 1996

"One might quibble with some of his choices of specific pieces, and there ought to be more than one entry from Lees, but this is a good introductory collection for the beginning jazz reader, and for the real aficionado, a nice smorgasbord to be dipped into at leisure. (Author tour)"
Jazz, like baseball, is an American cultural phenomenon and, like its sporting counterpart, has inspired a wealth of great writing. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >