Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Baseball cognoscenti will find plenty to chew on here. (24 halftones, not seen)"
An astute examination of how baseball emerged as the national pastime by fostering a pastoral mythology that remained unchallenged until the early 1950s. Read full book review >
THE SIBLING SOCIETY by Robert Bly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Urgent, impassioned, with (potentially) wide appeal, but Bly's myth-patterns jar with his newly adopted news-magazine style of statistics and commentary."
Following Iron John's (1990) mythopoetic men's-movement guide, Bly's new jeremiad turns to broader issues of children and parents, excoriating the modern world as an adolescent culture lacking parental supervision. Read full book review >

HONUS WAGNER by Dennis DeValeria
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

"The authors (members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research) divulge little, however, in their hagiography about how Wagner changed the game, or vice versa."
A baseball story too good to be true, written in a style that makes it seem even less probable. Read full book review >
TEENAGERS by Grace Palladino
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 24, 1996

"Replete with statistics, first-person accounts, and extensive footnotes, this is the first social history to follow Beaver and Wally's devolution into Beavis and Butt-Head."
A direct, droll, but disturbing social history of American teenagers and their value in the marketplace. Read full book review >
FRANZ LISZT by Alan Walker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 24, 1996

"Thorough, engaging, if slightly rose-colored account of the composer's later years. (15 b&w illustrations)"
Third and final hefty volume on the larger-than-life Romantic composer/pianist (preceded by Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 18111848, 1983, and Franz Liszt: The Weimar Years, 18481861, 1989). Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 23, 1996

"Students of the Information Age will find little new here, but Winograd and Buffa still offer useful points for debate."
When the machines of the information society take over, will the old political machine throw a rod? Read full book review >
BRAM STOKER by Barbara Belford
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 10, 1996

"Belford doesn't manage an answer. (87 photos and illustrations)"
A very, well, anemic account of the life of the man who wrote the ultimate vampire tale, from the biographer of Edwardian novelist Violet Hunt (1990). Read full book review >
THE RANTS by Dennis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 1996

Talk show host Miller (as in HBO's Dennis Miller Live) reconnoiters the sorry state of the nation with a gathering of raving, raging monologues. ``Now,'' he usually starts, ``I don't want to get off on a rant here,'' whereupon the sage of cable TV walks the walk and talks the talk. Read full book review >
WHEN WE WERE GOOD by Robert S. Cantwell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"An odd hodgepodge, which will be of interest primarily to the academic folklore community. (17 b&w photos)"
Jargon-rich but provocative study of the folk-music craze of the '60s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"A nearly edible travelogue—smooth as mousse, full of savory tidbits, and memorable."
In this thoroughly entertaining travel narrative, Clarke (Pearl Harbor Ghosts: A Journey to Hawaii Then and Now, 1991, etc.) takes the measure of the San Andreas fault, that 750-mile scar running head to foot through California, and finds residing along the crack a sideshow's worth of oddballs, shysters, and ugly memories. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"We never get a good feel for Marty as a person, but even at arm's length Hemphill manages to engagingly show the ups and downs and the attendant anxieties of a young man in pursuit of a dream."
A year's chronicle of one player's trials and triumphs in baseball's minor leagues. Read full book review >
I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL by George Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Introspection is not the guiding force in this rags-to- excesses story. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The life and times of a hard-livin' good ol' boy. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >