Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

THE SAME RIVER TWICE by Alice Walker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"More scrapbook than a solid volume, as the usual Walker themes appear only intermittently between clippings and movie memorabilia."
Like the quilt her character Celie makes in the bestselling novel The Color Purple, Walker has created a patchwork verbal memento of the filming of her novel that will delight fans and movie buffs but is too self-absorbed to be of general interest. Read full book review >
QUENTIN TARANTINO by Jami Bernard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Perhaps Tarantino will one day merit a biography; it certainly won't be this one. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A premature biography, shallow and uninspired. Read full book review >

STEINWAY AND SONS by Richard K. Lieberman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A tidy package for those who want the facts, plus a bit more, on merchant music makers overtaken by events and their own inability to adapt. (70 photos and illustrations, not seen)"
If D.W. Fostle produced a lush Mahler symphony in recounting the rise and fall of the first family of pianos (The Steinway Saga, p. 356), Lieberman, using the same theme of an American dynasty's seasons in the sun, has created a more compact and disciplined concerto for piano and orchestra. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A pleasant, warm book that occasionally suffers from its author's overheated prose."
A poet, storyteller, and professional harpist writes about her life as the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Riordan's biography has few such saving graces. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Despite its title, the aging enfant terrible of America takes few hits from the friendly fire of this overly authorized biography. Read full book review >

HOLDING COURT by Dick Vitale
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"For those who can't get enough of Vitale on TV during college basketball's off season, this book is a slam dunk."
ESPN and ABC's wildly popular and hyperkinetic hoops maven recreates his TV high jinks in this latest roundball manifesto. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICS OF STAR TREK by Lawrence M. Krauss
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"That theme certainly makes it all more user-friendly, but Krauss's brevity will leave readers who don't subscribe to Scientific American a little lost, and those who do without much new to chew on. (photos and illustrations) ($75,000 ad/promo)"
Physicist Krauss (Case Western Reserve Univ.) has tackled the daunting task of explaining the complexities of modern physics to the uninitiated before (Fear of Physics, 1993), with mixed results; here he uses concepts from the super-popular Star Trek television series as a kind of hook to make the lessons a little easier to swallow. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"In the end, the only real monster to be found is the one Rushing and Frentz have so carelessly brought to life. (30 b&w film stills, not seen)"
Iron John goes to Hollywood in this confused and tedious examination of the hunter and the hunted in six modern films: The Manchurian Candidate, The Deer Hunter, Jaws, Blade Runner, and the two Terminators. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF PAUL HINDEMITH by Paul Hindemith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"One of the giants, in his own words."
An engaging selection of correspondences—by turns thoughtful, funny, businesslike, and touching—from one of the century's preeminent musical figures. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"For all the detail she has amassed in her kitchen-sink narrative, moreover, DeGeorge never comes to grips with what makes Wayne run. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
If diligence alone could yield good biography, Business Week correspondent DeGeorge would have produced a blockbuster on high- profile tycoon H. Wayne Huizenga. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"So is her own story, and she tells it here with great style."
Alexander, who has anatomized the lives of Patty Hearst, Jean Harris, and others (Anyone's Daughter, 1979, etc.) now wields her scalpel gently but with precision as she dissects her own family history; what is laid bare is tantalizingly mysterious, profoundly sad, and always riveting. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A thoughtful, instructive survey on what may lie ahead on a winding road that's still under construction."
A down-to-earth guide to the digital revolution (a.k.a. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >