Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"An empowering message for concerned parents. (Author tour)"
Cogent evidence that media violence encourages aggression, desensitization, and pessimism in young people, combined with clear advice to parents on how to protect their children. Read full book review >
FOOLS' NAMES, FOOLS' FACES by Andrew Ferguson
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Flaws aside, this is rarely a dull book, but it is carelessly compiled, and Ferguson spends too much time looking over other writers' shoulders."
A collection of short, somewhat topical, somewhat humorous essays by a self-described ``journalistic hit man.'' From H.L. Mencken to Tom Wolfe to P.J. O'Rourke the right has enjoyed a proud tradition of wickedly acerbic and satirical cultural criticism. Read full book review >

THE EROTIC IN SPORTS by Allen Guttmann
Released: Oct. 3, 1996

"But it's not always clear what Guttmann is arguing for or against. (48 illustrations, not seen)"
A scholarly, often lively if inconclusive treatise that suggests that ``there is an inherent erotic element'' in sports and that we should be candid about it, as were the ancient Greeks. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An intelligent, fair, fascinating portrait of a seminal figure in American ballet. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vigorous, finely balanced reporting job on the late Robert Joffrey and his ever-popular dance company. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES by Geoffrey Douglas
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Worthy of comparison to such classics of sports reporting as David Halberstam's Summer of '49, this book should be a real kick for soccer rooters and nonfans alike."
A timely and authoritative account of the Americans who pulled off one of the sporting world's most stunning upsets by defeating the powerhouse English soccer team in the 1950 World Cup. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An unblinking portrait of Lomax's eccentricities, his outspokenness, and his prejudices—including racism—keep this from dissolving into standard academic fare. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Scholarly biography of a colorful folklorist who was equal parts academic, businessman, and hustler. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A tellingly detailed, often gossipy, and consistently absorbing case study on the largely self-induced eclipse of a commercial paragon, from journalists who know the territory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A fine generation-spanning account of the unhappy fate of Schwinn, a family firm that for the better part of a century bestrode US bicycle business like a colossus. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Sublime, with grassy notes."
A disarmingly limpid telling of days spent training horses for the highest levels of competition, from newcomer Menino. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"And it can be read with zero RAM, too. (Author tour)"
User-friendly Barry, tour guide to the world and elsewhere (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.), takes a crack at cyberspace and comes up with a loony naturalist's guide to computer geekdom. Read full book review >
COACH by Keith Dunnavant
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"It's just as well, because they probably aren't there."
Balanced and intelligent, this is the first biography of the legendary University of Alabama football coach since his death early in 1983, written by a contributor to the Birmingham Post-Herald who interviewed Bryant for his high school paper. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

The man behind the popular documentary Roger and Me and the short-lived series TV Nation takes a stab at authorship—and at every conservative sacred cow available. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

A strained and frequently patronizing evaluation of ideological, rhetorical, and sociological elements in popular music. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >