Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 290)

ONLY IN AMERICA by Jack Newfield
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"What emerges from this study is a solid, factual, and uncommonly entertaining profile of boxing's reigning scumbucket. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
A two-fisted, no-punches-pulled exposÇ of boxing promoter Don King. Read full book review >
IRON MAN by Harvey Rosenfeld
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Too bad an Iron Man inspired such leaden prose."
Timed to come out just as he breaks the fabled Gehrig streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, this is the first adult bio of Cal Ripken Jr., written by freelancer Rosenfeld (Roger Maris: A Title to Fame, not reviewed). Read full book review >

PAST IMPERFECT by Mark C. Carnes
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"A remarkable resource. (400 b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; History Book Club main selection)"
A boffo collection of 60 brief essays detailing the historical accuracy of popular movies from Jurassic Park to Gone With the Wind to All the President's Men. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 6, 1995

"Empowerment aficionados will be happily sated; the rest of us can find pleasure snacking on the adventure. (one map, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumnavigation of Lake Superior by kayak becomes an occasion to get past some of life's knotty problems for nature writer and lecturer Linnea, an adventure retold here in the sometimes awkward but always frank language of self-empowerment. Read full book review >
LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Ilene Beckerman
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"You might want to look at the clothes and make up your own story as you go alongsort of like playing with Barbie. (First printing of 40,000; first serial to the New York Times Magazine)"
Advertising executive Beckerman remembers things past not by way of biting into a madeleine but by way of the clothes she was wearing when she bit into it. Read full book review >

FOURTH AND LONG by Kent Waldrep
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Flattery, apparently, will get you somewhere. (24 color & 4 b&w photos, not seen)"
Loving liner notes to accompany the BBC/PBS series hosted by the affable tenor. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"Tears, beers, babes, and ballads; just the same old song. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The first full-length biography of an influential country singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Too tedious and irritating for even the most avid of anglers. (more than 300 line drawings)"
This sluggish memoir devoutly details the mechanics of fly- fishing, but much else in the narrative remains bewilderingly vague. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"In targeting his colleagues at the bar, The Rodent swings hard and without mercyhe must be one hell of a good lawyer."
In case the O.J. trial hasn't caused enough embarrassement to members of the bar, here comes The Rodent to finish the job. Read full book review >
UNZIPPED SOULS by William Minor
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Minor tells his story with gentle humor and a great deal of charm, making the book a pleasant journey for the reader as well. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Minor (Humanities/Monterey Peninsula College) combines an unusual set of skills to great advantage in his first booka knowledge of Russian literature, a background in visual art, and a career as a jazz critic and musician. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >