Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

"It has many startling insights, shrewd observations, and considerable narrative momentum."
What do Richard Nixon, Freddy Krueger, O.J. Simpson, and Edgar Allan Poe have in common with one another—but not with Percy Bysshe Shelley and Ralph Waldo Emerson? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 31, 1997

Bickley, a writer for the Chicago Sun-Times, offers an exasperated overview of the controversial Rodman's life, concentrating on the power forward's recent career and off-court hijinks. Read full book review >

RUPERT HUGHES by James O. Kemm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"History's verdicts are often unfair, but despite Kemm's best, belabored efforts to resurrect Cousin Rupert's reputation, he's arguing a losing case. (30 b&w photos)"
A tediously enthusiastic biography of a once celebrated man of letters. Read full book review >
JOHANNES BRAHMS by Jan Swafford
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 30, 1997

"For readers of Swafford's biography, Brahms's Lullaby will never sound the same. (16 pages of illustrations, not seen)"
A definitive work about one of the 19th century's most influential classical music composers. Read full book review >
MARSHALL McLUHAN by W. Terrence Gordon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 1997

"But as an intellectual history, it's first-rate. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thoughtful study of the life and ideas of the celebrated media philosopher. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 27, 1997

"More intriguing than any book club's mail-order stratagems is the question of how books like this get sold—to Ivy League departments in the form of dissertations, grant-makers (the Guggenheim in this case), and university presses. (9 illustrations, not seen)"
A virtual self-parody of obfuscation and solipsism in cultural studies. Read full book review >
SOLTI ON SOLTI by Georg Solti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 1997

"An adequate rendering by a man renowned in the musical world for his excellence. (16 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 50,000)"
A behind-some-of-the-scenes look at the life and thoughts of one of the 20th century's greatest conductors. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1997

"A warm, engaging valentine to a bygone art form and era. (130 b&w photos)"
A broad and glossy, but thoroughly entertaining tour of old- time radio. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 16, 1997

"Despite some omissions and lapses into pseudo-inspiration, this is frank and lucid, and presents an intimate picture of a star athlete and her sport. (8 pages b&w photo insert, not seen) (Author tour)"
Three-time Olympic gold medalist Joyner-Kersee, with Sports Illustrated editor Steptoe, delivers an autobiography that outshines much of the dismal competition. Read full book review >
UNAUTHORIZED PORTRAITS by Edward Sorel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1997

"A deeply amusing, even necessary, volume."
A welcome review of the great caricaturist's work, ranging from the 1970s to the present, with sections on ``History'' (with a droll strip on God, a hilarious portrait of a variety of American presidents caught in illicit liaisons, and a young Truman Capote having tea with a wonderfully dour Colette); ``Entertainment and the Arts'' (featuring a blithe George Gershwin showing Fred Astaire the choreography for ``Fascinating Rhythm,'' and a startling portrait of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow); and ``Politics,'' which includes some of Sorel's most identifiable—and savage—work, such as his frequent, inspired pilloryings of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 12, 1997

"But these are exceptions to the roil of self-indulgent, free-form folderol."
A poorly essayed collection of essays and flights of fancy on film and more. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 1997

"A compelling, multifaceted, and broadly curious portrait of the deer among us."
Close encounters with Cervidae, from soup to nuts, biological to behavioral to metaphysical, by Nelson (The Island Within, 1989). ``I'm not sure when I became obsessed with deer,'' Nelson admits, but obsessed he is. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >