Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A winner for sure, but less blindly battered and pain-ridden than Art Linson's arias in A Pound of Flesh (reviewed above)."
Hypnotically frank, though not for the ages, the memoirs of movie producer Steel; or, Horatio Alger Walks through Lions in Darkest Hollywood—and gets killed but not eaten. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Intimate story of Harry, Jack, Albert, and Sam Warner and how they rose from immigrant rags to Hollywood riches by founding the Warner Brothers Studio—as told by Harry's granddaughter and family archivist Sperling, who spent 11 years researching, aided by Millner and with contributions by Jack Warner Jr., Ronald Reagan, and others. Read full book review >
JAZZ by James Lincoln Collier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Bound to blow fresh winds through the jazz academy—and to please those interested in watching the feathers fly."
Ten philosophical essays on issues in jazz scholarship from jazz-historian and children's author Collier (author of controversial biographies of Armstrong, Ellington, and Goodman, among other works). Read full book review >
A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN...OR TOO TIRED FOR AN AFFAIR by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"Overall, though, this is as light as a feather—and could float to the top of the lists. (First printing of 500,000)"
Bombeck (When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, 1991, etc.) is in top form here, detonating snappy one- liners throughout this account of her 40-plus years of marriage. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 1993

"Still, gratitude is owed Alyn for preserving Lipscomb's remarkable story. (Photos)"
The oral autobiography of black East Texas farmer and songster Mance Lipscomb—a life that's one of the great American stories. Read full book review >
LENI RIEFENSTAHL by Leni Riefenstahl
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 1993

"Hard to swallow, even with a grain of salt. (Forty pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
A sad and stupendously flat reminiscence by the doyenne of the German cinema, who even now seems unwilling to admit that she backed the wrong horse in 1933. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 1993

"There's a definite need for a serious and thorough history of country music, always a poor stepchild in musical scholarship, but this isn't it. (Photographs—192 b&w)"
Attractively produced but flawed history of women in country music from the turn of the century to today, by anthropologist/social-worker Bufwack and Nashville Tennessean music-reporter Oermann. Read full book review >
FLY FISHING THROUGH THE MIDLIFE CRISIS by Howell Raines
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 21, 1993

"A profound work that will hook readers from the start."
A bold and eloquent work in which New York Times editorial page director Raines (Whiskey Man, My Soul Is Rested—both 1977) looks at his obsession with fly fishing as cause, symptom, and remedy for the woes of middle-aging. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

Engrossing account of the early career of a promising country singer, from small-town beginnings to careful grooming as potential superstar. Read full book review >
MORE MEMORIES by Ralph Emery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Captivating, and likely to capture another top rung on bestseller lists. (For a less satisfied glance at Emery's life, see Skeeter Davis's Bus Fare to Kentucky, reviewed above.) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Emery and Carter prove lightning can strike in the same place twice: Witness this scintillating follow-up to their 1991 megabestseller, Memories. Read full book review >
A PLACE ON THE WATER by Jerry Dennis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch—like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations—some seen)"
Pleasant essays—five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America—on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Mona Eltahawy
April 28, 2015

In her debut book, Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution, Egyptian-American journalist and commentator Mona Eltahawy mounts an angry indictment of the treatment of women throughout the Arab world. Born in Egypt, she spent her childhood in London, moving with her family to Saudi Arabia when she was 15. Her shock was immediate and visceral: “It felt as though we’d moved to another planet whose inhabitants fervently wished women did not exist,” she recalls. Women could not travel, work or even go to a doctor’s appointment without male approval. We talk to Eltahawy this week on Kirkus TV about her arresting new book. View video >