Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

ON TELEVISION by Pierre Bourdieu
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Bourdieu's work is thus of interest only to the serious scholar of sociology or postmodern cultural criticism, not to the reader looking for a broad, lucid study of the problems of television."
A Frenchman's overly academic look at television that will likely leave most American readers cold. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"Baseball, to him, is so like America in its interplay between individual freedom and the rule of law that it will be forever the national pastime, regardless of how far it slips from national favor. (The volume has a foreword by David Halberstam.)"
Giamatti died just nine years ago, after having served as commissioner of baseball for only five months. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A funny and charming look—through Scottish eyes—at Texas as a microcosm of America. (illustrations, not seen)"
This first nonfiction outing by the award-winning Scottish fiction writer McLean (Bucket of Tongues, 1994; Bunker Man, 1997) is sure to make some waves on this side of the Atlantic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"For all the failed Little Leaguers and average high-school and college jocks this is 'the real story of sports in America.'"
A high-school basketball star and standout at Brown University in the 1960s, Reynolds came face-to-face with the realization that he wasn't as good an he'd hoped, that, despite all the hard work and dedication, his dream of playing in the pros was just that: a dream. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"The book does go on (25 pages on Grover Cleveland is quite enough), but Collins, a veteran political observer and a member of the New York Times editorial board, offers a good read that puts present political scandals into historical perspective."
If you think President Clinton is engulfed in rumor and innuendo, consider John Fremont. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN MOVIE WRITING 1998 by George Plimpton
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A thought-provoking commingling of shop talk, sociological meditation, and personal memoir that shows the range of responses possible for an art form at the height of its popularity."
The year's social and cinematic concerns are captured in this well-sculpted inaugural volume on film from guest editor and cameo actor Plimpton (The X Factor, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"He also gives a particularly fine impression of the startling effect that Chopin the pianist had upon his listeners. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Emphasizing Chopin's life and times rather than his music, Szulc's biography situates the composer and pianist extraordinaire within the circles of European artists, writers, and others who created the Romantic era. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1998

"She's a mother, a loving mother, a good mother."
Dispatches from the parenting front line—pungent and funny and spot-on—from Winik. Read full book review >
BODY LANGUAGE by Gerald Early
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

For volume two of Graywolf's Forum series, editor Early (Daughters, 1994, etc.) called for personal essays about an encounter with a sport and what significance that encounter held for the writer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 23, 1998

"But for the more casual reader, this story awaits a better teller."
An unusual perspective on the grinding routines of the pro golf circuit: A rookie player recalls his road to the PGA Tour and his first years' experience playing with the big boys. Read full book review >
CRISTINA! by Cristina Saralegui
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 19, 1998

"A half-witted tell-all in the talk-show mode. (Author tour)"
In this gutsy but simple-minded memoir, the 49-year-old host and executive producer of El Show de Cristina, copublisher of the magazine Cristina la Revista, and host of the daily radio program Cristina Opina offers her advice on marriage, child-rearing, racial and sexual discrimination, menopause, and the challenge of growing old. Read full book review >
SAYLES ON SAYLES by John Sayles
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1998

"An invaluable companion piece to Sayles's films. (b&w photos, not seen)"
This in-depth look at the work of one of America's most successful maverick filmmakers is another fine contribution to Faber and Faber's ``Directors on Directors'' series. 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 >