Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

MY LIFE--IN SPITE OF MYSELF! by Roy Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1994

"A reader is left feeling that one of the good guys has found success, but with little insight into what, beyond talent and hard work, might have raised him to the top. (B&w photos—32 pages—not seen)"
Roy Clark, the genial multi-instrumentalist and longtime host of TV's Hee Haw, tells the story of his rags-to-riches climb to stardom. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE THAT ROONE BUILT by Marc Gunther
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 10, 1994

An informative account of how made-for-the-medium showman Roone Arledge turned ABC TV's news operation into a popular and respected source of programming. Read full book review >

THALBERG by Roland Flamini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"An essential glimpse into the hot center of early filmmaking. (B&w photographs)"
Second full-fledged life of Irving G. Thalberg (the first being Bob Thomas's Thalberg, 1969), the Hollywood boy- wonder/producer (1899-1936) upon whom F. Scott Fitzgerald drew for his hero Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"These one-liner sideshows are an acquired taste, but at his best—which can be good indeed—Alford offers genuinely rueful takes on comic aspects of the urban experience."
The journalistic equivalent of a performance artist, Alford dreams up antic minidramas in which he can play at least a supporting role, stages them, and then reviews the results. Read full book review >
THE ICE OPINION by Ice-T
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"You deal from a 150,000 first printing to even make 'em hear you."
Los Angelino rap musician Ice-T unbuttons his shirt about ghetto life and the storm that hit when his song ``Cop Killer'' seemingly fueled a weak-minded kid to murder a cop. Read full book review >

PENNANT RACES by Dave Anderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"There are contemporary photos throughout the consistently absorbing text."
If baseball championships are sprints, the pennant races that lead to divisional playoffs and/or the World Series are marathons during which literally hundreds of little-remembered events or moments can play important roles in determining outcomes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ribowski's first-rate take on the national pastime brings to vivid life what Paige and his contemporaries accomplished on their Jim Crow field of dreams. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unsentimentally revealing biography of the legendary black pitcher, and a history of the catch-as-catch-can Negro leagues where he first flourished. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Fine fare for fans old and young."
Engaging reminiscences from an aging writer for whom the national pastime has been, if not a grand passion, at least a serious preoccupation. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"If his all-star handbook can't make casual fans masters of the game, it could at least enhance their credibility as second-guessers in season and out. (First printing of 40,000)"
An MVP of a guide to the national pastime from a savvy 17-year veteran of the major leagues who remains an ardent fan in retirement. Read full book review >
THE PUCCINI COMPANION by William Weaver
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1994

"Lovers of Puccini and Italian opera at every level of interest and knowledge will want this book. (Photographs—not seen)"
Puccini wins the prize for most-maligned great composer. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

Philosophy and history of American background music by pop- culture historian Lanza (Fragile Geometry, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >
PRIDE by Charley Pride
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 1994

"Filled with wit and grit, an admirable exemplar of the celebrity bio genre."
The first black country music star spins a great life story. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >