Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Because he can'') that even the angriest fan will turn away. (First serial to Esquire; author tour)"
Nothing new in this angry diatribe from sports columnist and novelist Lupica (Jump, 1995, etc.): Professional athletes and team owners are arrogant, selfish, and greedy; the fans are fed up; and somebody should do something about it. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"For cigar zealots, old and new, here's another accoutrement to place beside the humidor and the clipper. (illustrations and cigar ratings, not seen)"
Here's a guidebook for the new generation of affluent stogie enthusiasts. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"An empowering message for concerned parents. (Author tour)"
Cogent evidence that media violence encourages aggression, desensitization, and pessimism in young people, combined with clear advice to parents on how to protect their children. Read full book review >
FOOLS' NAMES, FOOLS' FACES by Andrew Ferguson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Flaws aside, this is rarely a dull book, but it is carelessly compiled, and Ferguson spends too much time looking over other writers' shoulders."
A collection of short, somewhat topical, somewhat humorous essays by a self-described ``journalistic hit man.'' From H.L. Mencken to Tom Wolfe to P.J. O'Rourke the right has enjoyed a proud tradition of wickedly acerbic and satirical cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE EROTIC IN SPORTS by Allen Guttmann
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 3, 1996

"But it's not always clear what Guttmann is arguing for or against. (48 illustrations, not seen)"
A scholarly, often lively if inconclusive treatise that suggests that ``there is an inherent erotic element'' in sports and that we should be candid about it, as were the ancient Greeks. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An intelligent, fair, fascinating portrait of a seminal figure in American ballet. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vigorous, finely balanced reporting job on the late Robert Joffrey and his ever-popular dance company. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES by Geoffrey Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Worthy of comparison to such classics of sports reporting as David Halberstam's Summer of '49, this book should be a real kick for soccer rooters and nonfans alike."
A timely and authoritative account of the Americans who pulled off one of the sporting world's most stunning upsets by defeating the powerhouse English soccer team in the 1950 World Cup. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An unblinking portrait of Lomax's eccentricities, his outspokenness, and his prejudices—including racism—keep this from dissolving into standard academic fare. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Scholarly biography of a colorful folklorist who was equal parts academic, businessman, and hustler. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A tellingly detailed, often gossipy, and consistently absorbing case study on the largely self-induced eclipse of a commercial paragon, from journalists who know the territory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A fine generation-spanning account of the unhappy fate of Schwinn, a family firm that for the better part of a century bestrode US bicycle business like a colossus. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Sublime, with grassy notes."
A disarmingly limpid telling of days spent training horses for the highest levels of competition, from newcomer Menino. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY IN CYBERSPACE by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"And it can be read with zero RAM, too. (Author tour)"
User-friendly Barry, tour guide to the world and elsewhere (Dave Barry Does Japan, 1992, etc.), takes a crack at cyberspace and comes up with a loony naturalist's guide to computer geekdom. Read full book review >
COACH by Keith Dunnavant
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"It's just as well, because they probably aren't there."
Balanced and intelligent, this is the first biography of the legendary University of Alabama football coach since his death early in 1983, written by a contributor to the Birmingham Post-Herald who interviewed Bryant for his high school paper. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >