Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Well-intentioned but frustrating."
By amateur historian/jazzman Lester, the first bio of legendary jazz pianist Tatum. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Which is to say that this aptly titled book, while dandy, could have been softer. (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
A timely but stubbornly selective autobiography of Detroit's five-time African-American mayor, written with Wheeler (coauthor of Hank Aaron's I Had A Hammer, 1991). Read full book review >

ON THE REAL SIDE by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A careful balance of example and commentary—as filled with the voices and laughter of black humor as with the pain, injustice, indignities, and exclusion that gave rise to it."
In this timely, encyclopedic, personable history of African- American humor, Watkins (journalist, editor New York Times) offers in his rich examples and unpretentious analysis a history of a culture through its entertainment and, in a wider context, an explanation of the functions of laughter among minorities. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Tightly knit, wide-ranging, and well researched — with Gibson's own experience as a Gunsite Ranch trainee recounted: a profoundly troubling assessment of America at risk."
Powerful, deadly trends now present in US society are traced to a loss of male self-esteem and national pride following our defeat in Vietnam — in this fluid, captivating analysis from Gibson (Sociology/California State University; The Perfect War, 1986). Read full book review >
HARDBALL by Daniel Coyle
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"The crack of the bat heard over the sound of gunfire: a testament to the innocent courage of children, as well as to their ability to endure in spite of all, including the adults. (Film rights sold to Paramount)"
An eye-opening chronicle of the fears, frustrations, and small triumphs of playing and coaching Little League baseball amid the squalor and violence of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing project; by an editor at Outside magazine. Read full book review >

MASSENET by Demar Irvine
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

All critical cavil (a surfeit of detail, less than elegant writing, etc.) is swept away by the fact that this book addresses a pressing and long-standing need: a full, well-researched, carefully structured biography—in English—of one of the most underrated, unfairly patronized composers of the past 150 years. Read full book review >
IMAGES by Ingmar Bergman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"All told, stronger than his autobiography, The Magic Lantern (1988). (More than 200 b&w photographs)"
Warmly appealing, indispensable review of all his films by Swedish filmmaker Bergman as he sits down to look at each one, many of which he's not seen for 30 or 40 years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Not as thrilling as a Bird-McHale-Parish charge to the basket, but good enough for those who never saw—or who want to recapture—the real thing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Bill, Hillary, and Al? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 31, 1993

"However Jeffords may stretch in some interpretations of individual films, she gives welcome new definition to the whole idea of the body politic. (Forty-two b&w photographs)"
Something new on the storied relation between Hollywood models and American culture in the Reagan years: an impressively documented, though frequently strained, argument that films like Rambo and Robocop rehearsed the same images of masculinity manufactured for the personal benefit of the era's leading politicians. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 17, 1993

"As a brief history of the evolution of Hollywood cartoons, though, this could hardly be improved. (B&w illustrations)"
An aggressively didactic history of the animated cartoon from the days before Mickey Mouse to the rise (or fall, depending on your feelings about the Flintstones) of Hanna-Barbera's 137 TV programs. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"A cake you eat for its raisins. (Twenty b&w photographs)"
A history of the Hollywood factory system that leaps, handy- dandy, between the intimate and the commonplace, drawing from hundreds of interviews with Tinseltown folk conducted by the Southern Methodist University Oral History Program, which Davis (Hollywood Beauty, 1991) founded. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 9, 1993

More than any other event, WW II transformed the relationship between Hollywood and American culture, Doherty (American Studies/Brandeis) announces at the outset of this uncommonly wide-ranging social history—and proceeds to support his argument with surprising success. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >