Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 28, 1997

"Should not be missed. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
An outstanding four-decade overview of American social history masquerading as an impossibly entertaining sports tell-all. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 28, 1997

"A provocative counterattack."
By introducing left-wing backlash into the right-wing's culture wars, Mills further sharpens this acrimonious debate. Read full book review >

TUPAC SHAKUR by Vibe Magazine
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 27, 1997

"Shakur's fans will find the book a useful overview of a short, intensely controversial, and ultimately self-destructive life and career. (100 color photos, not seen)"
Shakur, who died in a drive-by shooting at the age of 25, was one of rap music's most controversial and influential performers, as evidenced by this collection of heavily illustrated articles from VIBE magazine, including interviews, features on the singer, and reports on the increasingly heated conflicts within rap music that may, it has been suggested, have played a part in Shakur's death. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Stanley Kramer picture. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A mediocre, mediocre, mediocre autobiography. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES by Monty Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Over and above everything, though, is Roberts's surpassing love for horses, captured here in his evocations of the horses he has trained over a career spanning four decades. (Author tour)"
The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Read full book review >

LAUGHING IN THE DARK by Laurie Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 1997

"Clearly a book for Stone fans only; to the reader looking for an unbiased, funny view, caveat emptor."
Novelist and Village Voice critic Stone (Starting with Serge, 1989) offers an anthology of poorly executed essays on stand-up comedy. Read full book review >
EL SID by David Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"Let the reader be forewarned, El Sid is often obscene, violent and disturbing, but then, so was the life of its protagonist; at least the typical glamorization of Sid Vicious is avoided."
Wildly uneven but ultimately compelling, Dalton's chronicle of Sid Vicious's (John Simon Ritchie) years as the bassist in the Sex Pistols covers little new factual ground but offers a fresh angle on a widely misunderstood young man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A candid book whose look backward provides a hopeful blueprint for reviving the possibilities that seemed so endless in the 1960s. (Author tour)"
A stunningly revelatory chronicle of a generation long misunderstood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Scotty's real monument is not this book, but his music. (65 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The sad trajectory of Elvis Presley's life is a familiar story, but this memoir does shed a little new light on the early years. Read full book review >
CHEVROLET SUMMERS, DAIRY QUEEN NIGHTS by Bob Greene
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A talented journalist in the old tradition serves some traditional apple pie with a bit of corn, and it may just suit a reader somehow predisposed to good feeling."
Syndicated Chicago Tribune columnist Greene (The 50 Year Dash, 1996; Hang Time, 1992; etc.) collects a hundred or so transitory essays celebrating the old human virtues and decrying the new human vices. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A jolly, sparkling trip through Elvis country. (photos, not seen) (For another look at Elvis impersonators, see Leslie Rubinkowski, Impersonating Elvis, p. 858.)"
A rollicking piece of gonzo journalism by a novelist whose first book, Stark Raving Elvis (1984), was a fictional take on the same subject. Read full book review >
RADIOS by Jerome Stern
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Pleasantly diverting observations on passing life, ideal for short-attention-span meditations. (drawings by author, not seen)"
The spoken word translates neatly into the written in this posthumous collection of microessays from National Public Radio commentator Stern (Making Shapely Fiction, not reviewed, etc.). 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 >