Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 1994

"Though disorganized, occasionally repetitive, its pages afroth with revolting, delightful anecdotes, this book is an informative document and great fun to read."
An insightful look at punk rock's—and his own—beginnings by former Sex Pistols' lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), with some help from enemies and friends. Read full book review >
DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA by Carrie Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1994

"Even admirers of Fisher's many skills will find this as vaporous as an HBO movie you wish you'd never watched."
Again mining Hollywood humor, actress/novelist/screenwriter Fisher's third novel—following Postcards from the Edge (plus screenplay) and Surrender the Pink—finds her still relying on smart talk over plot. Read full book review >

WHEN WOMEN PLAYED HARBALL by Susan E. Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 4, 1994

"This book will be enjoyed not only by the admirers of the All- American Girls Baseball League, but by baseball fans in general."
Several years ago the movie A League of Their Own alerted many Americans for the first time to the existence of the All-American Girls Baseball League, which existed from 1943 to 1954. Read full book review >
CRACKING THE SHOW by Thomas Boswell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Boswell loves and writes about the real game—not the mythology."
Boswell, syndicated sports columnist for the Washington Post, does not, thankfully, peddle maudlin nostalgia for Willie, Mickey, and the Duke or ponder the exploits of the stork-legged Babe. Read full book review >
SKYLINE by Tim Keown
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"15), a look at baseball in the Chicago projects."
Sportswriter Keown's offers a proficient chronicle of the 1992-1993 basketball season at Oakland's Skyline High School, a place so prone to violence that there are no proms or dances, fans and gangs attack players, and ``every game is a retribution.'' Hired just two weeks before the season, even Shawn Donlea saw his first head coaching job as hardly a dream come true. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Of value to poets as well as anthropologists, the book also holds universal appeal through the compelling way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, illuminating humanity's cycle of dark, wintry dreams and hopes of plenty in the spring."
In this gripping study of the Alaskan Inuit people, British poet Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) seasonal rituals and each year's culmination—the spring hunt for the bowhead whale. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Like a nostalgic shuffle through your old baseball cards. (16 pp b&w photos—not seen)"
The Cleveland Indians have been so bad for the past three decades that even hapless Chicago Cubs fans can take heart. ``At least,'' says Pluto (Loose Balls, 1990; Tall Tales, 1992), the Cubs ``have some almosts and September swoons'' to cherish; the Tribe hasn't been close to a title since 1959. Read full book review >
OBSESSION by Steven Gaines
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"In all: part solid business reporting, part gratuitous heavy breathing. (First printing of 100,000)"
This unauthorized biography is part riveting empire-building chronicle, part tiresome litany of sexcapades. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"If a bit self-serving and understandably incomplete, a solid and readable account of a controversial case."
The Indianapolis special prosecutor who put heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in prison for rape offers a trial recap full of interesting inside details. Read full book review >
DANCES WITH TROUT by John Gierach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Informative and sassy, these well-crafted gems sparkle even in a genre known for quality writing. (Illustrated by Glenn Wolff—not seen)"
The lure of fly-fishing by a delightful essayist who's becoming one of the most popular and respected angling writers in the country. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"A huge success."
Delightful history of Gennett Records, its parent the Starr Piano Company of Richmond, Indiana, in the 1920s, and the birth of recorded jazz, by a former business and entertainment reporter for the Cincinnati Post and the Richmond Palladium-Item. Read full book review >
MILE HIGH MADNESS by Bob Kravitz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"The pedestrian text has eight pages of photos—not seen."
Major league baseball added two franchises (one in Colorado, the other in Florida) to its roster for the 1993 season. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >