Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

THE BOX by Jeff Kisseloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An always fascinating exploration of the rowdy, sometimes wonderful, sometimes appalling days of early television. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoroughly engrossing grab bag of memories of the dawn of television. Read full book review >
LEADER OF THE BAND by Gene Lees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A few high notes from the past, bathed in a warm, nostalgic glow. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
Workmanlike biography of a famed big bandsman. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A workmanlike biography that will interest students of African-American studies. (47 halftones, not seen)"
The story of a child-prodigy pianist and journalist and her troubled family. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Makes you want to rush out to the nearest nightclub and check out the action."
Winer, a New Yorkbased journalist who covers musical theater and cabaret (coauthor of Sing Out, Louise!, not reviewed), spent a year on the cabaret circuit following its three dominant figures, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, and Julie Wilson, with serendipitous results. Read full book review >
RUBINSTEIN by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A book with something for almost everyone, and a worthy incentive to investigate Rubinstein's unique artistry. (photos, not seen)"
Sachs is explicitly out to set the record straight in this detailed, scholarly biography of the legendary pianist. Read full book review >

FALLING FROM GRACE by Terry Pluto
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Pluto offers sound and interesting solutions—such as stiff fines for technical fouls and zone defenses to bring back speed— but the good ideas get buried in what occasionally sounds like a sports-bar gripe session."
Perhaps the National Basketball Association is in trouble when one of its preeminent chroniclers can refer to the notorious Charles Barkley as one of the ``good guys.'' Pluto (The Curse of Rocky Colavito, 1994, etc.) laments that this once fast, offense-oriented game is going ``through a period of taunting, brawling, and championship teams that can't shoot.'' The games are low-scoring, there's too much trash talk, and the younger players, though superb athletes, fail to master the fundamentals. Read full book review >
OUR VAMPIRES, OURSELVES by Nina Auerbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"There's little reason to quibble, however, over this smart and snappy scholarly adventure story."
A vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America. Read full book review >
I AM SPOCK by Leonard Nimoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"It has no oomph. (Author tour)"
A disappointingly ordinary memoir by an extraordinary actor. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes. (b&w drawings, not seen)"
A staff writer for the New Yorker presents a whimsical and often profound tour of a truly curious museum and its highly ironic curator. Read full book review >
THE CHINA VOYAGE by Tim Severin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Brilliantly told story of hope, camaraderie, and closeness to the elements. (color inserts, not seen)"
Award-winning writer and adventurer Severin (In Search of Genghis Khan, 1992, etc.) describes how he and his crew of seven made the seemingly impossible voyage across the Pacific in a craft that Chinese sailors might have used 2,000 years ago. Read full book review >
MUSICAGE by John Cage
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Cagey thoughts that will surely knot your brow."
A philosophical discourse embodying a lifetime's aesthetic explorations by infamous composer John Cage (191292). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 20, 1995

"Copeland has had more than his share of unusual experiences and describes them with some wit, but as a booking agent, he can't provide enough of an inside look at bands and the world of rock to capture most readers. (Author tour)"
A tolerably diverting autobiography by a member of a minor music-industry dynasty, from juvenile delinquency in the Middle East to huge success as a booking agent for new wave bands. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >