Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

ORSON WELLES by Simon Callow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It will be a hard, fidgety wait for the second volume. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superbly wrought, aesthetically and psychologically acute portrait of Welles's sheer, undisciplined genius. Read full book review >
IT'S ABOUT TIME by Fred M. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good primer for the reader interested in Brubeck, his music, and his times. (49 illustrations, not seen)"
Idolatrous biography of famed jazz-pop pianist/composer/bandleader Brubeck, with analysis of his recordings and compositions. Read full book review >

PLAYING OFF THE RAIL by David McCumber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It gets a little long toward the end, but on the whole, this is a refreshing and very funny look at the world of pool, billiards, and snooker. (Author tour)"
McCumber (X-Rated: The Mitchell Brothers, 1992) hits the road with professional pool player Tony Annigoni, determined to make a killing in the sometimes twilight world of pool hustlers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Best read both Ryan and Brennan for a balanced picture of a grueling yet beautiful sport. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A mix of giddy admiration and honest reporting that's as wobbly as a junior skater attempting a triple flip. Read full book review >
THE SAME RIVER TWICE by Alice Walker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"More scrapbook than a solid volume, as the usual Walker themes appear only intermittently between clippings and movie memorabilia."
Like the quilt her character Celie makes in the bestselling novel The Color Purple, Walker has created a patchwork verbal memento of the filming of her novel that will delight fans and movie buffs but is too self-absorbed to be of general interest. Read full book review >

QUENTIN TARANTINO by Jami Bernard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Perhaps Tarantino will one day merit a biography; it certainly won't be this one. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A premature biography, shallow and uninspired. Read full book review >
STEINWAY AND SONS by Richard K. Lieberman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A tidy package for those who want the facts, plus a bit more, on merchant music makers overtaken by events and their own inability to adapt. (70 photos and illustrations, not seen)"
If D.W. Fostle produced a lush Mahler symphony in recounting the rise and fall of the first family of pianos (The Steinway Saga, p. 356), Lieberman, using the same theme of an American dynasty's seasons in the sun, has created a more compact and disciplined concerto for piano and orchestra. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A pleasant, warm book that occasionally suffers from its author's overheated prose."
A poet, storyteller, and professional harpist writes about her life as the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Riordan's biography has few such saving graces. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Despite its title, the aging enfant terrible of America takes few hits from the friendly fire of this overly authorized biography. Read full book review >
HOLDING COURT by Dick Vitale
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"For those who can't get enough of Vitale on TV during college basketball's off season, this book is a slam dunk."
ESPN and ABC's wildly popular and hyperkinetic hoops maven recreates his TV high jinks in this latest roundball manifesto. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICS OF STAR TREK by Lawrence M. Krauss
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"That theme certainly makes it all more user-friendly, but Krauss's brevity will leave readers who don't subscribe to Scientific American a little lost, and those who do without much new to chew on. (photos and illustrations) ($75,000 ad/promo)"
Physicist Krauss (Case Western Reserve Univ.) has tackled the daunting task of explaining the complexities of modern physics to the uninitiated before (Fear of Physics, 1993), with mixed results; here he uses concepts from the super-popular Star Trek television series as a kind of hook to make the lessons a little easier to swallow. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"In the end, the only real monster to be found is the one Rushing and Frentz have so carelessly brought to life. (30 b&w film stills, not seen)"
Iron John goes to Hollywood in this confused and tedious examination of the hunter and the hunted in six modern films: The Manchurian Candidate, The Deer Hunter, Jaws, Blade Runner, and the two Terminators. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Andrea Beaty
August 30, 2016

In Andrea Beaty and David Roberts’ new picture book Ada Twist, Scientist is like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie: scientist Ada, a character of color, has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. Not afraid of failure, she embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble! Inspired by real-life makers such as Ada Lovelace and Marie Curie, Ada Twist, Scientist champions girl power and women scientists, and brings welcome diversity to picture books about girls in science. “Cool and stylish,” our reviewer writes. View video >