Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 291)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Its primary appeal, though, is to students of operatic history and those who have permanently left their hearts in you-know-where. (Illustrations)"
A meticulously researched history of operatic music as performed in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the Civil War. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Provocative perspectives on a McLuhanesque principle—the medium is the message."
A perceptive, albeit none-too-sanguine, appreciation of the literally earth-shaking ways in which space-age communications technologies are reordering the world in the wake of the cold war- -which they helped to end. Read full book review >

THE MUSE IS ALWAYS HALF-DRESSED IN NEW ORLEANS by Andrei Codrescu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1993

Essayist and editor, poet and professor, columnist, novelist, radio commentator, scriptwriter, translator, and all-round man-of-letters Codrescu (Road Scholar) presents his latest collection of essays. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE by Barney Hoskyns
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 21, 1993

"Though relying heavily on others' material, a well-written, enjoyable account of a 60s legend."
British journalist Hoskyns (Vogue, Spin, etc.) wends his way through 60s mythology and the mystique of the remarkable rock group known as The Band' to deliver a nicely readable, straightforward bit of pop-music history. Read full book review >
JUST TELL ME WHEN TO CRY by Richard Fleischer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 15, 1993

"Top-flight tales from a director modest about his works and days."
Merry Memoirs by Hollywood director Fleischer, helmsman of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Boston Strangler, Fantastic Voyage, Doctor Doolittle, Mandingo, Compulsion, and 43 other films. Read full book review >

DANCING LEDGE by Derek Jarman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 12, 1993

"Many excellent pages, many grandly impolite (if less hostile than At Your Own Risk). (Eighty-eight b&w photographs, including shots of male nudes at low ebb)"
Reconstructed memoir of ``my Queerlife'' of the 1970's that's a companion volume to British filmmaker Jarman's At Your Own Risk (1992), which told of his first five decades as well as of his thoughts since testing HIV-positive five years ago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1993

"Though foulmouthed, Loesser grows on you wonderfully through his daughter's eyes."
Engaging life of brilliant lyricist, songwriter, and composer Frank Loesser (1910-69), whose genius with words brings life to this loving biography by his daughter (a journalist, editor, geologist, etc., who's been published in Life and Family Circle). Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

"Best for country-music buffs and scholars, particularly with its descriptions of the Nashville growth years in the 50's and 60's. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Country boy from dirt poverty makes millions as a Nashville publisher/producer/writer. Read full book review >
ANIMATING CULTURE by Eric Smoodin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 17, 1993

A crisply written academic investigation of the politics of the Hollywood cartoon from roughly 1930 to 1960. Read full book review >
SEASONS TO REMEMBER by Curt Gowdy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 16, 1993

"Manna for older fans who may have forgotten how sweet it was, and a fine reminder for younger generations that artificial turf, integrated squads, TV coverage, drug-testing, seven-figure contracts, platooning, and seemingly endless playoffs weren't always in the game. (Illustrations—not seen)"
An unabashedly nostalgic, silky-smooth memoir spanning a 15- year period that fiftysomething or older people tend to regard as a golden age in American sports. Read full book review >
BLACK STUDIES, RAP, AND THE ACADEMY by Jr. Baker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 1993

"But, on balance, Baker offers here a float across jargon-choked shallows."
From former M.L.A. president Baker (English and Black Studies/University of Pennsylvania): four essays in defense of Black Studies and rap that tend to grow muddled and slip from your grasp. ``Black Studies: A New Story'' offers a superficial glance at what brought Black Studies into being (``What was required...was a revocabularization of academic discourse'') and at how the new discipline was greeted by the establishment (``What generally occurred...was moral panic as a function of territorial contestation''). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >