Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

'YOU'RE OKAY, IT'S JUST A BRUISE' by Robert Huizenga
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Fans looking for something to pass the time between autumn Sundays could do a lot worse than read this no-punches-pulled tell- all. (First printing of 60,000; author tour)"
The former internist for the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders tells it like it is in this engaging muckraker's guide to the business of pro football. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"While keeping Stierle's story within the context of the larger AIDS tragedy, Solway's plain, measured prose makes clear the personal and professional magnitude of this individual loss. (Author tour)"
A sensitive biography of a young dancer/choreographer who died of AIDS just two days after his first two dances premiered at the Joffrey Ballet in March 1991. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Droll rather than hilarious, and more elegiac than celebratory: a dispensable example of vaulting ambition that o'erleaps itself. (First serial to Granta; Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Readers expecting an antic appreciation of laughingstocks through the ages will be justifiably disappointed by this wry, selective, and self-absorbed compilation. Read full book review >
THE LAST SHOT by Darcy Frey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A heartbreaking, gritty piece of work."
Expanding the Harper's piece that won a National Magazine Award, Frey deepens his devastating indictment of big-time college basketball's recruiting circus and the long shot at redemption it offers four talented New York City high school players. Read full book review >
VAMPS AND TRAMPS by Camille Paglia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

Those who missed them in Playboy, The New Republic, and other media can catch up with culture diva Paglia's latest performances here. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

With the capable help of sportswriter Levine (Life on the Rim, 1990), the smallest man ever to play in the NBA tells his story with warmth and humor. Read full book review >
IRVING BERLIN by Mary Ellin Barrett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This memoir succeeds on a small scale, as a daughter's reach across time to recapture her childhood and make a final attempt to connect with her father. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Life with father, glossing over the bad times and trumpeting the good. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Nothing really new here, but a vivid recreation of a great period and a seminal company in popular music. (Author tour)"
A substantive, reasonably candid memoir from the founder of Detroit's legendary Motown Records, creator of the soundtrack of the '60s. Read full book review >
PLEASE STAND BY by Michael Ritchie
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"The 77 black-and-white photos provided here hold the nonspecialist's attention, while the text rarely does."
A well-researched but dull account of the hungry, unkempt days of early television. Read full book review >
SUBVERSIVE LAUGHTER by Ron Jenkins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The author's intimate connection to his material and his tremendous capacity for description strengthen this provocative and entertaining work."
An astute, engrossing examination of the dynamic relationship between comedy and social revolution. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"A few pearls among the paranoia, but this flawed paean to literacy is as awkward as its title."
An academic's meandering foray into the realms of the preliterate. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Interesting stories in search of a collective purpose. (32 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Fox seems to have formed this disjointed work by taking a worthy collection of anecdotes from the professional worlds of baseball, football, and basketball and throwing them against the wall to see what would stick. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >