Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

HARRY HOOPER by Paul J. Zingg
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Just like its subject: steady, solid, and studied."
Zingg (Dean/St. Read full book review >
THE HONOURABLE BEAST by John Dexter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Many inspiring moments prime the reader with hope for a biography—as well as for a clearer spelling-out of Dexter's stagecraft. (Illustrations)"
Deep salad of diary clippings, jottings, and letters—all bearing on directing plays, films, and operas—from the collected unpublished writings of the Tony-winning director of Equus and M. Butterfly, who died in 1990 following seven years of directing operas at the Met. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"Fly fishing meets the New Age in this uneven work that veers from the sublimely ridiculous to the heart-rendingly profound."
Amid his mother's dying from brain cancer, the loss of his job, and a doctor's diagnosis that his case of the ``meat bucket blues'' was ``treatable'' depression, Middleton (On the Spine of Time, 1991, etc.) finds renewal in fishing the wild waters of cold mountain streams. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"A well-researched, in-depth study of a most unusual athlete: one of the best—and most fascinating—sports bios in years. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen)"
Football star Joe Don Looney—an All-American running back in the early 1960's—had, according to Oklahoma attorney Clark, ``the tools to be the next Jim Brown.'' But as Clark shows in this smoothly written, riveting biography, Looney's brand of nonconformity and manic temperament was not readily accommodated 30 years ago. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"He even manages to reach the Missouri."
The longest free-flowing river in America serves as a questing ground for a careworn but game journey of homecoming and self- discovery. Read full book review >

LOUIE LOUIE by Dave Marsh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"Louie, Louie'' lives! (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
Here, rock critic Marsh (Born to Run, Glory Days, etc.) ventures beyond mere celeb biography or fan-boy appreciation. Read full book review >
LOVE LOVE AND LOVE by Sandra Bernhard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"The book is dedicated to Bernhard's grandmother. (First printing of 35,000)"
Actress and stand-up comic Bernhard (Confessions of a Pretty Lady, 1988) acts up again with an occasionally recumbent but always ardent performance. Read full book review >
MATTY by Ray Robinson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A salutary but dull story, in these days of I-me-mine players, about a time of golden boys and Golden Years."
Robinson—who's established himself as the literary equivalent of a .270 hitter with a string of solid but unmemorable baseball books (Iron Horse, 1990, etc.)—maintains his average with this bio of pitching great Christy Mathewson (1880-1925). ``Big Six,'' the sportswriters called him, for reasons lost in time—perhaps the only mysterious thing about Mathewson. Read full book review >
BLOODTIES by Ted Kerasote
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A winning hand of up-to-date cards in the deadly serious hunting game."
A potent exploration of the gray line between ``sport'' and subsistence hunting. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >