Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"This is an important book for the way it highlights an active but underacknowledged field of cultural inquiry, and a study bound to prompt further debate. (96 photos, not seen)"
Synthesizing the remarkable work over the last 15 years of scores of cultural historians, theorists, and critics who have been engaged in documenting and analyzing the ubiquitous legacy of blackface minstrelsy and racial posing in 20th-century American culture, Gubar has assembled a comprehensive catalog of cross-racial iconography. Read full book review >
INVISIBLE REPUBLIC by Greil Marcus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Of course, a basic knowledge of Dylan's career is assumed by the author, but this rarely hampers an otherwise brilliant look at how America's often unseen folk tradition shaped one of America's greatest folk musicians."
Ostensibly about the recordings Bob Dylan made in the house called "Big Pink" in upstate New York, in 1967, veteran rock critic Marcus's study in fact uses the tapes more as a departure point for an innovative view of American folk music and folklore and how it shaped Dylan's imagination and career. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 28, 1997

"He might be out there stalking them, but no one will doubt Reiger's love of the striper after finishing this book. (22 line drawings, not seen)"
A pleasantly avuncular history and reminiscence of striped- bass fishing from Field and Stream conservation editor Reiger (Heron Hill Chronicle, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
DRACULA by Leonard Wolf
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 1997

"Only, perhaps, as a Dracula 101 introduction for the uninitiated does it really work. (30 b&w photos, 4 line drawings, not seen)"
Afraid of the dark? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 1997

"But this is less an autobiography than a mildly entertaining, season-by-season commentary on his career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio satellite tour)"
This quiet, almost bland memoir of the Houston Rockets coach plays low-key counterpoint to the more raucous basketball bios of recent vintage. Read full book review >

NICKEL DREAMS by Tanya Tucker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 1997

"But readers will come to like the singer well enough to wish her less interesting times. (16 pages color photos, not seen)"
Country legend Tanya Tucker tells her tumultuous life story with warmth and modesty. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 1997

"Taken as the less ambitious but valuable work it truly is, Serious Business offers a lively, thought-provoking introduction to the fascinating complexity of seemingly simple animated cartoons. (b&w illustrations, 8 pages color illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
This nicely written and generally informative account provides a cursory though useful history of American animated cartoons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1997

"Simply put, this is a marvelous book. (photos) (Author tour)"
Kahn, dean of American sportswriters, shares his memories of a time when baseball players and writers were not the servants of different corporate masters and the game itself was not a virtual hostage to corporate or political interests. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"There is much to admire here, but pop culture buffs may wish that Hilmes could break her academic chains and speak as directly as the radio voices she so clearly loves. (19 photos, 3 illustrations, not seen)"
An often evocative study of the sociological impact of the Golden Age of radio. Read full book review >
BROOK TROUT by Nick Karas
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Angling literature, burdened as it is by overproduction, has every reason to celebrate Karas's brook trout encomium. (color and b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
The much maligned brook trout gets star billing in this encyclopedic, readable study of Salvelinus fontinalis from Newsday outdoor columnist Karas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"A cheerful, flippant view of family life, with a compassionate undercurrent that gives these observations weight."
A selection of lighthearted, sometimes very funny newspaper and magazine columns about the perils of raising children and holding a job at the same time. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Not for the layperson. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable but occasionally arcane collection of essays celebrating the Golden Age of ``old-time'' southern fiddling (192555). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >