Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)"
This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF TROUT by Ted Leeson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"Only 50 percent of these entries deserve to be called great writing; the remainder qualify as good ol' boys scratching each others' good ol' backs. (b&w illustrations)"
The keeper of this ``treasury'' of troutiana should have kept a sharper eye out for counterfeits. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"An authoritative and enlightening survey of what the future might hold for those who engage in combat on America's behalf."
Hard on the heels of a widely publicized GAO report charging that the Pentagon oversold the high-tech weapons used during the 1991 Gulf War comes an informative, down-to-earth assessment of what arms the US military could and should bear in the years ahead. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"A hard, sad tale, one which removes the varnish from an American legend and paints him in all-too-human colors. (16 pages photos) (Author tour)"
What makes this already familiar account of drunkenness, infidelity, and remorse so startling is that it's by Mantle and members of his family. Read full book review >
FOREVER, ERMA by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1996

"Thanks, Erma."
A collection of more than 100 of Bombeck's most popular newspaper columns (during her long career she produced 4,500 pieces), ranging from those published in the 1960s, when Bombeck first darted out from behind the drier to explain where the other sock went, to columns written shortly before her death earlier this year. Read full book review >

LIVING IT UP by Karen Finley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"With her funny illustrations, Finley serves a merely clever amuse-gueule that could have been a more substantial meal. (Author tour)"
Controversial performance artist Finley, who sent up self-help groups in Enough Is Enough (not reviewed), gives her downtown edge to household goddess Martha Stewart and other icons of supermarket domesticity. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Because he can'') that even the angriest fan will turn away. (First serial to Esquire; author tour)"
Nothing new in this angry diatribe from sports columnist and novelist Lupica (Jump, 1995, etc.): Professional athletes and team owners are arrogant, selfish, and greedy; the fans are fed up; and somebody should do something about it. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"For cigar zealots, old and new, here's another accoutrement to place beside the humidor and the clipper. (illustrations and cigar ratings, not seen)"
Here's a guidebook for the new generation of affluent stogie enthusiasts. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"An empowering message for concerned parents. (Author tour)"
Cogent evidence that media violence encourages aggression, desensitization, and pessimism in young people, combined with clear advice to parents on how to protect their children. Read full book review >
FOOLS' NAMES, FOOLS' FACES by Andrew Ferguson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Flaws aside, this is rarely a dull book, but it is carelessly compiled, and Ferguson spends too much time looking over other writers' shoulders."
A collection of short, somewhat topical, somewhat humorous essays by a self-described ``journalistic hit man.'' From H.L. Mencken to Tom Wolfe to P.J. O'Rourke the right has enjoyed a proud tradition of wickedly acerbic and satirical cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE EROTIC IN SPORTS by Allen Guttmann
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 3, 1996

"But it's not always clear what Guttmann is arguing for or against. (48 illustrations, not seen)"
A scholarly, often lively if inconclusive treatise that suggests that ``there is an inherent erotic element'' in sports and that we should be candid about it, as were the ancient Greeks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An intelligent, fair, fascinating portrait of a seminal figure in American ballet. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vigorous, finely balanced reporting job on the late Robert Joffrey and his ever-popular dance company. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >