Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 5, 1998

It's always a valuable exercise when critics step out of the moment to subject our most established artistic institutions to the magnifying glass, for they become reliable bellwethers of larger cultural trends. Read full book review >
BE SWEET by Roy Blount
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 1998

"Perhaps not since Sophocles was working has there been such angst about Mama, but Blount's autobiography is fashioned by a talented writer at the top of his game; and it is real sweet, too."
Funny Roy Blount Jr. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"In the end, the mystery remains a mystery, perhaps because Hikari is unknowable, but Cameron's engrossing account seems likely to arouse interest in the works of both father and son."
A little book with a large agenda: to describe the uniquely interdependent relationship of Nobel Prize—winning Japanese novelist Kenzaburo Oe and his severely brain-damaged son, Hikari, scrutinize the fictionalized representations of Hikari that are central to Oe's novels, appraise Hikari's musical compositions, analyze the nature of creativity, and delve into the workings of the human brain. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"All this comes across as a proud father's gushing. (b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour; television satellite tour)"
The timing of this book's release would lead many to assume that Earl Woods is cashing in on his son's success—and they would be right. Read full book review >
FAMILY MAN by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1998

"He lives up to the book's title."
Trillin (Messages from My Father, 1996; Too Soon to Tell, 1995; etc.), ace reporter and effortless humorist that he is, turns to a decidedly domestic theme, uxorious and lovingly parental, in the latest of his score of entertaining texts. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"Rises above the usual fannish trivia to provide a surprisingly clear-eyed examination of what Trek means—and what that says about us. (For more on Star Trek, see Robert Jenkins and Susan Jenkins, Life Signs, p. 715.)"
Nominally a history of Star Trek, this book expands its mission to examining the deepest roots of the cultural phenomenon the TV show has become over the years. Read full book review >
PAPER TANGOS by Julie Taylor
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"An original and profound study of the power of a dance to express the heart of a culture."
paper 0-8223-2191-2 This very personal, idiosyncratic volume is not a celebration of the tango'so common these days—but a meditation on it as an expression of Argentine identity and history. Read full book review >
VERTIGO by Dan Auiler
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1998

"This book assumes the film's worth and through well-researched explication of its subtleties leads even skeptics to understand it, too. (50 b&w photos, 8 pages color photos, not seen)"
A yeomanlike study of one of the few deserving films not yet granted an entire book. Read full book review >
JAMES WHALE by James Curtis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"While this is not an in-depth, psychologically rich biography, and Curtis's writing tends to be wooden, as an account of Whale's work, it is first-rate. (60 b&w photos)"
A well-crafted, detailed biography of the director of such classics as Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and the 1936 version of Showboat. Read full book review >
SIMON & GARFUNKEL by Victoria Kingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"As throughout, the author's worshipful distance combines with both of her subjects— admirable disdain for airing dirty laundry to produce only the most glancing insights. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
With childlike adoration and prose to match, a British radio host and newspaper columnist has a go at Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel's intertwined careers. Read full book review >
SELECTED LETTERS OF SERGEI PROKOFIEV by Harlow Robinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 1998

"Readers should, however, make up their own minds about his politics."
An entertaining and useful selection of Prokofiev's correspondence with prominent figures in Soviet and ÇmigrÇ art, dance, and music circles that brims with the composer's personality and literary style. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 4, 1998

"Readers will likely suspect the fluidness of it all, particularly under the trying circumstances."
Life is unraveling on golf writer Dodson—his much-loved father has died (written about poignantly in Final Rounds, 1996), now his wife wants a divorce'so to blow a little clean air through his spiritual fuel lines, he heads west on a camping/fishing trip with his daughter. 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 >