Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1997

"Garfield is best when writing about himself, and the book is partly redeemed by the section on his own pursuits, which contains essays on tourism, house and car shopping, and hunting, all in a Dave Barryish vein."
According to NPR commentator Garfield, the American Dream is less about white picket fences and two cars in the garage and far more about ``the pursuit of happiness.'' As the humorist proves, the pursuit, while often noble, is just as often fruitless. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF GOLF by William Hallberg
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997


RAY GUN by Dean Kuipers
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"The anthology offers a stunning gallery of cutting-edge design, but its highly experimental mix of images and text is likely to make it of interest only to designers and the already initiated."
This anthology drawn from the pages of Ray Gun, one of the most visually idiosyncratic and original music magazines now being published, demonstrates just how consistently inventive and challenging the design of the magazine is but doesn't make the ``new niche cool'' publication any easier to understand. Read full book review >
TO TIMBUKTU by Mark Jenkins
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"While the narrative's occasional sluggishness and sometimes boastful prose can be heavy wading, the subject matter ought to hold the interest of like-minded adventurers. (20 color photos, not seen)"
Some intrepid young men become the first outsiders to boat down the fearsome upper reaches of the Niger River. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A fascinating footnote to the history of the Nazi propaganda machine. (40 illustrations, not seen)"
The previously untold story of how the Nazi war machine used jazz and swing for propaganda. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A terrific read for golf fanatics, for those just turning to the game, and for fans of all sports. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
This gripping account of the 1960 US Open performs the near-impossible feat of making golf exciting and relevant even to those who have never picked up a club. Read full book review >
THREE CHORDS AND THE TRUTH by Laurence Leamer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"A disturbing, solid outing whose lessons will interest fans of all styles of pop music."
An exhaustive journey into the heart and cash-glutted soul of today's country-music scene that overturns many long-held perceptions about the field—and its fans. Read full book review >
HOWARD HAWKS by Todd McCarthy
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"It portrays in wide-screen format a life until now presented only in sketches. (16 pages photos, not seen)"
A pleasingly thorough, if not critically groundbreaking, retrospective of the works and life of Hollywood's most versatile (and, to some cineasts, best) director. Read full book review >
MOVIES AS POLITICS by Jonathan Rosenbaum
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"First-rate film criticism labored by second-rate social analysis."
A spirited, frequently tendentious, collection of essays and reviews dissecting some of the more notable films of the last 20 years. Read full book review >
SOME OF ME by Isabella Rossellini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"The relaxed, breezy, straightforward tone of these brief pieces is startlingly effective: It's rather like spending a long evening listening to a hectic, disarmingly honest (and charmingly ironic) stream-of- consciousness monologue. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A collage of autobiographical recollections by the model and actress, featuring wry insights on her professions (for her first Vogue cover, in 1982, she was paid $150; there are some fascinating glimpses of her work with the director David Lynch, ``the Jimmy Stewart from Mars''), reflections on her famous parents (the director Roberto Rossellini, who conducted much of his life from his bed, even keeping a film-editing table next to it, and the actress Ingrid Bergman, who ``loved acting most and above all''), droll, chatty passages on everything from bras to the true meaning of glamour, and frank descriptions of such matters as the therapeutic uses of lying and her idiosyncratic habit of holding discussions with her ``ghosts'' (principally, her mother and father) at particularly stressful moments. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1997

"A simple story, simply told, with the emphasis on hard work, concentration, and trust in God. (15 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Miss America of 1995, profoundly deaf since she was a toddler, reveals how she claimed the tiara. 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 >