Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

TALES OF A RAT-HUNTING MAN by D. Brian Plummer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Plummer coaxes nobility (he would cringe at the word) from his craft, for as a rat hunter he is shrewd, encyclopedic, beneficent, and mesmeric. (line drawings)"
The outlandish sport of ratting is imbued with character and purpose by the square-pegged pen of British novelist and sportswriter Plummer. Read full book review >
JACKIE ROBINSON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Somewhat languidly paced but nevertheless gripping, this oustanding biography is in every way worthy of its esteemed subject. (24 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 200,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Avoiding the sentimentality surrounding the 50th anniversary of Robinson's major-league debut, Rampersad compellingly projects his life against the backdrop of the persons and institutions that affected him and that he, in turn, helped to change. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The book's obvious title, already used for a Monk documentary, is a perfect tipoff that Gourse has little to say about her subject that is imaginative or useful. (photos, not seen)"
A ramshackle biography of the legendary jazz innovator. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"One glorious pachyderm and one cracking story. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The simply astonishing, exhilarating story—complete with high adventure, betrayal, and resurrection—of Modoc, elephant extraordinaire, told by Helfer (The Beauty of the Beasts, 1990). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A bumpy ride, but given the itinerary, was any less expected? (b&w and color photos, not seen)"
Wintering in Antarctica is a lark compared with getting there and back in a small sailboat, as Shapiro and Bjelke (freebooters out of Sweden) tell it. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"A fascinating glimpse of life inside Graham's charmed circle, and a moving record of one dancer's determined pursuit of a career. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
An satisfying dancer's tale of struggle and survival. Read full book review >
AMERICA'S GREAT COMIC-STRIP ARTISTS by Richard Marschall
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1997

"A handsome, lively introduction to the genre. (250 color and b&w illustrations)"
A swiftly paced and engrossing survey of the lives and careers of the most influential and original creators of comic strips, ranging across the hundred-year history of the genre. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"For diehards only."
In a rather extreme act of completist devotion, two Beatlemaniacs describe in bleak detail the woeful January 1969 recording sessions that were more selectively documented in the film Let It Be. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"Without this to complete the picture, the accounts of his repeated failings lack either context or interest. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
A diffuse and hype-riddled profile of world soccer's ``bad boy.'' Burns, a correspondent for Britain's Financial Times, pieces together the career of Diego Maradona, which saw remarkable heights and depths—often in quick succession. Read full book review >
IN THE SLICK OF THE CRICKET by Russell Drumm
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1997

"A first-rate story of a person and place out of time; thanks Mundus, thanks Drumm, thanks Pushcart. (photos)"
A superb portrait of a white-shark fishing guide—deft and sparingly, beautifully written. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

This lean, mean, scabrously honest account of the making of Natural Born Killers amply proves the truism that moviemaking is a ``controlled accident.'' What goes on behind the scenes of certain movies is often a better, more involving story than what appears on-screen. Read full book review >
MY LIFE WITH BARBRA by Barry Dennen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"A full and rare look at Streisand before she disappeared into a fog of myth and publicity. (14 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Life with Barbra, when she was Barbara, from the former boyfriend who helped set her on the road to fame and fortune. 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 >