Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"An intriguing book if you ignore its dramatic, somewhat unsubstantiated premise."
Here's the argument from media expert Turow (Annenberg School of Communications/Univ. of Penn.): The current price of targeting advertising to highly defined market segments is dividing the country into increasingly insular groups of people who care only about others like themselves. Read full book review >
WRY MARTINIS by Christopher Buckley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"These wry martinis make a good case for teetotaling. (Book-of- the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
Despite a few sparks of wit, this lightly humorous collection of occasional pieces misfires badly. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Where else could you learn that it takes a village to grow a neocortex or that, to reproduce the best genes, women network and men advertise?"
Fascinating theories and cogent insights into why and how we use language, as learned from our simian relatives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"But Jourdain knows enough to keep us listening."
A layman's primer on the psychology and history of the human response to music. Read full book review >
AGAINST ALL ODDS by Alan Nebauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"Taciturn and terse, he is true to form to the last. (60 illustrations, not seen)"
An exceedingly deadpan account of a challenge race, an entire circumnavigation of the globe, from a professional (and impoverished) Australian sailor. Read full book review >

JOHN WAYNE'S AMERICA by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"A major achievement in cultural criticism that will not be easily surpassed. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 18 previous books, Wills (Witches and Jesuits, 1994, etc.) brings his usual insightful and far-reaching erudition to bear on one of the most culturally important ``stars'' America has ever produced. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 1997

"Ditto for other cities contemplating the construction of a new stadium."
This dense and sometimes difficult financial analysis leads to easily understood and sensible conclusions about the business of sports. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 12, 1997

This collection of essays by hot novelist Wallace (Infinite Jest, 1996, etc.) is sometimes tiresome but often truly rewarding. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS WITH FELLINI by Constanzo Costantini
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 6, 1997

"A 10 for Fellini, an 8´ for Costantini. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Spanning more than 40 years, this collection of Italian journalist Costantini's interviews with Fellini is a cinephile's delight. Read full book review >
MINOR PLAYERS, MAJOR DREAMS by Brett H. Mandel
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"While his descriptions and characterizations are evocative, even poignant, the author appears tentative about how to approach his subject, producing a narrative that veers uncertainly from documentary to nostalgic celebration. (16 photos)"
A baseball fan chucks the 9-to-5 world to write about a season in minor-league baseball. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But most of Virtuous Reality comes off as old material repackaged and peppered with some vituperative commentary. (illustrations, not seen)"
A preachy, uninspired tract on the technological, moral, and media changes in America, by Wired magazine's media critic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Very likable, but essentially a string of anecdotes that don't cohere into anything larger."
A witty, often endearing throwaway memoir of a young musician's professional coming-of-age in the '60s and early '70s. 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 >