Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 1996

"For those truly interested in finding out about Stern, his radio show is much more entertaining and revealing than this pallid, perfunctory bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to the Los Angeles Times Magazine)"
Despite brash touting as being unauthorized, this uninspired biography of the shock-jock is as mild as they come. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: July 25, 1996

"Englade might have done better to restrict his tale to one or two of its threads and explore in greater depth the world of wealth of which we get only a glimpse here."
Englade has a gripping tale of sordid doings in the super-rich world of show horses, but his narrative runs out of steam long before it reaches its conclusion. Read full book review >

ORION'S LEGACY by Charles Bergman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 15, 1996

"While some passages are sharply insightful, there's too much that's dry, bewildering, and nearly unreadable."
Some bloodless writing hinders Bergman's otherwise intriguing examination of hunting as the most powerful metaphor we have for defining what it means to be male. Read full book review >
IN BLACK AND WHITE by Kenneth L. Shropshire
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 15, 1996

"Anyone desiring to be informed about race issues and sports should read it."
A prominent sports-law specialist sends down an indictment of racism in sports that is occasionally dense and difficult to read but impossible to ignore. Read full book review >
GANGSTA by Ronin Ro
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 12, 1996

"A well-aimed but not totally credible call for responsibility in an influential industry."
One disillusioned hip-hop journalist's chronicle of the rise and decline of a musical form and a culture he believed in. ``Gangsta rap is destroying hip-hop,'' Ro asserts. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 12, 1996

"It's the literary equivalent of a knuckleball; good on occasions but difficult to handle. (photos, not seen)"
A tiresome ``gonzo'' journalism account of mid-1970s life on the road with a big league ballclub. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1996

"An essential accompaniment to the first, still-thrilling punk records, this preposterously entertaining document just reeks with all the brilliance and filth of the Blank Generation. (illustrations, not seen)"
Punk's chaotic energy and revolutionary spirit come through vividly in this mesmerizing account of American punk. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1996

"Only star-gazing film buffs will be disappointed. (121 b&w photos)"
Kreimeier, former cultural editor of the German magazine Der Spiegel, traces the history of the film company that is synonymous with the golden era of German film. Read full book review >
HAROLD ARLEN by Edward Jablonski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 1996

"Though at times overconsiderate (the subject remains unnecessarily saintly through some questionably racist musicals, dalliances with other women, etc.), this definitive book draws Arlen with complexity and clarity. (illustrations, not seen)"
An efficacious reconsideration of a songwriter whose career exemplified the cross-pollination of black and white popular music. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 19, 1996

"A dead-on, damning indictment of Hollywood cupidity, stupidity, and excess. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Vanity Fair)"
From Final Cut to The Devil's Candy, there are any number of well-told tales of epic motion picture disasters, but they all pale in comparison to this detailed, devastating account of the grandest debacle of them all. Read full book review >
LESBIANISM MADE EASY by Helen Eisenbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1996

An insider's sophomoric paean to the lesbian way of life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 19, 1996

"Of course, by deriving broad, fixed meaning from fragments of an atomized culture, he's not only contradicting himself, but revealing that he's an old fogy who can't hang ten on chaos. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kaffee-klatsch musings masquerade as visionary insight in this hopelessly square Baedeker to what we can learn from today's youth, or ``screenager,'' culture. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >