Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

BLACK STUDIES, RAP, AND THE ACADEMY by Jr. Baker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 1993

"But, on balance, Baker offers here a float across jargon-choked shallows."
From former M.L.A. president Baker (English and Black Studies/University of Pennsylvania): four essays in defense of Black Studies and rap that tend to grow muddled and slip from your grasp. ``Black Studies: A New Story'' offers a superficial glance at what brought Black Studies into being (``What was required...was a revocabularization of academic discourse'') and at how the new discipline was greeted by the establishment (``What generally occurred...was moral panic as a function of territorial contestation''). Read full book review >
MUSICAL GUMBO by Grace Lichtenstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 1993

"Should inspire many new visitors to the Crescent city and hip them to what's been cooking there all these years."
A casual yet palatable guide to the music of New Orleans that serves up its spicy musical and historical matter in high style. Read full book review >

THE FIRST YEAR by John Mosedale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

Time flies when you're having fun: that's the message of these congenial essays on retirement by Mosedale (The Men Who Invented Broadway, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 1993

The well-told story of how Baltimore came to have a jewel of a ballpark rather than a cookie-cutter stadium for its only remaining major-league franchise, the Orioles. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF THEATER by David Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

"An insightful psychology of actors and audiences that offers inspiration for young actors and an absorbing read for those who love the theater. (Thirty-four photographs)"
Drawing on his two-year series of public interviews with top thespians conducted at N.Y.C.'s New School, Tony Award-winning producer Black conveys the work behind theater's ``magic''—the motivation and training of actors, the mechanics of production, and the essential role of the audience. Read full book review >

WALT DISNEY by Marc Eliot
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Very readable, actually quite laudable, work. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen)"
Muckraking, unauthorized biography of Disney that nonetheless paints such a rending picture of his childhood and young manhood that one forgives most of his later lapses. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Funny and smart: a great way for beset urban women to chase the blues."
Heimel's new collection takes up where her last one (If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?, 1991) ended: In 36 short pieces previously published in Playboy, the Village Voice, and the Independent, the humorist parades the goofy, smart, obsessive-yet-perceptive persona that many downtown Manhattan- dwellers have come to identify with. Read full book review >
MY LIFE AS A FAN by Wilfrid Sheed
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

The prolific Sheed (Baseball and Lesser Sports, 1991, and many others) on his childhood love of baseball, pitched with typical Sheedian wit and warmth. Read full book review >
JIM MURRAY by Jim Murray
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

"An engaging potpourri from a perceptive observer."
Selective reminiscences from a Pulitzer-winning sports columnist that, though several bricks shy of an autobiographical load, offer a host of pleasures for fans of big-time athletics and celebrities—and of fine writing. Read full book review >
CON BRIO by Nat Brandt
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

"As the world that shaped this paragon fades, the legacy remains, thanks to modern technology and this sympathetic record. (Valuable discography and 26 halftones)"
A relaxed and engaging portrait of the incomparable chamber- music ensemble (1917-67) and its four most important principals, gracefully interwoven into a history of string-quartet playing in America. Read full book review >
LOVE MATCH by Sandra Faulkner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Numerous questions go begging in the emotion-laden, self- serving text—making this hardly the work by which to judge Navratilova, the pair's relationship, or, for that matter, Nelson herself. (Illustrations)"
Former Texas beauty-queen Nelson tells—as written by sociologist Faulkner—of her eight-year affair with tennis great Martina Navratilova, as well as of the pair's litigious breakup and eventual out-of-court settlement. Read full book review >
THE FIFTIES by David Halberstam
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Compulsively readable, with familiar events and people grown fresh in the telling."
In The Best and the Brightest, The Powers That Be, and The Reckoning, Halberstam proved that he can master intimidating subjects with aplomb—and in this massive tome on a convulsive decade in American life, he meets with equal success. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >