Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

IF YOU LEAVE ME, CAN I COME TOO? by Cynthia Heimel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 1995

"Still, repetitive if taken in large doses. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Humorist Heimel dishes out more of the same in her latest collection of brief takes on love, life, and relationships (most previously published in Playboy and the Village Voice). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 1995

"An altogether balanced, revealing and enjoyable study."
A meticulous, heartfelt chronicle of a baseball minor league's struggle to return to the game the fun and intimacy that's all too often missing from the major league game. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 15, 1995

"Pretty wonderful, a treasure trove for lovers of music or American social history."
An engrossing panorama of New York concert life in the middle of the last century, when the latest Verdi opera was still a subject of hot debate and America had not yet ``museum-ized'' good music. Read full book review >
DiMAGGIO by Joseph Durso
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 1995

"Otherwise, nothing special. (b&w photos, not seen)"
New York Times sportswriter Durso (Madison Square Garden, 1979, etc.) adds a tepid volume to the lengthy shelf on the fabled Yankee Clipper. Read full book review >
A GOOD WALK SPOILED by John Feinstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 5, 1995

"It's not A Season on the Brink, but even baseball stalwarts languishing for a sports fix might find this compulsively readable. (17 b&w photos, not seen)"
Best-selling sportswriter Feinstein (Running Mates, 1992, etc.) turns his attention to a new sport, golf, with this chronicle of a year on the men's pro tour. Read full book review >

MY USUAL GAME by David Owen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Although readers who play will get more out of it, even non- golfers will find much to amuse them in this excellent collection. (Author tour)"
Owen's usual game is golf and, as might be expected from the author of The Walls Around Us (1991), this book displays his usual wit. Read full book review >
TOO SOON TO TELL by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"The perfect antidote to the smirky, mean-spirited humor so popular these days. (author tour)"
The prolific New Yorker journalist and gourmand collects the best from the last four years of his syndicated column—a healthy dose of common sense and amiable cynicism. Read full book review >
THE SLIGHTLY OLDER GUY by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Slight, but for Friedman's target demographic, reliably fun. (illustrations)"
A veteran humorist offers wry and shticky counsel on how to survive the ``rough patch'' of incipient male aging. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"The reader must care about the Hays family to be interested in this cross between a rite of passage and a sea passage, but the voyagers deserve accolades for this hazardous journey."
In an account combining elements of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and a sensitivity training group, a father and son courageously voyage around the tip of South America, challenging the elements, their sailing prowess, and their capacity to get along. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"For Hitchcock buffs a boon, but a disappointing effort that should have been better. (50 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Movie star Leigh (There Really Was a Hollywood, 1984) teams with freelancer Nickens (Brando, not reviewed) to give the real dish on the making of her most famous film, one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"For each downbeat there's an upbeat: an explosion of phosphorescence in the surf, an uncorrupted slice of shoreline, even the occasional relaxed day with his wife. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The uneasy but well-crafted story of a long paddle down the Sea of Cortes, from Waterman (In the Shadow of Denali, 1994). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Despite its shortcomings, a useful study of one of the less examined dark corners of American sport. (First serial to Golf Digest)"
For a sport that promotes itself as ``the game for a lifetime'' for everyone, golf has a pretty sorry record where women are concerned, and Chambers recounts some of the key battles. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >