Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"For all the detail she has amassed in her kitchen-sink narrative, moreover, DeGeorge never comes to grips with what makes Wayne run. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
If diligence alone could yield good biography, Business Week correspondent DeGeorge would have produced a blockbuster on high- profile tycoon H. Wayne Huizenga. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"So is her own story, and she tells it here with great style."
Alexander, who has anatomized the lives of Patty Hearst, Jean Harris, and others (Anyone's Daughter, 1979, etc.) now wields her scalpel gently but with precision as she dissects her own family history; what is laid bare is tantalizingly mysterious, profoundly sad, and always riveting. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A thoughtful, instructive survey on what may lie ahead on a winding road that's still under construction."
A down-to-earth guide to the digital revolution (a.k.a. Read full book review >
IRA GERSHWIN by Philip Furia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Ira was a master at breathing new life into old formulas with an urbane wit; Furia, unfortunately, is unable to do the same."
Furia, who has already attempted a general survey of the great American lyricists (Poets of Tin Pan Alley, 1990), turns his attention to the works of a giant of the field. Read full book review >
THE BOX by Jeff Kisseloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An always fascinating exploration of the rowdy, sometimes wonderful, sometimes appalling days of early television. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoroughly engrossing grab bag of memories of the dawn of television. Read full book review >

LEADER OF THE BAND by Gene Lees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A few high notes from the past, bathed in a warm, nostalgic glow. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
Workmanlike biography of a famed big bandsman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A workmanlike biography that will interest students of African-American studies. (47 halftones, not seen)"
The story of a child-prodigy pianist and journalist and her troubled family. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Makes you want to rush out to the nearest nightclub and check out the action."
Winer, a New Yorkbased journalist who covers musical theater and cabaret (coauthor of Sing Out, Louise!, not reviewed), spent a year on the cabaret circuit following its three dominant figures, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, and Julie Wilson, with serendipitous results. Read full book review >
RUBINSTEIN by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A book with something for almost everyone, and a worthy incentive to investigate Rubinstein's unique artistry. (photos, not seen)"
Sachs is explicitly out to set the record straight in this detailed, scholarly biography of the legendary pianist. Read full book review >
FALLING FROM GRACE by Terry Pluto
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Pluto offers sound and interesting solutions—such as stiff fines for technical fouls and zone defenses to bring back speed— but the good ideas get buried in what occasionally sounds like a sports-bar gripe session."
Perhaps the National Basketball Association is in trouble when one of its preeminent chroniclers can refer to the notorious Charles Barkley as one of the ``good guys.'' Pluto (The Curse of Rocky Colavito, 1994, etc.) laments that this once fast, offense-oriented game is going ``through a period of taunting, brawling, and championship teams that can't shoot.'' The games are low-scoring, there's too much trash talk, and the younger players, though superb athletes, fail to master the fundamentals. Read full book review >
OUR VAMPIRES, OURSELVES by Nina Auerbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"There's little reason to quibble, however, over this smart and snappy scholarly adventure story."
A vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America. Read full book review >
I AM SPOCK by Leonard Nimoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"It has no oomph. (Author tour)"
A disappointingly ordinary memoir by an extraordinary actor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >