Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

Released: Dec. 17, 1993

"As a brief history of the evolution of Hollywood cartoons, though, this could hardly be improved. (B&w illustrations)"
An aggressively didactic history of the animated cartoon from the days before Mickey Mouse to the rise (or fall, depending on your feelings about the Flintstones) of Hanna-Barbera's 137 TV programs. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 15, 1993

"A cake you eat for its raisins. (Twenty b&w photographs)"
A history of the Hollywood factory system that leaps, handy- dandy, between the intimate and the commonplace, drawing from hundreds of interviews with Tinseltown folk conducted by the Southern Methodist University Oral History Program, which Davis (Hollywood Beauty, 1991) founded. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 9, 1993

More than any other event, WW II transformed the relationship between Hollywood and American culture, Doherty (American Studies/Brandeis) announces at the outset of this uncommonly wide-ranging social history—and proceeds to support his argument with surprising success. Read full book review >
ASCENSION by Eric Nisenson
Released: Dec. 3, 1993

"Coltrane'' than any other musician—but, unfortunately, he, too, generates more hot air than light."
An adulatory account of the musical achievements of jazz saxophonist John Coltrane. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A well-documented case (though padded with TV plots and dialogue, as well as with surveys) that the TV marketplace transmits not children's culture but that of toy companies."
Big business proves the villain in Kline's informed discussion of how TV-marketing experts have manipulated children's views of culture. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 1993

Many people, deciding to quit smoking, go cold turkey; others use nicotine gum or a patch. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"In general, though, this is mediocre sportswriting, saccharine and banal—but with golf lacking a Roger Angell or a Roger Kahn, it's about the best that golfers are being offered these days, which is one reason, no doubt, why it'll drive, not putt, onto the bestseller lists."
Follow-up to golf instructor Penick's megabestselling Harvey Penick's Little Red Book (1992—not reviewed), featuring further discrete nuggets of grandfatherly advice from the now-88-year-old author. Read full book review >
THE LAKERS by Roland Lazenby
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Captures the glory days, as well as moments both sweet and bitter. (Photographs—eight pages color, eight pages b&w—not seen)"
A lively history of the Los Angeles Lakers, focusing on Earvin ``Magic'' Johnson's infection with the HIV virus. Read full book review >
WAY OUT WEST by Jane Stern
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"All in all, then, a lopsided, outdated guide, best suited for those who still think that Custer died with his boots on. (Photographs—200 b&w and 300 color)"
And somewhere out in left field, too: The Sterns' new addition to their popular volumes of Americana (The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, Sixties People, Elvis World, etc.) tackles ``the West of the imagination''—the West mythologized by dime novels, TV, and films; populated by singing cowboys who kiss their horses, Indians who raise their right hands and say ``How,'' and pesky ``critters'' like rattlesnakes and scorpions; and redolent with the scent of hot chili and chicken-fried steak. Read full book review >
UPSIDE YOUR HEAD! by Johnny Otis
Released: Nov. 19, 1993

"Essentially a cranky look at politics and today's pop music. (Seventy-five b&w photos)"
Hodgepodge of essays, reminiscences, and radio-interview transcripts by L.A.-based R&B drummer/concert promoter/songwriter Otis. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 16, 1993

"Films we thought lost to oblivion arise freshly christened here, ready to dance. (One hundred b&w photographs)"
Well-written, enjoyable survey of the American-born gangster film from D.W. Griffith to Martin Scorsese, with bows to Kurosawa, Godard, and the English division of gunmen. Read full book review >
THE GAME SHOW KING by Chuck Barris
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Gong! (Photographs—not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
Raunchy, disorderly memoir from the man who bestowed The Gong Show, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and other entertainments on the American public. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >