Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

MICK JAGGER by Christopher Sandford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1994

"Sandford may manage to inch closer to the real Jagger, but only die-hard fans will be caught up in his account."
A sloppily rendered bio of the Rolling Stones' lead singer offers glimpses of a more human Mick Jagger than previously seen, but gets mired in contradictions and the details of the group's long decline. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 8, 1994

"Recommended for students of both sport and society."
A spritely, subtly reasoned consideration of women and sports- -a study that goes beyond the historical record to examine athletics as both a reflection of and a challenge to culturally enforced notions of gender. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"Perhaps too close to the situation, the authors fail to capture what in other hands might have been a unique and inspiring story. (Eight pages of photographs—not seen)"
About one of the NBA's ``bad boys'': an uninspired, sometimes sketchy account of Rodman's relationship with a rural family during his college days in Oklahoma. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 3, 1994

"But it hardly matters: he's still one of the game's most interesting personalities. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen)"
Hall-of-Fame cager Walton looks back at his injury-ridden college and NBA career. Read full book review >
TURNAROUND by Milos Forman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Milos Forman—and his coauthor, Prague novelist Jan Novak. (B&w photo insert—not seen)"
Warmblooded memoir by Americanized Czech filmmaker Forman, whose world went into turnaround when he decided to leave Communist Prague for capitalist Hollywood. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Well-intentioned but frustrating."
By amateur historian/jazzman Lester, the first bio of legendary jazz pianist Tatum. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Which is to say that this aptly titled book, while dandy, could have been softer. (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
A timely but stubbornly selective autobiography of Detroit's five-time African-American mayor, written with Wheeler (coauthor of Hank Aaron's I Had A Hammer, 1991). Read full book review >
ON THE REAL SIDE by Mel Watkins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"A careful balance of example and commentary—as filled with the voices and laughter of black humor as with the pain, injustice, indignities, and exclusion that gave rise to it."
In this timely, encyclopedic, personable history of African- American humor, Watkins (journalist, editor New York Times) offers in his rich examples and unpretentious analysis a history of a culture through its entertainment and, in a wider context, an explanation of the functions of laughter among minorities. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Tightly knit, wide-ranging, and well researched — with Gibson's own experience as a Gunsite Ranch trainee recounted: a profoundly troubling assessment of America at risk."
Powerful, deadly trends now present in US society are traced to a loss of male self-esteem and national pride following our defeat in Vietnam — in this fluid, captivating analysis from Gibson (Sociology/California State University; The Perfect War, 1986). Read full book review >
HARDBALL by Daniel Coyle
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 26, 1994

"The crack of the bat heard over the sound of gunfire: a testament to the innocent courage of children, as well as to their ability to endure in spite of all, including the adults. (Film rights sold to Paramount)"
An eye-opening chronicle of the fears, frustrations, and small triumphs of playing and coaching Little League baseball amid the squalor and violence of Chicago's Cabrini-Green housing project; by an editor at Outside magazine. Read full book review >
MASSENET by Demar Irvine
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

All critical cavil (a surfeit of detail, less than elegant writing, etc.) is swept away by the fact that this book addresses a pressing and long-standing need: a full, well-researched, carefully structured biography—in English—of one of the most underrated, unfairly patronized composers of the past 150 years. Read full book review >
IMAGES by Ingmar Bergman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"All told, stronger than his autobiography, The Magic Lantern (1988). (More than 200 b&w photographs)"
Warmly appealing, indispensable review of all his films by Swedish filmmaker Bergman as he sits down to look at each one, many of which he's not seen for 30 or 40 years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >