Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

THE SECRET LIFE OF THE SEINE by Mort Rosenblum
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Alternating romantic and acerbic tones inspire admiration, if not always envy, for a historically revered culture."
A lively insider's look at life on the Seine from seasoned Associated Press correspondent Rosenblum (Who Stole the News?, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Although the book is a useful addition to the growing library of works on the Negro Leagues, Bak clearly had to pad what should have been a series of magazine articles on Stearnes and the Stars with extraneous material, much of which is available elsewhere."
Bak, a Detroit-based journalist (And Cobb Would Have Caught It, not reviewed) has added another chapter to the history of baseball's Negro Leagues with this generally interesting history of black professional baseball in the Motor City between the wars. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 1994

"A pedantic, one-dimensional exercise that in another day would have produced demands for equal time. (More than two-dozen illustrations—not seen.)"
A drab, ax-grinding account of the broadcast industry's formative years in the US. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 21, 1994

"A running, jumping biography that never stands still except for a final interview with Lester, now much more cautious about his projects."
Yule has written better-than-average lives of Al Pacino, Sean Connery, and David Puttnam, among other works; here, Richard Lester only seems a lesser figure until you weigh his full plate of achievements. Read full book review >
THE NAME OF THE GAME by Jerry Gorman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 16, 1994

"An evenhanded reckoning on big-time sport as a business."
Savvy, anecdotal perspectives on the mercenary aspects of professional sport in North America from a pair of Ernst & Young consultants whose clientele encompasses the blue-chip likes of major league baseball's Office of the Commissioner and the NBA. Read full book review >

MY LIFE--IN SPITE OF MYSELF! by Roy Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 10, 1994

"A reader is left feeling that one of the good guys has found success, but with little insight into what, beyond talent and hard work, might have raised him to the top. (B&w photos—32 pages—not seen)"
Roy Clark, the genial multi-instrumentalist and longtime host of TV's Hee Haw, tells the story of his rags-to-riches climb to stardom. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE THAT ROONE BUILT by Marc Gunther
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 10, 1994

An informative account of how made-for-the-medium showman Roone Arledge turned ABC TV's news operation into a popular and respected source of programming. Read full book review >
THALBERG by Roland Flamini
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 1994

"An essential glimpse into the hot center of early filmmaking. (B&w photographs)"
Second full-fledged life of Irving G. Thalberg (the first being Bob Thomas's Thalberg, 1969), the Hollywood boy- wonder/producer (1899-1936) upon whom F. Scott Fitzgerald drew for his hero Monroe Stahr in The Last Tycoon. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"These one-liner sideshows are an acquired taste, but at his best—which can be good indeed—Alford offers genuinely rueful takes on comic aspects of the urban experience."
The journalistic equivalent of a performance artist, Alford dreams up antic minidramas in which he can play at least a supporting role, stages them, and then reviews the results. Read full book review >
THE ICE OPINION by Ice-T
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"You deal from a 150,000 first printing to even make 'em hear you."
Los Angelino rap musician Ice-T unbuttons his shirt about ghetto life and the storm that hit when his song ``Cop Killer'' seemingly fueled a weak-minded kid to murder a cop. Read full book review >
PENNANT RACES by Dave Anderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1994

"There are contemporary photos throughout the consistently absorbing text."
If baseball championships are sprints, the pennant races that lead to divisional playoffs and/or the World Series are marathons during which literally hundreds of little-remembered events or moments can play important roles in determining outcomes. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1994

"Ribowski's first-rate take on the national pastime brings to vivid life what Paige and his contemporaries accomplished on their Jim Crow field of dreams. (16 pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
An unsentimentally revealing biography of the legendary black pitcher, and a history of the catch-as-catch-can Negro leagues where he first flourished. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >