Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 292)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 2, 1998

"The story is a good one, and Hankins hawks his clothes on the Home Shopping Network, but it's hard to imagine the network's viewers feeling they need quite so thorough a record of events in the life of someone who is, after all, still rather young and whose name is not yet on everyone's lips."
An exceedingly detailed and discursive memoir by the young African-American fashion designer responsible for a very successful line of inexpensive women's wear who in only a few years went from a job in the quality assurance department at J.C. Penny to heading (at the ripe age of 28) his own clothing company, with annual revenues in excess of $40 million. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1998

"Although there is much to enjoy here, the overall impression is that of a book by a man who really didn't want to write one. (Author tour)"
A grab-bag of reminiscences, commentaries, bright jokes, and dark thoughts by a gifted comedy writer. Read full book review >

CENTRAL AVENUE SOUNDS by Clora Bryant
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"An important book for jazz historians, but it could have been so much more. (b&w photos, not seen)"
With a long list of editors, this oral history is the product of a committee, composed mostly of musicians who lived and worked in Los Angeles during the heyday of the Central Avenue jazz scene. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Hackle would be better served with a framework that does more than simply reprint columns and excerpts with little or no logical order or context."
These columns, articles, and letters from the late fly-fishing writer Sparse Grey Hackle (a.k.a. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Caught somewhere between reportage and nostalgic blooey, the book slips away from the outfielder. (b&w photos)"
Playing the old nostalgia card, New Yorkbased baseball writer and radio personality Pepe (The Wit and Wisdom of Yogi Berra, 1974) strip-mines the decade for meaningful nuggets. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Still, a surrealistic tale of high-stakes thuggery."
A sloppy but repellently gripping history of the once eminent, now moribund Death Row record label. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"Unpersuasive and unsurprising. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A superficial glance at the presence of religion (really morality) in the lives of some prominent American athletes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"The book's tone is surprisingly naive, given the author's familiarity with the entertainment industry, and that's what gives it a certain dopey charm, but there's little here that will enlighten those interested in filmmaking, the Holocaust, or Spielberg. (photos, not seen)"
Palowski is a veteran Polish journalist who served as an informal guide and interpreter for Steven Spielberg during the making of Schindler's List; he kept a diary of sorts, and he now offers a distillation of its contents. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1998

"As the old saying goes, what's good here isn't original, and what's original isn't good."
Reemtsma is a philologist by training, a boxing buff by avocation, and the director of the Hamburg Institute for Social Research; as might be expected, he has a big agenda in this slender book. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 1998

"Intelligent, well-meaning, not without merit—but so drab compared to its vivid subjects. (8 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
An earnest attempt by the well-known scholar (Women, Culture, and Politics, 1989, etc.) and activist to see three great African-American singers as part of a black feminist tradition. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 9, 1998

A self-impressed, capriciously hit-and-miss collection of New York Daily News columns and longer thought pieces by jazz guru and social/cultural critic Crouch (The All-American Skin Game, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 9, 1998

Something is rotten in this collection of essays on film treatments of Shakespeare's plays. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >