Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

MATTY by Ray Robinson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A salutary but dull story, in these days of I-me-mine players, about a time of golden boys and Golden Years."
Robinson—who's established himself as the literary equivalent of a .270 hitter with a string of solid but unmemorable baseball books (Iron Horse, 1990, etc.)—maintains his average with this bio of pitching great Christy Mathewson (1880-1925). ``Big Six,'' the sportswriters called him, for reasons lost in time—perhaps the only mysterious thing about Mathewson. Read full book review >
BLOODTIES by Ted Kerasote
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A winning hand of up-to-date cards in the deadly serious hunting game."
A potent exploration of the gray line between ``sport'' and subsistence hunting. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Its primary appeal, though, is to students of operatic history and those who have permanently left their hearts in you-know-where. (Illustrations)"
A meticulously researched history of operatic music as performed in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the Civil War. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Provocative perspectives on a McLuhanesque principle—the medium is the message."
A perceptive, albeit none-too-sanguine, appreciation of the literally earth-shaking ways in which space-age communications technologies are reordering the world in the wake of the cold war- -which they helped to end. Read full book review >
THE MUSE IS ALWAYS HALF-DRESSED IN NEW ORLEANS by Andrei Codrescu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1993

Essayist and editor, poet and professor, columnist, novelist, radio commentator, scriptwriter, translator, and all-round man-of-letters Codrescu (Road Scholar) presents his latest collection of essays. Read full book review >

ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE by Barney Hoskyns
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 21, 1993

"Though relying heavily on others' material, a well-written, enjoyable account of a 60s legend."
British journalist Hoskyns (Vogue, Spin, etc.) wends his way through 60s mythology and the mystique of the remarkable rock group known as The Band' to deliver a nicely readable, straightforward bit of pop-music history. Read full book review >
JUST TELL ME WHEN TO CRY by Richard Fleischer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 15, 1993

"Top-flight tales from a director modest about his works and days."
Merry Memoirs by Hollywood director Fleischer, helmsman of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Boston Strangler, Fantastic Voyage, Doctor Doolittle, Mandingo, Compulsion, and 43 other films. Read full book review >
DANCING LEDGE by Derek Jarman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 12, 1993

"Many excellent pages, many grandly impolite (if less hostile than At Your Own Risk). (Eighty-eight b&w photographs, including shots of male nudes at low ebb)"
Reconstructed memoir of ``my Queerlife'' of the 1970's that's a companion volume to British filmmaker Jarman's At Your Own Risk (1992), which told of his first five decades as well as of his thoughts since testing HIV-positive five years ago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1993

"Though foulmouthed, Loesser grows on you wonderfully through his daughter's eyes."
Engaging life of brilliant lyricist, songwriter, and composer Frank Loesser (1910-69), whose genius with words brings life to this loving biography by his daughter (a journalist, editor, geologist, etc., who's been published in Life and Family Circle). Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

"Best for country-music buffs and scholars, particularly with its descriptions of the Nashville growth years in the 50's and 60's. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Country boy from dirt poverty makes millions as a Nashville publisher/producer/writer. Read full book review >
ANIMATING CULTURE by Eric Smoodin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 17, 1993

A crisply written academic investigation of the politics of the Hollywood cartoon from roughly 1930 to 1960. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >