Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

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 >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1994

"Not as thrilling as a Bird-McHale-Parish charge to the basket, but good enough for those who never saw—or who want to recapture—the real thing. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Bill, Hillary, and Al? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 31, 1993

"However Jeffords may stretch in some interpretations of individual films, she gives welcome new definition to the whole idea of the body politic. (Forty-two b&w photographs)"
Something new on the storied relation between Hollywood models and American culture in the Reagan years: an impressively documented, though frequently strained, argument that films like Rambo and Robocop rehearsed the same images of masculinity manufactured for the personal benefit of the era's leading politicians. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
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 >
CIGARETTES ARE SUBLIME by Richard Klein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

Many people, deciding to quit smoking, go cold turkey; others use nicotine gum or a patch. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >