Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

A prominent commentator on nationalism and ethnic violence reflects on the destructive power of ethnic warfare and the redemptive potential of modern universal human-rights culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 2, 1998

"Nevertheless, this book is a novel and notable examination of sports from a purely mercantilist angle."
The author of The Warren Buffet Way turns his sights on another successful financial colossus, the National Association of Stock Car Automobile Racers, better known as NASCAR. Read full book review >

THE HISTORY OF THE SHIP by Richard Woodman
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

Coracle, curragh, and carrack, tramp and dreadnought, opium clipper and Scotch boilerships all, and all lovingly detailed in this shrewd encyclopedic history of seafaring (complete with a dash of danger and romance) from Woodman (author of the Captain Drinkwater novels: A Private Revenge, 1990, etc.), who spent his working life under the red ensign. Read full book review >
THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES by Eve Ensler
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"You might have to be a woman to appreciate the humor and poignancy here, but women will. (Author tour)"
An adaptation of performance pieces from Ensler's Obie Awardwinning one-woman show, inspired by several hundred interviews the playwright had with women about their genitals. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The result is a credible, if sometimes diffuse and overblown, account. (16 pages b&w photos)"
The NASCAR Winston Cup Tour stock-car racing series today is one of the most sophisticated and most lucrative games in the sporting world. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A valuable addition to cinema history, though marred by leftist sympathies that seldom allow for subtle analysis. (28 pages b&w illustrations)"
An impassioned celebration of a movement that depicted social issues at the birth of the big screen. Read full book review >
SURVIVING THE TOUGHEST RACE ON EARTH by Martin Dugard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Not everyone will feel the Raid's calling. (16 illustrations, not seen)"
In the true spirit of a participant/observer's way to knowledge, sports journalist Dugard tackles the vigorously insane sport of adventure racing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Morris equally convincingly shows history weighing heavily, for once, on Hollywood. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A certain modesty of scope, a specificity of observation, and an adherence to the ingrained understanding of a native are what make this ``the-making-of'' story a surprisingly successful book about the legacy of the civil rights movement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Not much more than a collection of truly horrifying stories, which is a shame for both the reader, who justifiably expects more, and for Douglas, who has more to offer. (Author tour)"
A look at rape-and-murder and its perpetrators by one of the men who invented the forensic art of psychological profiling. Read full book review >
THE BOAT by Tom Kelly
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 30, 1998

"Kelly spins gold from straw, a world from every mile he tramps and rows."
The boat in Kelly's (The Season, 1996, etc.) title—a 13-foot juniper-wood shallow-draft hunting skiff—is a springboard for the most delightful of reminiscences: light-footed, droll, its wisdom inferred rather than spoon-fed. Read full book review >
THE PRIVATE DEATH OF PUBLIC DISCOURSE by Barry Sanders
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 26, 1998

"But there may be an insurmountable problem here, for only those who already read books will read this one."
A sprawling, provocative conversation with loose ends that are the forgivable product of a literate mind grappling with big issues. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 21, 1998

"This invaluable contribution to the canon wars is rare manna from academia. (12 b&w photos)"
Theater critic, dramaturge, and Village Voice staff writer Solomon (English and Theater/City Univ. of New York Graduate Center) offers a fresh, authoritative view of the canon as the seat, not the nemesis, of postmodern gender theory. 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 >