Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

OPERA IN PARIS, 1800-1850 by Patrick Barbier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"The fat lady won't stay around long to sing for this one."
More than you want or need to know about a minor era in operatic history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Thought-provoking in parts, abstruse in others."
In her first book, a performer and art critic offers a potpourri on cultural border-crossings. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Focusing on the brevity of life, White reminds her readers that every moment has its unique value."
Quirky and evocative sketches that capture the human spirit and the passing of a simpler and more genteel era. Read full book review >
CROSSROADS by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 1995

"Meatier than the average fan bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An evenhanded biography that humanizes the guitar hero once dubbed ``God'' by his adoring fans. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 1995

"A book that will engross lawyer and layperson alike."
An engaging and exceedingly readable collection of essays on legal matters both great and modest. Read full book review >

LISTEN TO THE STORIES by Nat Hentoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 1995

"Hentoff combines a fan's passion, a scholar's mind, and a poet's sensibility to illuminate one of the most elusive and distinctly American phenomena-jazz musicians and their music."
Hentoff covers the big-band and bebop eras with style and grace, providing insights into the lives and work of such greats as Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. Read full book review >
MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE by Michael Powell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 1995

"A book of charm and panache, this is a lovely legacy. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The second half of Powell's autobiography, like the first, shows the British filmmaker to be an exceptionally fine writer. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD by Blaise Cendrars
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"A curious period piece. (1 b&w photo, not seen; 29 b&w line drawings)"
French modernist Cendrars (18871961) provides a fitfully amusing account of the American movie industry circa 1936. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Of limited interest to the general reader, though it will inspire discussion in the musicological community."
A wide-ranging, jargon-laden discussion of African-American music. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"For die-hard Herman fans only. (40 b&w photos, not seen)"
A profusion of facts inundates this biography/oral history of one of the most underrated figures in jazz, bandleader/singer/reedman Woody Herman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"A few good laughs and a punch or two to the gut."
A collection of generally ephemeral comedy by gay and lesbian writers and performers. Read full book review >
ALONG THE EDGE OF AMERICA by Peter Jenkins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Not without diverting moments, but not the odyssey Jenkins wants us to think, either. (color and b&w photos)"
The Gulf Coast beckons and Jenkins (Across China, 1986, etc.) heeds its call in this mildly entertaining, slow trawl through southern waters. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frances Stroh
author of BEER MONEY
May 6, 2016

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself; while Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million. But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. “The author’s family might have successfully burned through a massive fortune, but they squandered a lot more than that,” our reviewer writes about Stroh’s debut memoir, Beer Money. “A sorrowful, eye-opening examination of familial dysfunction.” View video >