Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

From Uncle Miltie to the moon launches to Wheel of Fortune, a briskly intelligent decade-by-decade analysis of the TV programs that have indelibly shaped American culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Not everyone may think it worthwhile to analyze the opening minutes of the talking-mule movie Francis; that Dick does so instructively will endear him to Universal's fans. (illustrations, not seen)"
Though not thorough enough to be definitive, this concise account of Universal's transformation from the silent era to the present is a useful resource for anyone interested in James Whale, Deanna Durbin, or Howard the Duck. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Just like the athletes Lee admires most, he and Wiley play their hearts out here, making this one of the best sports books of recent years. (8 pages of b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Commentary on professional basketball woven through a memoir and reflections on the state of late-20th-century, interracial America. Read full book review >
GLENN GOULD by Peter F. Ostwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

One of Gould's friends memorializes the virtuoso pianist. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"This is an important book for the way it highlights an active but underacknowledged field of cultural inquiry, and a study bound to prompt further debate. (96 photos, not seen)"
Synthesizing the remarkable work over the last 15 years of scores of cultural historians, theorists, and critics who have been engaged in documenting and analyzing the ubiquitous legacy of blackface minstrelsy and racial posing in 20th-century American culture, Gubar has assembled a comprehensive catalog of cross-racial iconography. Read full book review >

INVISIBLE REPUBLIC by Greil Marcus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Of course, a basic knowledge of Dylan's career is assumed by the author, but this rarely hampers an otherwise brilliant look at how America's often unseen folk tradition shaped one of America's greatest folk musicians."
Ostensibly about the recordings Bob Dylan made in the house called "Big Pink" in upstate New York, in 1967, veteran rock critic Marcus's study in fact uses the tapes more as a departure point for an innovative view of American folk music and folklore and how it shaped Dylan's imagination and career. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 28, 1997

"He might be out there stalking them, but no one will doubt Reiger's love of the striper after finishing this book. (22 line drawings, not seen)"
A pleasantly avuncular history and reminiscence of striped- bass fishing from Field and Stream conservation editor Reiger (Heron Hill Chronicle, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
DRACULA by Leonard Wolf
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 1997

"Only, perhaps, as a Dracula 101 introduction for the uninitiated does it really work. (30 b&w photos, 4 line drawings, not seen)"
Afraid of the dark? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 16, 1997

"But this is less an autobiography than a mildly entertaining, season-by-season commentary on his career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Radio satellite tour)"
This quiet, almost bland memoir of the Houston Rockets coach plays low-key counterpoint to the more raucous basketball bios of recent vintage. Read full book review >
NICKEL DREAMS by Tanya Tucker
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 1997

"But readers will come to like the singer well enough to wish her less interesting times. (16 pages color photos, not seen)"
Country legend Tanya Tucker tells her tumultuous life story with warmth and modesty. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 1997

"Taken as the less ambitious but valuable work it truly is, Serious Business offers a lively, thought-provoking introduction to the fascinating complexity of seemingly simple animated cartoons. (b&w illustrations, 8 pages color illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
This nicely written and generally informative account provides a cursory though useful history of American animated cartoons. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1997

"Simply put, this is a marvelous book. (photos) (Author tour)"
Kahn, dean of American sportswriters, shares his memories of a time when baseball players and writers were not the servants of different corporate masters and the game itself was not a virtual hostage to corporate or political interests. 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 >