Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 1997

"But even Leonard's rousing, acerbic style can't pardon his excesses: 40-plus pages on police shows, much of it recapitulation of plots and characters, 30 pages on shows about AIDS—he just keeps going, and going, and going."
A sometimes stirring but numbingly overargued and long-winded defense of television. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 1997

"An encyclopedic and very readable appreciation that will probably send many readers hurrying to the video store."
Tough-talking 'tecs, femme fatales, hard-bitten loners, mystery, eros, danger: With rich ingredients like this, it's hard to go wrong, and Christopher certainly doesn't disappoint in this intelligent, thoroughgoing study of film noir. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 11, 1997

"Colorful and witty; only the authors' dry though informative text lacks style."
The look of this volume is as eye-poppingly witty as the clothes that inspired it. Read full book review >
THE JACKIE ROBINSON READER by Jules Tygiel
NON-FICTION
Released: March 3, 1997

"Maury Allen's 1986 biography), this clever assemblage effectively tells the story."
Historian Tygiel (San Francisco State Univ.; Baseball's Great Experiment, 1983, etc.) has fashioned what he calls ``an alternative biography'' of the man who broke major league baseball's color barrier in 1947. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Eyman tells this story with wit and skill, detailing a surprisingly overlooked but crucial period in Hollywood history. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Eyman follows his highly acclaimed Ernst Lubitsch (1993) with an astute look at the most significant upheaval in Hollywood history: the arrival of talking pictures. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"An intriguing book if you ignore its dramatic, somewhat unsubstantiated premise."
Here's the argument from media expert Turow (Annenberg School of Communications/Univ. of Penn.): The current price of targeting advertising to highly defined market segments is dividing the country into increasingly insular groups of people who care only about others like themselves. Read full book review >
WRY MARTINIS by Christopher Buckley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"These wry martinis make a good case for teetotaling. (Book-of- the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
Despite a few sparks of wit, this lightly humorous collection of occasional pieces misfires badly. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"Where else could you learn that it takes a village to grow a neocortex or that, to reproduce the best genes, women network and men advertise?"
Fascinating theories and cogent insights into why and how we use language, as learned from our simian relatives. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1997

"But Jourdain knows enough to keep us listening."
A layman's primer on the psychology and history of the human response to music. Read full book review >
AGAINST ALL ODDS by Alan Nebauer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"Taciturn and terse, he is true to form to the last. (60 illustrations, not seen)"
An exceedingly deadpan account of a challenge race, an entire circumnavigation of the globe, from a professional (and impoverished) Australian sailor. Read full book review >
JOHN WAYNE'S AMERICA by Garry Wills
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"A major achievement in cultural criticism that will not be easily surpassed. (First serial to the New Yorker; author tour)"
Pulitzer Prize winner and author of 18 previous books, Wills (Witches and Jesuits, 1994, etc.) brings his usual insightful and far-reaching erudition to bear on one of the most culturally important ``stars'' America has ever produced. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 19, 1997

"Ditto for other cities contemplating the construction of a new stadium."
This dense and sometimes difficult financial analysis leads to easily understood and sensible conclusions about the business of sports. 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 >