Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Two warnings to the reader: First, this is not a book about the origins of jazz; second, King assumes copies of the suggested recordings are at hand, so stock up before delving into the book. (12 illustrations, not seen)"
Acting on the assumption that ``what jazz lacks is not inherent appeal, but familiarity itself,'' King offers this beginner's guide to America's first indigenous musical form. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, he has more than enough other sources to make a rich and populous popular history. (125 illustrations, not seen)"
A competent survey of 30 years of Gallic mass culture that speeds along like a newsreel through the Great War, the Roaring '20s, the Depression, and the Vichy years. Read full book review >

BIG GIRL IN THE MIDDLE by Gabrielle Reece
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Not much appeal beyond the hardcore beach volleyball enthusiasts set. (16 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The slight story of big-girl Reece, the 6'3', 170-lb. model and captain of Nike's Women's Beach Volleyball Team. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"But the overarching theme of cross-cultural pollination remains merely a rough reference point for the volume—a title pasted across a disparate, if thoughtful collection of writings."
An impressive variety of music is surveyed—rock, jazz, reggae, Afropop, Brazilian Tropicalia—in these reviews and interviews reprinted from the Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. Read full book review >
FRITZ LANG by Patrick McGilligan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 25, 1997

"McGilligan is not a graceful stylist, but he has a great story to tell, and he tells it with verve, originality, and insight. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An adroit and revealing biography of the talented director of such classics as Metropolis and M. Few directors weathered the transition from silent movies to sound as successfully as Lang. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 18, 1997

"When I listen to Bruce Springsteen, I remember how to be an American,'' finally ring true. (8 pages b&w photo, not seen)"
Cullen's study of Bruce Springsteen is a full-fledged cultural critique, examining how ``the Boss's'' music has been influenced by the society around him. Read full book review >
LURE OF THE LINKS by David Owen
NON-FICTION
Released: June 16, 1997

POINT LAST SEEN by Hannah Nyala
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 1997

"The gripping chronicle of a tracker finding herself as she looks for others. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
In this beautifully rendered narrative, a woman reveals the art of tracking both in the wilderness and in autobiography. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 1997

"Coles would do better to stick to Living Single and leave the role of Miss Lonelyhearts to others."
The sexy sistah from the TV show Living Single offers nothing new in this not-ready-for-prime-time guide for the single woman. Read full book review >
HOLY SMOKE by Guillermo Cabrera Infante
NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 1997

"Take a leaf from this book and have some robusto fun."
An engaging classic about a ``burning passion''—cigar smoking—is available here more than a decade after its original UK issue. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 1997

"Garfield is best when writing about himself, and the book is partly redeemed by the section on his own pursuits, which contains essays on tourism, house and car shopping, and hunting, all in a Dave Barryish vein."
According to NPR commentator Garfield, the American Dream is less about white picket fences and two cars in the garage and far more about ``the pursuit of happiness.'' As the humorist proves, the pursuit, while often noble, is just as often fruitless. 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 >