Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

THE VANISHING VISION by James Day
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, much of this book feels like an interminable PBS pledge drive (which Day helped invent) but without the premium tote bags and coffee mugs as consolation. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A plodding history of American public television by someone present at its creation. Read full book review >
BILLIE HOLIDAY by Stuart Nicholson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"This Lady is still waiting for her Day in the biographical sun. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Less-than-satisfying biography of a well-beloved jazz singer, despite some interesting musical analysis. Read full book review >

CHOPIN by Jeremy Siepmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"If these features lead the Chopin novice to further exploration, Siepmann's literary smudges will merit forgiveness. (illustrations, not seen)"
A short biography of the Polish composer and piano virtuoso, seasoned with nontechnical musical discussion. Read full book review >
X-RAY by Ray Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"An overweening but entertaining mess."
The genius behind the Kinks escorts a fictional interlocutor through the first three decades of his life, with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics. Read full book review >
DOGS THAT POINT, FISH THAT BITE by Jim Dean
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"As fun and important as a rainy day sittin' round the cracker barreland with none of the corn pone."
A lighthearted, pleasantly diverting collection of Dean's columns on hunting and fishing the woods and streams of North Carolina. Read full book review >

SUDDEN GLORY by Barry Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Refreshing, although the promise of subversion fizzles."
Often ebullient, but sometimes just gassy, this ambitious study sketches a counterhistory of Western thought by tracing the salient roles of laughter. Read full book review >
ONLY IN AMERICA by Jack Newfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"What emerges from this study is a solid, factual, and uncommonly entertaining profile of boxing's reigning scumbucket. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
A two-fisted, no-punches-pulled exposÇ of boxing promoter Don King. Read full book review >
IRON MAN by Harvey Rosenfeld
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Too bad an Iron Man inspired such leaden prose."
Timed to come out just as he breaks the fabled Gehrig streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, this is the first adult bio of Cal Ripken Jr., written by freelancer Rosenfeld (Roger Maris: A Title to Fame, not reviewed). Read full book review >
PAST IMPERFECT by Mark C. Carnes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"A remarkable resource. (400 b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; History Book Club main selection)"
A boffo collection of 60 brief essays detailing the historical accuracy of popular movies from Jurassic Park to Gone With the Wind to All the President's Men. Read full book review >
DEEP WATER PASSAGE by Ann Linnea
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 1995

"Empowerment aficionados will be happily sated; the rest of us can find pleasure snacking on the adventure. (one map, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumnavigation of Lake Superior by kayak becomes an occasion to get past some of life's knotty problems for nature writer and lecturer Linnea, an adventure retold here in the sometimes awkward but always frank language of self-empowerment. Read full book review >
LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Ilene Beckerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"You might want to look at the clothes and make up your own story as you go alongsort of like playing with Barbie. (First printing of 40,000; first serial to the New York Times Magazine)"
Advertising executive Beckerman remembers things past not by way of biting into a madeleine but by way of the clothes she was wearing when she bit into it. Read full book review >
FOURTH AND LONG by Kent Waldrep
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >