Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 293)

RAGE TO SURVIVE by Etta James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Not exactly an uplifting story, but plenty of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to keep the fans happy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A better-than-average up-from-the-ghetto, as-told-to life story by the R&B diva. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Never again, after reading Ryan's book, will one be able to watch those tiny, lithe silhouettes—whether on the ice or the balance beam—without thinking of what they may have suffered to get there. (author tour)"
Ryan does for women's gymnastics and figure skating what Suzanne Gordon did for ballet a decade ago in Off Balance: The Real World of Ballet. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"That said, it is a useful work that earns a place on the shelf next to Scribner's superb History of the American Cinema series and the pioneering work of film historian Douglas Gomery. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
Waller (who teaches film and popular culture at the University of Kentucky) uses the movies and their commercial reception in Lexington, Ky., as a lens through which to examine the evolution of the entertainment business in small-city America, and to see how racial divisions affected that development. Read full book review >
PRYOR CONVICTIONS by Richard Pryor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1995

"This is a powerful autobiography of a talented man who made every effort to ruin his body and his career and lived to tell the tale. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Pryor reflects on a life of humor and hard living altered forever by the recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1995

"Impassioned, but occasionally florid and meandering."
A biography of—and tract on—Moses Fleetwood Walker, baseball's first black big-league star. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 24, 1995

Lighthearted, glib treatment of a momentously crucial subject. Read full book review >
WHAT TO LISTEN FOR IN JAZZ by Barry Kernfeld
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 17, 1995

"Deserves to find a home in academic halls, although less essential for the home bookshelf."
A book-and-CD set introducing jazz to the uninitiated. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 1995

"The bottom line: An outsider's one-dimensional take on a consequential magnate whose achievements require a more accomplished Boswell."
A barely serviceable biography of the billionaire businessman who controls CBS Inc. from a journalist who doesn't quite know what to make of him. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 10, 1995

"Not for every reader, but true Beatles fanatics should find it enormously winning. (16 pages color and b&w photos, not seen)"
The Beatles' producer fondly recalls the recording sessions that resulted in one of the 1960s' cultural landmarks. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 5, 1995

"A wide-ranging and accessible if chaotically organized overview of a volatile field that, for all its glamorous potential, remains a work in progress."
A jam-packed guide to the high-stakes game Maney dubs ``megamedia'': an industry that computer, entertainment, software, and telecommunications enterprises are struggling to define—and dominate. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"A small potpourri, but with more substance than most in this format."
Some interesting exchanges and provocative observations arise from these interviews with nine prominent broadcast journalists and one politician about presidential campaigns. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Take the rest with a grain of salt."
The former president (Jankowski) and senior vice president (Fuchs) of CBS consider television's future and find the corporate networks in great shape despite cable TV's rise. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >