Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"Tears, beers, babes, and ballads; just the same old song. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The first full-length biography of an influential country singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
CHALKSTREAM CHRONICLE by Neil Patterson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Too tedious and irritating for even the most avid of anglers. (more than 300 line drawings)"
This sluggish memoir devoutly details the mechanics of fly- fishing, but much else in the narrative remains bewilderingly vague. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"In targeting his colleagues at the bar, The Rodent swings hard and without mercyhe must be one hell of a good lawyer."
In case the O.J. trial hasn't caused enough embarrassement to members of the bar, here comes The Rodent to finish the job. Read full book review >
UNZIPPED SOULS by William Minor
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Minor tells his story with gentle humor and a great deal of charm, making the book a pleasant journey for the reader as well. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Minor (Humanities/Monterey Peninsula College) combines an unusual set of skills to great advantage in his first booka knowledge of Russian literature, a background in visual art, and a career as a jazz critic and musician. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The New York subway's modern minstrels are a lyrical subject that here undergoes a lengthy and pedantic scrutiny in a prose devoid of lyricism. (27 b&w photos, not seen)"
A community activist details the culture and conflicts of New York subway music, from bucket-drummers to city bureaucrats. Read full book review >
SPOOK by Dave Henderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A treasurethe next best thing to a day afield for longtime hunters or newcomers to the sport."
A charming paean to the sport of bird hunting by one of the elder statesmen of the wing-shooting press. Read full book review >
THE CINEMA OF OLIVER STONE by Norman Kagan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A useful resource, especially as a filmography, but the definitive book on Oliver Stone has yet to be written. (35 film stills, not seen)"
A workmanlike summary of the films and critical reception of one of America's hardest-working and most controversial directors. Read full book review >
ROGERS HORNSBY by Charles C. Alexander
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 27, 1995

"Alexander conveys an impressive wealth of facts, though his narrative seldom jumps off the page; nor does he satisfactorily explain how the game changed during Hornsby's career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thorough yet static portrait of one of the most accomplished players of baseball's ``golden age.'' ``I have never been a yes man,'' declared Rogers Hornsby in a 1950 interview, and this statement sums up his character. Read full book review >
WATERLOO DIAMONDS by Richard Panek
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 9, 1995

"Well written, but too much behind-the-scenes and background stuff and not enough baseball."
In a frustrating parallel to the national pastime's recent history, Panek's exhaustive look at the Class A Diamonds' 1992 season spends more time in meeting rooms than in the locker room or on the field. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1995

"A frustrating and disappointing book by someone who knows the game well enough to have done better. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Bodo (Inside Tennis, 1979), who has covered tennis for two decades, reflects on the changes in the game since the Open era began. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1995

"Best read for its analysis of the songs; otherwise, little flesh on these bones. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Twice-told tales of two legendary Broadway lyricists. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone, comes The Unexpected Everything, a feel-good YA novel 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 >