Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

HOW PROUST CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE by Alain de Botton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 14, 1997

"For a painless crib, de Botton's tongue-in-cheek tract beats out Harold Bloom on the Western canon and David Denby on Great Books without even a madeleine break."
For the era of the self-help bestseller, novelist de Botton delivers a witty, entertaining literary appreciation of the author of Remembrance of Things Past. Read full book review >
BRAIN DROPPINGS by George Carlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 1997

"Carlin succeeds admirably, though not without qualification."
Abounding yuks, chuckles, guffaws, rip-snorts—though few side-splitters—in this free-form compendium of Carlin's comedy stylings. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1997

"Cultural history at its best: illuminating, entertaining, provocative."
A fascinating and challenging work of cultural history that will force readers to rethink the complex relationship between the US and Europe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 1997

"But this is the only serious fault in an otherwise fine work of cultural history. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Emerson gives readers a marvelous social and historical context in which to consider 19th-century America's most popular songwriter. Read full book review >
WOMAN THE HUNTER by Mary Zeiss Stange
NON-FICTION
Released: May 7, 1997

"Though the Field & Stream crowd might balk at extended forays into scholarly jargon and feminist theory, Stange grapples head-on with a central philosophical question largely unanswered by sporting literature: Why hunt?"
Mixing autobiographical reflection and scholarly analysis, a woman hunter examines the cultural history of hunting, brilliantly challenging fundamental assumptions about femininity, masculinity, and the relation of humans to the natural world. Read full book review >

ROUGH MIX by Jimmy Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 1997

"Though an unauthorized biography might be more revealing, Bowen is honest enough with his audience to scare: It's like watching a Great White from inside a shark cage—readers will be fascinated, but happy they aren't closer. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Bowen, a man who made millions of dollars, and seemingly as many enemies, with his ruthless management style (Jerry Lee Lewis purportedly wanted to kill him), describes his life in this candid, if self-aggrandizing, autobiography. Read full book review >
STEVEN SPIELBERG by Joseph McBride
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Film history at its best: rich in information, often dazzling in perception. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A penetrating, incisive biography of the young but already legendary filmmaker. Read full book review >
TRIBES by Art Wolfe
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"Wolfe's photos offer a striking illustration of that desire."
From the Maasai of Kenya to the Kayapo of Brazil and the Dani of Indonesia, photographer Wolfe has traveled around the world to capture the remaining indigenous peoples in all the startling beauty of their native garb: startling in the bright red and yellow body paint of the Huli warrior, in a Yanomamo woman's face pierced with narrow bones, the scarification of a male Bumi's torso, the geometrical paintings on the buttocks of a Surma couple, and the full-body tatoos of Polynesia. Read full book review >
SONNET by Lydia Bird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Five thousand stormy miles, and worth most every minute of it, for Bird and for her readers."
It's heavy weather—both meteorologic and emotional—pretty much all the way for Bird on her trans-Atlantic, trans- Mediterranean sail, but the writing goes very smoothly. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Inevitably, just a bit gaseous. ($30,000 ad/promo; TV satellite tour)"
That guy in the bib overalls who shows up on TV on Sunday mornings offers a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the larger meaning of the comestibles he likes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1997

"So light, it melts into air, but the episodes of chest- thumping leave a raw, unwanted patch. (b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Sweet but ultimately vapid days spent with novelist Coomer (Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God, 1995, etc.) aboard his wooden motorsailer. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1997

"Mair does have a good, gut feel for the raw and often brutal workings of big business, but his overarching narrative clunkiness undoes him."
Despite backroom machinations, swashbuckling deals, and towering personalities, this tepid biography is far from being a thriller-diller. 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 >