Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Monkeyshines, nothing more, but it makes you want to hear those tunes again. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A good-natured, superficial show-biz bio by the drummer of The Monkees, written with veteran rock-'n'-roll chronicler Bego (Aretha Franklin, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN by Michael Ffinch
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Not without its uses, but a more balanced account would help the beginning listener enjoy these works as comic operas, not just as comic texts. (Photographs)"
Introductory guide to the life and works of the famous British duo, by poet/biographer Ffinch (G.K. Chesterton, 1987). Read full book review >

I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE by Patricia A. Turner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Highly repetitious in detail and argument—but, still, an intriguing and thorough analysis. (Five b&w illustrations—not seen)"
Fried chicken will make you sterile; the FBI killed Martin Luther King, Jr.; the ``powers that be'' facilitated the crack epidemic, the AIDS epidemic, and the murders of black children in Atlanta: Here, folklore scholar Turner (African-American and African Studies/UC Davis) offers an illuminating examination of why rumors like these persist in the African-American community. Read full book review >
HARRY HOOPER by Paul J. Zingg
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Just like its subject: steady, solid, and studied."
Zingg (Dean/St. Read full book review >
THE HONOURABLE BEAST by John Dexter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Many inspiring moments prime the reader with hope for a biography—as well as for a clearer spelling-out of Dexter's stagecraft. (Illustrations)"
Deep salad of diary clippings, jottings, and letters—all bearing on directing plays, films, and operas—from the collected unpublished writings of the Tony-winning director of Equus and M. Butterfly, who died in 1990 following seven years of directing operas at the Met. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"Fly fishing meets the New Age in this uneven work that veers from the sublimely ridiculous to the heart-rendingly profound."
Amid his mother's dying from brain cancer, the loss of his job, and a doctor's diagnosis that his case of the ``meat bucket blues'' was ``treatable'' depression, Middleton (On the Spine of Time, 1991, etc.) finds renewal in fishing the wild waters of cold mountain streams. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"A well-researched, in-depth study of a most unusual athlete: one of the best—and most fascinating—sports bios in years. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen)"
Football star Joe Don Looney—an All-American running back in the early 1960's—had, according to Oklahoma attorney Clark, ``the tools to be the next Jim Brown.'' But as Clark shows in this smoothly written, riveting biography, Looney's brand of nonconformity and manic temperament was not readily accommodated 30 years ago. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"He even manages to reach the Missouri."
The longest free-flowing river in America serves as a questing ground for a careworn but game journey of homecoming and self- discovery. Read full book review >
LOUIE LOUIE by Dave Marsh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"Louie, Louie'' lives! (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
Here, rock critic Marsh (Born to Run, Glory Days, etc.) ventures beyond mere celeb biography or fan-boy appreciation. Read full book review >
LOVE LOVE AND LOVE by Sandra Bernhard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"The book is dedicated to Bernhard's grandmother. (First printing of 35,000)"
Actress and stand-up comic Bernhard (Confessions of a Pretty Lady, 1988) acts up again with an occasionally recumbent but always ardent performance. Read full book review >
MATTY by Ray Robinson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A salutary but dull story, in these days of I-me-mine players, about a time of golden boys and Golden Years."
Robinson—who's established himself as the literary equivalent of a .270 hitter with a string of solid but unmemorable baseball books (Iron Horse, 1990, etc.)—maintains his average with this bio of pitching great Christy Mathewson (1880-1925). ``Big Six,'' the sportswriters called him, for reasons lost in time—perhaps the only mysterious thing about Mathewson. Read full book review >
BLOODTIES by Ted Kerasote
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A winning hand of up-to-date cards in the deadly serious hunting game."
A potent exploration of the gray line between ``sport'' and subsistence hunting. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >