Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

SWIMMING THE CHANNEL by Sally Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Not much comfort here, but a distinctive portrait of survival."
An unsentimental but ardent record of love and grief, related by a woman who lost her husband only days before she was to swim the English Channel. Read full book review >
CHRISTIAN DIOR by Marie-France Pochna
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Pochna exhibits a personal charm that must have helped win her some difficult interviews, but the bio often seems disjointed and unpolished. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
European-celeb biographer Pochna writes a serviceable history of Christian Dior on the 50th anniversary of the ``New Look.'' In February 1947 Dior launched a postwar fashion revolution, dubbed the New Look by Harper's Bazaar. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"If Quarrington is half as entertaining around a campfire as he is in this book, then he represents the Platonic ideal of the fishing buddy."
Novelist Quarrington (Whale Music, 1989) coaxes a wealth of bright humor from a couple of unlikely suspects: a fishless fishing trip and some really bad weather. Read full book review >
WAGNER by Michael Tanner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There is no question that Tanner, by fair means as well as foul, celebrates Wagner's power to achieve that."
Tanner, a Cambridge philosopher and opera critic for the Spectator, offers analyses of the plots of Wagner's operas, the intellectual themes projected by them, and an evaluation of the music that is (for most of us) their justification. Read full book review >
TCHAIKOVSKY'S LAST DAYS by Alexander Poznansky
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Non- scholars—aside from those with special interest in cholera—will find this an unengaging patchwork, without enough texture, drama, or ingenuity to hold the documentary pieces together. (20 illustrations, not seen)"
Do we really need a whole book that documents Tchaikovsky's final illness and rails against the theory that he committed suicide? Read full book review >

GOLF DREAMS by John Updike
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"An enjoyable experience cover-to-cover and tee-to-green."
This gathering of 30 previously published fictional works, articles, and essays demonstrates Updike's "impassioned but imperfect devotion" to the game of golf. Read full book review >
THE DARK SIDE OF THE GAME by Tim Green
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 29, 1996

"Green the football raconteur is tempted to bite the hand that fed him—but Green the television sports commentator doesn't seem to want to draw blood. (Author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Ex-jock and TV commentator and novelist (Titans, 1994, etc.) Read full book review >
GRACELAND by Karal Ann Marling
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 16, 1996

"Peter Guralnick's biography remains the standard for those who want to understand the King. (35 line drawings)"
This cultural history of Elvis's interiors is intended as high-concept but reads like a hastily researched brochure from a generalized Presley museum. Read full book review >
ELISABETH SCHWARZKOPF by Alan Jefferson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 1996

"Jefferson's narrative summary of Schwarzkopf's career and art is less than probing, but it will do until a more reflective biographer comes along. (photos)"
An unauthorized biography of the Teflon diva's career from its beginnings in Nazi Germany to her old age. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Newcomers to Codrescu may be put off by some of his slapdash indulgences here, but his many fans will welcome the opportunity to roam around again in his quirky mind."
Prolific belletrist, novelist, and NPR commentator Codrescu (The Blood Countess, 1995; Zombification, 1994; etc.) offers his trademark benign-oddball perspective on a broad array of cultural topics in another scattershot collection. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Though occasionally marred by mean spirits, this is an unusually lively, provocative study. (180 photos, not seen)"
A caustic, gossipy, refreshingly idiosyncratic history of the music business in Los Angeles. Read full book review >
OTHER ENTERTAINMENT by Ned Rorem
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"Overall, though, a petty scolding of those of whom Rorem disapproves, and a roaring tribute to himself."
A charmless collection of 37 prose pieces (including essays, reviews, dialogues, even obituaries) by the Pulitzer Prizewinning composer and writer (Knowing When to Stop: A Memoir, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >