Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES by Monty Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Over and above everything, though, is Roberts's surpassing love for horses, captured here in his evocations of the horses he has trained over a career spanning four decades. (Author tour)"
The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Read full book review >
LAUGHING IN THE DARK by Laurie Stone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 1997

"Clearly a book for Stone fans only; to the reader looking for an unbiased, funny view, caveat emptor."
Novelist and Village Voice critic Stone (Starting with Serge, 1989) offers an anthology of poorly executed essays on stand-up comedy. Read full book review >

EL SID by David Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 11, 1997

"Let the reader be forewarned, El Sid is often obscene, violent and disturbing, but then, so was the life of its protagonist; at least the typical glamorization of Sid Vicious is avoided."
Wildly uneven but ultimately compelling, Dalton's chronicle of Sid Vicious's (John Simon Ritchie) years as the bassist in the Sex Pistols covers little new factual ground but offers a fresh angle on a widely misunderstood young man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 1997

"A candid book whose look backward provides a hopeful blueprint for reviving the possibilities that seemed so endless in the 1960s. (Author tour)"
A stunningly revelatory chronicle of a generation long misunderstood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Scotty's real monument is not this book, but his music. (65 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The sad trajectory of Elvis Presley's life is a familiar story, but this memoir does shed a little new light on the early years. Read full book review >

CHEVROLET SUMMERS, DAIRY QUEEN NIGHTS by Bob Greene
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A talented journalist in the old tradition serves some traditional apple pie with a bit of corn, and it may just suit a reader somehow predisposed to good feeling."
Syndicated Chicago Tribune columnist Greene (The 50 Year Dash, 1996; Hang Time, 1992; etc.) collects a hundred or so transitory essays celebrating the old human virtues and decrying the new human vices. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A jolly, sparkling trip through Elvis country. (photos, not seen) (For another look at Elvis impersonators, see Leslie Rubinkowski, Impersonating Elvis, p. 858.)"
A rollicking piece of gonzo journalism by a novelist whose first book, Stark Raving Elvis (1984), was a fictional take on the same subject. Read full book review >
RADIOS by Jerome Stern
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Pleasantly diverting observations on passing life, ideal for short-attention-span meditations. (drawings by author, not seen)"
The spoken word translates neatly into the written in this posthumous collection of microessays from National Public Radio commentator Stern (Making Shapely Fiction, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
ANTHEM by Shainee Gabel
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A work of modest but real charm. (First printing of 75,000)"
The record of a four-month-long trip around America with a videocamera in 1995, in search of some defining ideas of American purpose and identity, by two young women who make very pleasant company. Read full book review >
THE METAPHYSICS OF STAR TREK by Richard Hanley
NON-FICTION
Released: July 30, 1997

"Philosophy 101 was never this much fun."
For those who like their philosophy with a twist, Ö la The Tao of Pooh, an intriguing though sometimes too constricted elucidation of some of Star Trek's deeper meanings. Read full book review >
MUSICAL LANGUAGES by Joseph P. Swain
NON-FICTION
Released: July 28, 1997

"Such high-altitude mountain climbing is not for everyone, but this is a landmark expedition in the exploration of the upper reaches of human communication."
A dense, evocative, rewarding journey to the no-man's-land between the realms of music and language. Read full book review >
SPACE IS THE PLACE by John F. Szwed
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 1997

"But Szwed also makes a strong case for Sun Ra as creative genius. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The late jazz musician Sun Ra, who claimed to be from Saturn, is vividly and respectfully portrayed and defended against those who thought this self-described jester of the creator was a crackpot. 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 >