Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 14, 1998

"A true horror story with a mildly upbeat ending. (8 pages b&w photos)"
The story of an athlete whose career was cut short by a devastating injury is sadly all too common, but here it is told with unusual honesty and feeling. Read full book review >
MAHLER by Jonathan Carr
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 1998

"Those who read this biography will likely fall into similar camps. (35 b&w photos, not seen)"
A useful reference tool, somewhat marred by the author's zeal to make everyone a Mahler maniac. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 1998

"Not an essential volume, but Gilmore's angles are consistently provocative."
Essays on pop culture by longtime Rolling Stone contributor Gilmore, steeped in the same sensitivity to moral and emotional darkness that made his memoir, Shot in the Heart (1994), a classic American horror story. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 2, 1998

"Swish! (For a look at Hoosier high-school hoops, see William Gildea's Where the Game Matters Most, p. 1685.) (Book-of- the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
After writing about football (A Civil War, 1996) and golf (A Good Walk Spoiled, 1995), bestselling author Feinstein returns to his true love, college basketball in the ACC. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Perhaps one could argue that a more fitting, albeit less flattering, comparison might be Sid (Vicious) and Nancy (Spungeon)."
How one views this gossamer-thin account of the doomed Doors frontman and his equally troubled common-law wife rests largely on one's (forgive the expression) ``perception of the Doors.'' This book will be tonic to those eager for more dish on the man they regard as the Rimbaud-esque cynosure of the angst-filled '60s generation. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Grammy-winning musician Davis gets taken for a ride by the KKK in this futile and pointless volume. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"A solid plumbing of the forces driving a dominant and uniquely American industry. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
This study of the country-music industry takes a smart look at the business end of America's most popular musical genre. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Passionate, courageous, balanced in its assessments, Urban's book is filled with some wise and highly original reflections on the greatest conflict of our times."
An unusual record of the Cold War which shows that the veterans of the intellectual war were often as brave and determined as the soldiers and spies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 10, 1997

"That the book provokes such thoughts is its best quality."
Believing ``the history of women in cinema has yet to truly be written,'' filmmaker Redding and Brownworth (Too Queer: Essays from a Radical Life, 1996) begin the task with 33 profiles of female filmmakers and moguls. Read full book review >
WHERE THE GAME MATTERS MOST by William Gildea
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 8, 1997

In Indiana, Gildea shows, the yearly high-school basketball tournament is nothing less than an affirmation of the Hoosier way of life, one made of ``industrious, hospitable, down-home folk who enjoy popcorn, race cars and BASKETBALL.'' Every year since 1911, all high schools—from small towns to big cities—have gone head-to-head in the state championship tournament. Read full book review >
THE EIGHTIES by Gilbert T. Sewall
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The '80s may be history, but Sewall's The Eighties tells only a part of that history."
Gathering articles and book excepts by the likes of Allan Bloom, Irving Kristol, and P.J. O'Rourke, Sewall, an authority on school curricula and textbooks at the Center for Education Studies, assembles an ultraconservative primer on an ultraconservative era. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

Published as a companion to an exhibition at the Museum of Television and Radio's New York and Los Angeles sites, this very serious anthology attempts to explain the qualities that have given soap operas such longevity and persistent popularity. 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 >