Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Take the rest with a grain of salt."
The former president (Jankowski) and senior vice president (Fuchs) of CBS consider television's future and find the corporate networks in great shape despite cable TV's rise. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Tedious and tendentious. ($35,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
An overly broad roundup of crimes committed by men, topped off with some partly useful theorizing on what to do about them. Read full book review >

THE STEINWAY SAGA by D.W. Fostle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 1, 1995

"This cavil apart, a gloriously complete chronicle of a dysfunctional dynasty whose renown has long since outlived its actual participation in the music trades."
A bravura history of the House of Steinway, whose name has remained synonymous with fine pianos for well over a century. Read full book review >
OPERA IN PARIS, 1800-1850 by Patrick Barbier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"The fat lady won't stay around long to sing for this one."
More than you want or need to know about a minor era in operatic history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1995

"Thought-provoking in parts, abstruse in others."
In her first book, a performer and art critic offers a potpourri on cultural border-crossings. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1995

"Focusing on the brevity of life, White reminds her readers that every moment has its unique value."
Quirky and evocative sketches that capture the human spirit and the passing of a simpler and more genteel era. Read full book review >
CROSSROADS by Michael Schumacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 1995

"Meatier than the average fan bio. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An evenhanded biography that humanizes the guitar hero once dubbed ``God'' by his adoring fans. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 1995

"A book that will engross lawyer and layperson alike."
An engaging and exceedingly readable collection of essays on legal matters both great and modest. Read full book review >
LISTEN TO THE STORIES by Nat Hentoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 1995

"Hentoff combines a fan's passion, a scholar's mind, and a poet's sensibility to illuminate one of the most elusive and distinctly American phenomena-jazz musicians and their music."
Hentoff covers the big-band and bebop eras with style and grace, providing insights into the lives and work of such greats as Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Louis Armstrong, and Charlie Parker. Read full book review >
MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE by Michael Powell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 1995

"A book of charm and panache, this is a lovely legacy. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The second half of Powell's autobiography, like the first, shows the British filmmaker to be an exceptionally fine writer. Read full book review >
HOLLYWOOD by Blaise Cendrars
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"A curious period piece. (1 b&w photo, not seen; 29 b&w line drawings)"
French modernist Cendrars (18871961) provides a fitfully amusing account of the American movie industry circa 1936. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Of limited interest to the general reader, though it will inspire discussion in the musicological community."
A wide-ranging, jargon-laden discussion of African-American music. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >