Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Doubtless, experts will accuse the author of overstatement and will find exceptions and countercurrents; but, overall, his discussion is lively and stimulating."
Music in relation to science is a theme that James has explored in popular articles (Discover, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Marvelous. (Photographs—not seen)"
Likable, well-told autobiography of the world's greatest pocket billiards player, full of superb billiard lore and tales of giants of the cue. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Brings a fresh sense of fun to otherwise well-trod fairways."
A lighthearted, breezy look at two very different games of golf: the one that's played by the pros on PGA tours, and ``the Hacker's Game'' that's played by almost everyone else. Read full book review >
CULTURE OF COMPLAINT by Robert Hughes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not since John Gardner's On Moral Fiction (1978) have we had such a pellet-gun shower of right-wing leftism, back-to-basics positivism—and like Gardner's, it settles down more as vanitas than veritas."
It's hard not to be stirred up and entertained by the three jeremiad-essays Hughes (Barcelona, 1992, etc.) offers here. Read full book review >
OK! by Max Wilk
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 1993

"Despite a melodramatic presentation, Wilk's enthusiasm makes this an entertaining read—a nostalgia trip for some and an important piece of stage history for others. (Color and b&w photographs throughout—most seen.)"
The trail-blazing musical that launched the prolific partnership of Rodgers and Hammerstein celebrates its 50th anniversary with members of the original production helping Wilk (And Did You Once See Sidney Plain?, 1986, etc.) piece together a colorful history of its evolution as the first Broadway musical drama to weld music, book, song, and dance into an integrated whole. Read full book review >

LES PAUL by Mary Shaughnessy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1993

"Packed with fascinating detail and researched with loving thoroughness (Shaughnessy includes a complete Paul discography): a rock-music-lover's delight. (Photos—not seen.)"
Who made the guitar a solo instrument? Read full book review >
THE MONSTER SHOW by David J. Skal
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 1993

"Skal's love and respect for the genre shine through this impeccably researched, lively chronicle: a top-drawer choice for horror fans. (One hundred illustrations—not seen.)"
Frightfully well-done survey of modern horror, eclipsing Stephen King's seminal Danse Macabre (1981) for clarity of writing, if not personableness or depth of idea, and Walter Kendrick's The Thrill of Fear (1991) for cultural savvy. Read full book review >
THE LIP by Gerald Eskenazi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 19, 1993

"An anecdotal, warts-and-all portrait of a rugged individualist who did it his way, which should appeal to fans of any age. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A largely successful attempt to set the record straight on one of baseball's stormier superstars and, perhaps, to gain him a posthumous niche in the Hall of Fame. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 3, 1993

"A first-rate resource from which even lifelong fans will learn something new."
Veteran sports journalist Koppett (Sports Illusion, Sports Reality, 1981, etc.) breaks new ground with this massive study of baseball managers from the 1840's to the present. Read full book review >
BIRTH OF A FAN by Ron Fimrite
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 2, 1993

"More intriguing, although probably unsalable, would be an anthology by those who hate the game."
So-so set of original essays by 16 well-known writers on how they fell in love with baseball, edited by a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Read full book review >
BUNNY BERIGAN by Robert Dupuis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A book that belongs in every hornplayer's case, along with a picture of Louis Armstrong. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A jazz trumpeter's dream, the long-awaited (for 50 years) biography of the greatest white trumpet-player of the century. Read full book review >
MY UNFORGETTABLE SEASON--1970 by Red Holzman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A poorly prepared, seemingly off-the-cuff account. (Photos—not seen.)"
The ex-coach of the New York Knicks looks back in meandering fashion at his team's first championship, which capped one of the most exciting seasons in basketball history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >