Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

This lean, mean, scabrously honest account of the making of Natural Born Killers amply proves the truism that moviemaking is a ``controlled accident.'' What goes on behind the scenes of certain movies is often a better, more involving story than what appears on-screen. Read full book review >
MY LIFE WITH BARBRA by Barry Dennen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 10, 1997

"A full and rare look at Streisand before she disappeared into a fog of myth and publicity. (14 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Life with Barbra, when she was Barbara, from the former boyfriend who helped set her on the road to fame and fortune. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"What would be gawky, ill-plotted, and rambling as fiction, as fact becomes an unbelievably compelling journey to the depths of human depravity."
A former investigator of neo-Nazis turns his detective skills and underworld contacts to the almost equally sordid and furtive world of violent pornography in this incredible globe-trotting odyssey. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 9, 1997

"Not one to simply whine, Schechter closes the book with suggestions about what journalists and the American public can do to change the status quo."
This behind-the-scenes look at America's media monopoly might more aptly be titled ``The More You Write, the Less You Remember Your Point.'' Although Schechter offers many interesting insights about the world of journalism and where it is going (downhill, fast), this book suffers from a lack of cohesion. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 8, 1997

"Thanks to Pluto, that moment has been lovingly preserved."
Sportswriter Pluto (Falling from Grace, 1995, etc.) movingly reveals the substance of a mythic bond between men and a game, a team and a city—and thus lays bare how present-day pro football has surrendered its soul. Read full book review >

88 KEYS by Miles Chapin
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"The result is an occasionally interesting volume that reads too much like an oversize advertising pamphlet."
Arts journalist and actor Chapin is unusually well qualified to write a book on the Steinway: His great-great-grandfather founded the company that produces it. Read full book review >
GORILLA SUIT by Bob Paris
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"At once empathetic and scathing, Paris's memoir conveys with equal persuasiveness both why he became a bodybuilder and why he found it impossible to remain one."
A former Mr. Universe, Paris is an unexpectedly eloquent guide through his bodybuilding career, wiping off the posing oil to reveal a sport populated by insecure, drug-gobbling competitors, all beholden to a single Machiavellian puppet master. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"As ripe for scrutiny as the avalanche of images around us is, it seems that the prolific academic cultural-studies industry is capable of blowing up nearly as much snow as it clears away. (31 b&w photos, not seen)"
An attentive critique of both mass-media and philosophical ideologies gets trapped somewhere between the personal and the theoretical. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Professor Graetz meets Jackie Mason in this easy-reading American Jewish history with plenty of facts, insights, chutzpah, and shtick."
An often wise and always wisecracking popular review of American Jewish history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"However, judging from the impact she's had on her players' lives, VanDerveer has succeeded in making women stop listening to reasons why they can't or shouldn't play and start thinking about how they can be better players. (8 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 60,000; author tour)"
With the help of sportswriter Ryan (Little Girls in Pretty Boxes, 1995), the three-time National Coach of the Year and coach of the gold-medal-winning 1996 Olympic women's basketball team tells all. Read full book review >
A FLY-FISHING LIFE by William G. Tapply
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"If fishing 'continues to shape and define'' him, it's made him into a dependable, interesting expert with a nasty backlash."
Fly-fishing writings from mystery novelist (Close to the Bone, 1996, etc.) and Field & Stream contributing editor Tapply that are his "way of exploring what all those hours on the water have meant.'' Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Consider this a paradigm of antigravity: a brief incandescence of entertainment followed by notions so light they melt—vapidly, forgettably—into thin air. (Author tour)"
Gravity, that awesome, ubiquitous presence, is too often reduced here to a springboard for launching a handful of fevered conjectures. ``Gravity schmavity,'' as the ad folk behind Wonderbra might have it. 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 >