Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

A collection of previously published profiles and essays by the feminist film critic (From Reverence to Rape, 1974, etc.) that offer offbeat, compelling approaches and keen observations but leave the reader yearning for more argument. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This is one of those rare books that elevates the usual bureaucratic drudgery of corporate America to an almost Shakespearean level of characterization, passion, and drama. (Author tour)"
What Tracy Kidder did for computers, Brinkley now does for television, in this masterful chronicle of the flips, foibles, and frenzy that characterized the nearly decade-long race to develop high definition television (HDTV). Read full book review >

STANLEY KUBRICK by Vincent LoBrutto
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 30, 1996

"A brave, and often successful, attempt to chronicle the life of a filmmaker famous for his noncooperation with chroniclers."
American cinema's least Hollywood-like director never quite emerges from the shadows in this biography, but many useful career details do. Read full book review >
JIMMY BUFFETT by Steve Eng
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 20, 1996

"But many will probably put it right back down. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Jimmy Buffett, the author of pop music hits such as ``Margaritaville,'' chose wisely when he refused to authorize this rambling biography. Read full book review >
THE SEASON by Tom Kelly
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 16, 1996

"A genuine love song to outdoorsmanship as sharp-eyed, bawdy, and unbridled as a gobbler in full strut."
An Alabama woodsman looks back at a lifetime of turkey hunting, refracted through the lens of his most recent season, and he likes what he sees. Read full book review >

THE ALPHABET OF MODERN ANNOYANCES by Neil Steinberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Steinberg does have a few shrewd perceptions, some of them original, and if he'd written in Hawaiian—with its twelve-letter alphabet—they might have been enough to flesh out a satisfying rant."
``A'' is for ``Arbitrary'' in this abecedarian agglomeration of 26 (A to Z) occasionally amusing attacks on assorted aggravations. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"One cannot help but be moved by this alternately funny and sad, beautifully written elegy to a man and a game."
A journalist's touching memoir of his father's dying months, during which the two men reflected at length on life, death, and golf. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1996

"Peterson reconstructs this colorful aspect of America's sporting past accurately and with great immediacy."
An accomplished sports historian traces pro football's metamorphosis from a regional curiosity into a national obsession. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 25, 1996

"One might quibble with some of his choices of specific pieces, and there ought to be more than one entry from Lees, but this is a good introductory collection for the beginning jazz reader, and for the real aficionado, a nice smorgasbord to be dipped into at leisure. (Author tour)"
Jazz, like baseball, is an American cultural phenomenon and, like its sporting counterpart, has inspired a wealth of great writing. Read full book review >
THE WAY SHE LOOKS TONIGHT by Marian Fowler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 24, 1996

"But a nice dose of vicarious opulence for those of us who buy our duds at the Gap."
Five stylish women in five vignettes-cum-case studies: how they lived, how they dressed, and how the closet reflects the soul. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1996

"A frank, fascinating memoir by a remarkable reporter. (47 illustrations, not seen)"
The legendary athlete and broadcasting pioneer recounts with great emotion the triumphs and setbacks of nearly seven decades in the sporting world. Read full book review >
SHOWTUNE by Jerry Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1996

"I Am What I Am,'' chiefly but not exclusively for fans. (photos)"
Notwithstanding frank discussion of his homosexuality and HIV- positive status, the composer-lyricist of Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles delivers a memoir as old-fashioned as his shows: exuberant, stagestruck, over-gushy at times, and unabashedly self- infatuated. 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 >