Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"But as an examination of how Folkways successfully mined obscure veins of vernacular music for four decades, this is a valuable study. (24 b&w photos, not seen)"
An exhaustive, illuminating life of Folkways Records founder Moe Asch, whose American and international folk-music releases laid the ground for the folk revival of the 1950s and '60s and the world-music explosion of recent years. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"Captivating fun. (44 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
In this superbly written biography, Summerscale brings to life the extraordinary and eccentric "Joe— Carstairs. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"The same might perhaps be said of Eugene McCarthy's political life."
A collection of humorous political doodlings from one of America's foremost political doodlers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"What makes McCloskey's book so memorable is that it invests in the everyday lives of fishermen the same compulsive readableness. (color photos, not seen)"
A splendid, subtle portrait of the fisherman's life—from Hokkaido to Norway, Chile to the Java Sea—by McCloskey (Highliners, 1978, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1998

"An unflinching primer of sports economics and its new definitions of success."
Freelance sportswriter Rosenbaum offers a breezy look at possibly the least successful champions in team sports history. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 29, 1998

"Unfortunately, though they make a few salient points, Baker and Dessart fail at their ultimate goal: The problems of television remain poorly identified, and the solutions offered seem unrealistic."
Two television veterans address the decay of a medium but cannot come up with clear, substantive solutions to its problems. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 24, 1998

"But this is at heart an unsurprising work with no fresh insights. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Nager is a documentary filmmaker and former music editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, the only daily paper in the Home of the Blues, a fair set of credentials for the author of a chronicle of the city's musical history. Read full book review >
LEGAL BASES: BASEBALL AND THE LAW by Roger I. Abrams
NON-FICTION
Released: April 20, 1998

"Interesting and illustrative, this is a book every thinking sports fan should read. (10 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A prominent sports-law professor (Rutgers Univ.) and baseball-salary arbitrator explains the obvious and not-so-obvious reasons why baseball players and team owners seem to spend more time arguing before judges than before field umpires. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 1998

"An entertaining book that deserves an audience well beyond sci-fi fandom."
A Harvard biologist explains the real science behind the popular sci-fi TV show. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 8, 1998

"Still, this is a charming read that will humanize Nashville and some of its most visible and influential inhabitants. (Author tour)"
A cleverly constructed look at how the country-music industry has changed some of its most important artists and how they have changed the industry. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A BASEBALL PURIST by Jon Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 1998

"Otherwise, purists and other fans might feel they—ve been underestimated, if not sold short."
Play-by-play man for ESPN's highly successful Sunday Night Baseball, Miller, with Baltimore Sun reporter Hayman, has slapped together a casual record of his career and a friendly look at the game's recent history as seen from the press box. Read full book review >
MAYHEM by Sissela Bok
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1998

"A deep disquisition on a distressingly fraught issue. (Author tour)"
Like her eloquent moral explorations Lying (1978) and Secrets (1983), Bok's latest ethical treatise addresses the dangers of media violence and the temptations of censorship. 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 >