Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 12, 1996

"It's the literary equivalent of a knuckleball; good on occasions but difficult to handle. (photos, not seen)"
A tiresome ``gonzo'' journalism account of mid-1970s life on the road with a big league ballclub. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1996

"An essential accompaniment to the first, still-thrilling punk records, this preposterously entertaining document just reeks with all the brilliance and filth of the Blank Generation. (illustrations, not seen)"
Punk's chaotic energy and revolutionary spirit come through vividly in this mesmerizing account of American punk. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 1, 1996

"Only star-gazing film buffs will be disappointed. (121 b&w photos)"
Kreimeier, former cultural editor of the German magazine Der Spiegel, traces the history of the film company that is synonymous with the golden era of German film. Read full book review >
HAROLD ARLEN by Edward Jablonski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 28, 1996

"Though at times overconsiderate (the subject remains unnecessarily saintly through some questionably racist musicals, dalliances with other women, etc.), this definitive book draws Arlen with complexity and clarity. (illustrations, not seen)"
An efficacious reconsideration of a songwriter whose career exemplified the cross-pollination of black and white popular music. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 19, 1996

"A dead-on, damning indictment of Hollywood cupidity, stupidity, and excess. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (First serial to Vanity Fair)"
From Final Cut to The Devil's Candy, there are any number of well-told tales of epic motion picture disasters, but they all pale in comparison to this detailed, devastating account of the grandest debacle of them all. Read full book review >

LESBIANISM MADE EASY by Helen Eisenbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1996

An insider's sophomoric paean to the lesbian way of life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 19, 1996

"Of course, by deriving broad, fixed meaning from fragments of an atomized culture, he's not only contradicting himself, but revealing that he's an old fogy who can't hang ten on chaos. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kaffee-klatsch musings masquerade as visionary insight in this hopelessly square Baedeker to what we can learn from today's youth, or ``screenager,'' culture. Read full book review >
HEARTBREAK HILL by Tim Rosaforte
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 14, 1996

"A dramatic contest that should have been of interest to nongolfers is put out of reach of all but the most devoted hackers. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An uneven and frequently arcane account of last year's dramatic Ryder Cup golf tournament. Read full book review >
NO SHIRT, NO SHOES . . . NO PROBLEM! by Jeff Foxworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1996

"The hillbilly hijinks, to be fair, are mildly entertaining, but you might be a redneck if you take this text for anything more than showbiz ephemera. (Author tour)"
The star of his eponymous television show has hit it big with recordings and paperbacks (You Might Be a Redneck If, not reviewed, etc.) and now presents more of what was once called rube comedy. Read full book review >
ROSEBUD by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 1996

"A mulligan stew of a book that is best read as a complement to, rather than as a substitute for, other books on Welles. (69 photos) (First printing of 50,000)"
Eccentric biography of an even more eccentric genius. Read full book review >
A FLYFISHER'S WORLD by Nick Lyons
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"For Lyons, fishing is a matter of the heart, and to fishing he has blissfully lost his."
How Lyons (Fishing Widows, 1974, etc., and president of Lyons & Burford publishers) manages, year after year, to wrest fresh, hugely entertaining material from the world of fly-fishing is a mystery. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"For the serious reader, this volume of essays will have a decided impact on how the next western is viewed. (56 photos, not seen)"
An insightful if occasionally dry collection of historical and sociological studies by academics demonstrating how whites have portrayed Native Americans in a wide range of media for the last two centuries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >