Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 294)

ORSON WELLES by Simon Callow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It will be a hard, fidgety wait for the second volume. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superbly wrought, aesthetically and psychologically acute portrait of Welles's sheer, undisciplined genius. Read full book review >
IT'S ABOUT TIME by Fred M. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good primer for the reader interested in Brubeck, his music, and his times. (49 illustrations, not seen)"
Idolatrous biography of famed jazz-pop pianist/composer/bandleader Brubeck, with analysis of his recordings and compositions. Read full book review >

PLAYING OFF THE RAIL by David McCumber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It gets a little long toward the end, but on the whole, this is a refreshing and very funny look at the world of pool, billiards, and snooker. (Author tour)"
McCumber (X-Rated: The Mitchell Brothers, 1992) hits the road with professional pool player Tony Annigoni, determined to make a killing in the sometimes twilight world of pool hustlers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Best read both Ryan and Brennan for a balanced picture of a grueling yet beautiful sport. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A mix of giddy admiration and honest reporting that's as wobbly as a junior skater attempting a triple flip. Read full book review >
THE SAME RIVER TWICE by Alice Walker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"More scrapbook than a solid volume, as the usual Walker themes appear only intermittently between clippings and movie memorabilia."
Like the quilt her character Celie makes in the bestselling novel The Color Purple, Walker has created a patchwork verbal memento of the filming of her novel that will delight fans and movie buffs but is too self-absorbed to be of general interest. Read full book review >

QUENTIN TARANTINO by Jami Bernard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Perhaps Tarantino will one day merit a biography; it certainly won't be this one. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A premature biography, shallow and uninspired. Read full book review >
STEINWAY AND SONS by Richard K. Lieberman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A tidy package for those who want the facts, plus a bit more, on merchant music makers overtaken by events and their own inability to adapt. (70 photos and illustrations, not seen)"
If D.W. Fostle produced a lush Mahler symphony in recounting the rise and fall of the first family of pianos (The Steinway Saga, p. 356), Lieberman, using the same theme of an American dynasty's seasons in the sun, has created a more compact and disciplined concerto for piano and orchestra. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"A pleasant, warm book that occasionally suffers from its author's overheated prose."
A poet, storyteller, and professional harpist writes about her life as the daughter of Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Riordan's biography has few such saving graces. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Despite its title, the aging enfant terrible of America takes few hits from the friendly fire of this overly authorized biography. Read full book review >
HOLDING COURT by Dick Vitale
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"For those who can't get enough of Vitale on TV during college basketball's off season, this book is a slam dunk."
ESPN and ABC's wildly popular and hyperkinetic hoops maven recreates his TV high jinks in this latest roundball manifesto. Read full book review >
THE PHYSICS OF STAR TREK by Lawrence M. Krauss
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 1995

"That theme certainly makes it all more user-friendly, but Krauss's brevity will leave readers who don't subscribe to Scientific American a little lost, and those who do without much new to chew on. (photos and illustrations) ($75,000 ad/promo)"
Physicist Krauss (Case Western Reserve Univ.) has tackled the daunting task of explaining the complexities of modern physics to the uninitiated before (Fear of Physics, 1993), with mixed results; here he uses concepts from the super-popular Star Trek television series as a kind of hook to make the lessons a little easier to swallow. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"In the end, the only real monster to be found is the one Rushing and Frentz have so carelessly brought to life. (30 b&w film stills, not seen)"
Iron John goes to Hollywood in this confused and tedious examination of the hunter and the hunted in six modern films: The Manchurian Candidate, The Deer Hunter, Jaws, Blade Runner, and the two Terminators. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >