Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

MY MOTHER WORKED AND I TURNED OUT OKAY by Katherine Goldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1993

"Celebrating the resilience of children and their parents: a cheerful antidote to those who rail against working mothers."
A lighthearted but not empty-headed look at adult children of working mothers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Doubtless, experts will accuse the author of overstatement and will find exceptions and countercurrents; but, overall, his discussion is lively and stimulating."
Music in relation to science is a theme that James has explored in popular articles (Discover, etc.). Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Marvelous. (Photographs—not seen)"
Likable, well-told autobiography of the world's greatest pocket billiards player, full of superb billiard lore and tales of giants of the cue. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Brings a fresh sense of fun to otherwise well-trod fairways."
A lighthearted, breezy look at two very different games of golf: the one that's played by the pros on PGA tours, and ``the Hacker's Game'' that's played by almost everyone else. Read full book review >
CULTURE OF COMPLAINT by Robert Hughes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1993

"Not since John Gardner's On Moral Fiction (1978) have we had such a pellet-gun shower of right-wing leftism, back-to-basics positivism—and like Gardner's, it settles down more as vanitas than veritas."
It's hard not to be stirred up and entertained by the three jeremiad-essays Hughes (Barcelona, 1992, etc.) offers here. Read full book review >

OK! by Max Wilk
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 1993

"Despite a melodramatic presentation, Wilk's enthusiasm makes this an entertaining read—a nostalgia trip for some and an important piece of stage history for others. (Color and b&w photographs throughout—most seen.)"
The trail-blazing musical that launched the prolific partnership of Rodgers and Hammerstein celebrates its 50th anniversary with members of the original production helping Wilk (And Did You Once See Sidney Plain?, 1986, etc.) piece together a colorful history of its evolution as the first Broadway musical drama to weld music, book, song, and dance into an integrated whole. Read full book review >
LES PAUL by Mary Shaughnessy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1993

"Packed with fascinating detail and researched with loving thoroughness (Shaughnessy includes a complete Paul discography): a rock-music-lover's delight. (Photos—not seen.)"
Who made the guitar a solo instrument? Read full book review >
THE MONSTER SHOW by David J. Skal
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 1993

"Skal's love and respect for the genre shine through this impeccably researched, lively chronicle: a top-drawer choice for horror fans. (One hundred illustrations—not seen.)"
Frightfully well-done survey of modern horror, eclipsing Stephen King's seminal Danse Macabre (1981) for clarity of writing, if not personableness or depth of idea, and Walter Kendrick's The Thrill of Fear (1991) for cultural savvy. Read full book review >
THE LIP by Gerald Eskenazi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 19, 1993

"An anecdotal, warts-and-all portrait of a rugged individualist who did it his way, which should appeal to fans of any age. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A largely successful attempt to set the record straight on one of baseball's stormier superstars and, perhaps, to gain him a posthumous niche in the Hall of Fame. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 3, 1993

"A first-rate resource from which even lifelong fans will learn something new."
Veteran sports journalist Koppett (Sports Illusion, Sports Reality, 1981, etc.) breaks new ground with this massive study of baseball managers from the 1840's to the present. Read full book review >
BIRTH OF A FAN by Ron Fimrite
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 2, 1993

"More intriguing, although probably unsalable, would be an anthology by those who hate the game."
So-so set of original essays by 16 well-known writers on how they fell in love with baseball, edited by a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Read full book review >
BUNNY BERIGAN by Robert Dupuis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A book that belongs in every hornplayer's case, along with a picture of Louis Armstrong. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A jazz trumpeter's dream, the long-awaited (for 50 years) biography of the greatest white trumpet-player of the century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >