Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

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 >
SELECTED LETTERS OF PAUL HINDEMITH by Paul Hindemith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"One of the giants, in his own words."
An engaging selection of correspondences—by turns thoughtful, funny, businesslike, and touching—from one of the century's preeminent musical figures. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 3, 1995

"For all the detail she has amassed in her kitchen-sink narrative, moreover, DeGeorge never comes to grips with what makes Wayne run. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
If diligence alone could yield good biography, Business Week correspondent DeGeorge would have produced a blockbuster on high- profile tycoon H. Wayne Huizenga. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"So is her own story, and she tells it here with great style."
Alexander, who has anatomized the lives of Patty Hearst, Jean Harris, and others (Anyone's Daughter, 1979, etc.) now wields her scalpel gently but with precision as she dissects her own family history; what is laid bare is tantalizingly mysterious, profoundly sad, and always riveting. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A thoughtful, instructive survey on what may lie ahead on a winding road that's still under construction."
A down-to-earth guide to the digital revolution (a.k.a. Read full book review >
IRA GERSHWIN by Philip Furia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Ira was a master at breathing new life into old formulas with an urbane wit; Furia, unfortunately, is unable to do the same."
Furia, who has already attempted a general survey of the great American lyricists (Poets of Tin Pan Alley, 1990), turns his attention to the works of a giant of the field. Read full book review >
THE BOX by Jeff Kisseloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An always fascinating exploration of the rowdy, sometimes wonderful, sometimes appalling days of early television. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoroughly engrossing grab bag of memories of the dawn of television. Read full book review >
LEADER OF THE BAND by Gene Lees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A few high notes from the past, bathed in a warm, nostalgic glow. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
Workmanlike biography of a famed big bandsman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A workmanlike biography that will interest students of African-American studies. (47 halftones, not seen)"
The story of a child-prodigy pianist and journalist and her troubled family. 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 >