Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"EWSLUGB stands at center stage. (Photographs.)"
Big bio of Louis B. Mayer, the most thorough ever, from the tireless Higham (The Duchess of Windsor, 1988, and lives of Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn, and others). Read full book review >
MANUTE by Leigh Montville
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Oddly touching and funny: a captivating look at a unique individual. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
With humor, a touch of pathos, and equal amounts of jock-talk and social history, Sports Illustrated senior writer Montville tells how 7'7'' Manute Bol went from cow-tender in the Sudan to multimillionaire shot-blocker for basketball's Philadelphia 76ers. Read full book review >

AT YOUR OWN RISK by Derek Jarman
Released: Feb. 21, 1993

"For readers fresh to the fray, the title tells all. (Eighteen b&w photographs.)"
Patchy memoir by gay British filmmaker Jarman, who tested HIV- positive five years ago, has survived a handful of illnesses, and is still going strong. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1993

"As polyrhythmic as Carnival itself: an artful blend of music, politics, and the land; a maelstrom of sounds and images from which Krich concocts an intriguing picture of Brazil."
Everything you ever wanted to know about samba and the kindred sounds of Brazil, told with the neurotic hipness that leavens Krich's best writing (El BÇisbol, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
MURDOCH by William Shawcross
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"A worldly-wise rundown on a visionary magnate."
A thoroughly professional report on the rise and near fall of Rupert Murdoch as the planet's ranking multimedia baron. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Benny blows—and the angels sing."
Goodman (1909-86) bestrides the Swing Era in this stirring portrait that focuses largely on the clarinetist's wonder years during the 30's and 40's—though his childhood as a musical prodigy and his later years following the death of the big bands get their due. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Sarno, despite his genuine affection for the Pygmies, is a puzzling figure who unintentionally reveals more about himself than about the Pygmies, whom he seems to see through all-too-Western eyes."
Sarno, an American, heads for the rain forest of the Central African Republic. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Positively liquescent with brilliant images and insights. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An invigorating, world-class ride down some tricky and rewarding terrain."
The 80-mile-an-hour exploits of the US Men's Downhill Ski Team propel this bracing report from Miami Herald staffer Wilson (coauthor, Maximum Morphonius, 1990). Read full book review >
PAUL McCARTNEY by Ross Benson
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Solid Beatleiana, to be set on the shelf alongside Alan Clayson's Ringo Starr (p. 823). (Forty b&w photographs.)"
``Will you still love me when I'm 64?'' wrote Beatle Paul on the Sgt Pepper album (1967). ``Perhaps not,'' readers of this thoughtful biography may reply, especially if the McCartney (now 51) whom British journalist Benson presents doesn't soon loosen up a bit. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Braunbehrens has done much necessary spadework—but a sharper, more graceful writer, Ö la Ernest Newman in his magisterial Gluck and the Opera, should now make us want to learn the music. (Twenty illustrations.)"
Despite the sexy title, this is no mere refutation of the Amadeus canard about poisoning Mozart, but a serious study by Braunbehrens (Mozart in Vienna, 1990) of Antonio Salieri's musical output, primarily the numerous operas that during his lifetime (1750-1825) were performed throughout Europe. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"More or less a long press release for Coach K and Duke, as Brill mechanically recounts events, taking almost everything said by the coach at face value. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Here, the Duke Blue Devils' back-to-back NCAA basketball championships (1991-92) are given superficial treatment by Brill, past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Devils coach Krzyzewski. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >