Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

ORION'S LEGACY by Charles Bergman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 15, 1996

"While some passages are sharply insightful, there's too much that's dry, bewildering, and nearly unreadable."
Some bloodless writing hinders Bergman's otherwise intriguing examination of hunting as the most powerful metaphor we have for defining what it means to be male. Read full book review >
IN BLACK AND WHITE by Kenneth L. Shropshire
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 15, 1996

"Anyone desiring to be informed about race issues and sports should read it."
A prominent sports-law specialist sends down an indictment of racism in sports that is occasionally dense and difficult to read but impossible to ignore. Read full book review >

GANGSTA by Ronin Ro
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: July 12, 1996

"A well-aimed but not totally credible call for responsibility in an influential industry."
One disillusioned hip-hop journalist's chronicle of the rise and decline of a musical form and a culture he believed in. ``Gangsta rap is destroying hip-hop,'' Ro asserts. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >