Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

THE GAME SHOW KING by Chuck Barris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"Gong! (Photographs—not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
Raunchy, disorderly memoir from the man who bestowed The Gong Show, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and other entertainments on the American public. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

"An engrossing story, lamely told. (Thirty-four b&w photographs) (For a look at another Stone, see Davin Seay's Mick Jagger, reviewed below.)"
Gossipy account of the rise and fall of Brian Jones, founder of the Rolling Stones. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 10, 1993

"An intelligent and literate work that could broaden American interest in soccer in time for our 1994 hosting—for the first time ever—of the World Cup."
An engaging journey through, as poet Merrill puts it, ``the enchanted lands of soccer.'' When, in 1990, the US team qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 40 years, Merrill (an avid amateur soccer player) followed the team through preliminary games stateside and then to Italy for the month-long tournament. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 1993 by Frank Deford
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 1993

"Good work, boys; but next time, let's have more women, more unknowns, more sports, and less sleaze."
Culled from almost 400 periodicals by series editor Stout and guest editor Deford (former editor of The National Sports Daily whose new novel, Love and Infamy, is reviewed above): a championship cup of essays on sports and sports figures on and off the field. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 2, 1993

"What's more, the author has stars in his eyes, so none of the significant questions are asked—above all, what purpose does the Pearl really serve? (Sixteen pages of photographs- -not seen)"
Hapgood (coauthor, Monte Cassino, 1984, etc.) indulges his love of theater by dogging the steps of Shepard Sobel, artistic director of Manhattan's Pearl Theatre, during the company's 1991-92 season. Read full book review >

ERNST LUBITSCH by Scott Eyman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Written for full orchestra, it captures every subtlety. (Photographs)"
Gratifying biography of one of the screen's greatest directors, by Eyman (Mary Pickford, 1992—not reviewed), film critic for the Palm Beach Post. Read full book review >
A SIEGEL FILM by Don Siegel
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"One of the top-drawer screen books, from which you rise gorged from an eye-popping Thanksgiving dinner of filmcraft. (Sixty b&w photographs)"
Funny, ever entertaining, immensely readable and revealing autobiography of action/suspense director Don Siegel and how he made or contributed to some 50 or more movies and TV shows. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Stalls occasionally but, overall, a fairly smooth trip around the track. (For an overview of NASCAR, turn to Peter Golenbock's American Zoom, p. 834.) (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A year on the NASCAR circuit with the third Petty to leave his mark on racing history. Read full book review >
STAR TREK MEMORIES by William Shatner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 27, 1993

"Today, Star Trek prospers, and so will this memoir- -most probably at warp speed. (``Over 130 never-before-seen photographs''—not seen)"
Finally, the Captain's Log that a zillion Trekkers have been waiting for. Read full book review >
THE PHANTOM EMPIRE by Geoffrey O'Brien
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Not the history or social anatomy of the movies the jacket copy promises, then—or even the systematic explanation of their enduring power—but a bracing trip through O'Brien's personal movie landscape, which just might turn out to be yours too."
Pop-culturist/spiritual autobiographer O'Brien (Dream Time, 1988; Hardboiled America, 1981) spins a brilliant, bullying monologue telling you Everything You Always Felt Was Happening Just Below The Surface Of The Movies. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 25, 1993

"Fine fare for those who like to swap stories over the campfire—or who just enjoy getting the real, unadorned McCoy. (First serial to Field & Stream)"
A game bag stuffed to the limit by letters between a father and son swapping fishing and hunting stories. Read full book review >
THE LONG-DISTANCE RUNNER by Tony Richardson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 22, 1993

"They should have talked- -though Richardson sparkles here nonetheless. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photos)"
A lean, mean, and ultimately engaging autobiography by the British producer-director, finished six years before his death from AIDS in 1991. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >