Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"A few good laughs and a punch or two to the gut."
A collection of generally ephemeral comedy by gay and lesbian writers and performers. Read full book review >
ALONG THE EDGE OF AMERICA by Peter Jenkins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Not without diverting moments, but not the odyssey Jenkins wants us to think, either. (color and b&w photos)"
The Gulf Coast beckons and Jenkins (Across China, 1986, etc.) heeds its call in this mildly entertaining, slow trawl through southern waters. Read full book review >

A DIFFERENT ANGLE by Holly Morris
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"A noteworthy, entertaining collection."
Fly fisherwomen are increasingly ``claiming their stretch of the river,'' states Morris (Uncommon Waters, 1991), who claims space on the sportsman's (sic) shelf for high-quality, knowledgeable work by women. Read full book review >
JOHN FORD by Ronald L. Davis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Although not without its useful contributions to the Ford story, this book does not fill the need for a definitive biography of this major American artist."
This new biography of one of America's greatest filmmakers places great emphasis on the nasty side of his personality. Read full book review >
THE ROMANTIC GENERATION by Charles Rosen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1995

"Still, a valuable and important book."
Author/teacher/concert pianist Rosen delivers a monumental follow-up to his award-winning The Classical Style (not reviewed), here concentrating on the generation of European composers who ``came of age'' in the 1820s and 1830s: Liszt, Schumann, Berlioz, Mendelssohn, Bellini, and, first and foremost, Chopin. Read full book review >

KEITH by Stanley Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 1995

"Still, a welcome addition to the growing library of Stones- related tomes. (10 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A prose meditation on Rolling Stone Keith Richards by a man who entered the Stones' inner sanctum as a journalist in the late '60s and subsequently became the guitarist's friend and confidante. Read full book review >
MAKING MOVIES by Sidney Lumet
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 27, 1995

"There's a pugnacious Lumet lurking between the lines of this otherwise smarmy book, and that Lumet just might write a good one someday."
Making movies may be ``hard work,'' as the veteran director continually reminds us throughout this slight volume, but Lumet's simple-minded writing doesn't make much of a case for that or for anything else. Read full book review >
USTINOV STILL AT LARGE by Peter Ustinov
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 24, 1995

"Illustrated with pen-and- ink drawings which show that even Ustinov can't do everything. (First printing of 50,000; $50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Sixty-five weekly columns, 199193, originally written by the versatile actor/director/novelist/memoirist Ustinov (The Old Man and Mr. Smith, 1991, etc.) for the European. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE LIFE by Mark Hertsgaard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 21, 1995

"Lots of interesting facts, figures, and anecdotes, though Hertsgaard's insistence on making the Beatles' the musical equivalent of Picasso or Faulkner wears pretty thin. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Oddly imperial prose limns the music of the Fab Four, concentrating on the band rather than individual personalities. Read full book review >
OFF STAGE by Betty Comden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite some glib patches, surprisingly sincere and moving. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
As literate and witty as a Comden-and-Green lyric, the noted Broadway and Hollywood wordsmith's memoir concentrates on her non- working life, with a few nods to famous friends thrown in as a bonus. Read full book review >
SWIFTY by Irving Lazar
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Gossip and blow-by-blows of negotiating bouts offer tasty hors d'oeuvres, but those seeking introspection or insight into the relationship of old Hollywood to new will come away from this showy buffet still hungry. (75 b&w photos, not seen)"
Fast-talking, name-dropping, and skin-deep posthumous memoirs, from the superagent and Oscar party host. Read full book review >
STRIKEOUT by William Curran
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1995

"Fun and informative, though the slackadaisical writing style eventually proves tiresome. (16 b&w photos, not seen)"
A slow-moving but enjoyable appreciation and history of pitching and pitchers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >