Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 15, 1997

"A mixed bag of how-to tips and misty memories."
A pedestrian stroll down memory lane from a longtime quail hunter and outdoor writer. Read full book review >
LOUIS ARMSTRONG by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 1997

"The presence of Armstrong's unique voice turns what might have otherwise been a routine biography into a grand success. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This look at the life of one of this century's great personalities eschews meticulousness in its musical analysis in favor of a complete look at the man himself. Read full book review >

THE MEANING OF STAR TREK by Thomas Richards
NON-FICTION
Released: July 2, 1997

"If only he'd boldly dared to go a little further."
For all those Trekkies who—even after repeatedly watching hundreds of episodes of Star Trek and its sequels—still haven't got the show figured out, this book just might do the trick. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Perhaps the sheer fact that this book is being published, and that the story has been covered from so many angles, is proof that the time is ripe for women's professional team sports to be taken seriously. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A flawed look at America's 1996 Olympic-champion women's basketball team. Read full book review >
THE CHIEFTAINS by John Glatt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Though he offers little to the uninitiated, Glatt has written an indispensable chronicle for the casual listener, the die-hard fan, and all levels in between. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Among Frank Zappa's last public statements was this: ``U2 is maybe the most popular and successful export coming from Ireland today, but there's no comparison between the musical quality of what they do and what the Chieftains do.'' Glatt ably explains why. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Others may find the vivid picture of country music's early decades (the many small-town radio stations and deejays that supported the music, the backroads tours, the struggling record labels) quite intriguing. (b&w photos)"
Streissguth, a television producer, offers a carefully researched and affectionate study of the rise and decline and rise of Eddy Arnold, an amiable singer with, clearly, great patience and a steely determination to succeed. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Two warnings to the reader: First, this is not a book about the origins of jazz; second, King assumes copies of the suggested recordings are at hand, so stock up before delving into the book. (12 illustrations, not seen)"
Acting on the assumption that ``what jazz lacks is not inherent appeal, but familiarity itself,'' King offers this beginner's guide to America's first indigenous musical form. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, he has more than enough other sources to make a rich and populous popular history. (125 illustrations, not seen)"
A competent survey of 30 years of Gallic mass culture that speeds along like a newsreel through the Great War, the Roaring '20s, the Depression, and the Vichy years. Read full book review >
BIG GIRL IN THE MIDDLE by Gabrielle Reece
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 1997

"Not much appeal beyond the hardcore beach volleyball enthusiasts set. (16 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The slight story of big-girl Reece, the 6'3', 170-lb. model and captain of Nike's Women's Beach Volleyball Team. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1997

"But the overarching theme of cross-cultural pollination remains merely a rough reference point for the volume—a title pasted across a disparate, if thoughtful collection of writings."
An impressive variety of music is surveyed—rock, jazz, reggae, Afropop, Brazilian Tropicalia—in these reviews and interviews reprinted from the Nation, the Atlantic Monthly, and elsewhere. Read full book review >
FRITZ LANG by Patrick McGilligan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 25, 1997

"McGilligan is not a graceful stylist, but he has a great story to tell, and he tells it with verve, originality, and insight. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An adroit and revealing biography of the talented director of such classics as Metropolis and M. Few directors weathered the transition from silent movies to sound as successfully as Lang. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >