Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 9, 1995

"This deserves wide reading among fans of blues and traditional musical forms. (100 b&w photos)"
A quirky inquiry into the nature of the blues. Read full book review >
MOZART by Maynard Solomon
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 2, 1995

"A splendid book with ramifications for the whole study of Western culture, not just classical music."
Finally, a Mozart biography that evokes a believable portrait of a striving, powerfully creative human being. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Generating more questions than it can answer, this slender, provocative work may play a central role in renewed debate over funding for public television in a Republican-dominated Congress."
Three studies of public affairs television, performed for a media watchdog group, challenge allegations that the medium has a liberal bias. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"16 pages illustrations, not seen)."
All-around entertainment veteran Leonard—onetime radio and movie performer, then TV director and producer—recalls his emblematic career in a tough business. Read full book review >
LITTLE RIVERS by Margot Page
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Page adds a touch of light poetry to a genre little known for graceful writing. (12 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A rare woman in male-dominated waters, Page, editor of The American Fly Fisher, is more interested in ``the light on the water'' than on the size of fish, in ``inspiration, not data.'' Although she was a latecomer to the fishing mania, Page's essays show that her eventual infection was inevitable, given her family heritage and her marriage to Tom Rosenbauer (The Orvis Fly- Fishing Guide, not reviewed). Read full book review >

THE LIVING THEATRE by John Tytell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Throughout, Tytell uses an acolyte's overheated language to uncritically celebrate a long-gone era in the arts. (Photos, not seen)"
A florid history of the 1960s' best-known radical theater. Read full book review >
CARTOONS by Giannalberto Bendazzi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A videotape or CD-ROM is the only thing missing from this exhaustive project. (95 color plates, 150 b&w photos)"
This massive history of film animation is inclusive to distraction and makes for awkward prose. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Marvelous reading for hunters, fishers, and naturalists. (8 pages color illustrations, not seen)"
A delightful collection of articles marking the 100th anniversary of one of the country's best and most durable hunting and fishing magazines. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"If only he hadn't felt compelled to include so much of it. (32 pages photos, not seen)"
Neither Brian Wilson nor the rest of the Beach Boys ever come alive in this tedious tale of surfboards, teenyboppers, and cookie-cutter surf music. Read full book review >
ZAPPA by Ben Watson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Not one of the new rock criticism's brightest moments."
A self-proclaimed ``Zappographer'' overanalyzes the work of one of modern music's most outrageous iconoclasts. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"A poignant, insightful work that examines how Americans have viewed their country in the past, and that leaves open the question of how America will define itself without an enemy in the postCold War future."
Freelance writer Engelhardt offers an eloquent obituary for American triumphalism, which died a slow death in the years between US victory in WW II and the Gulf War. Read full book review >
A LIFE IN RAGTIME by Reid Badger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Will appeal to fans of early jazz, African-American history, and 20th-century culture. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
Badger (American Studies/Univ. of Alabama) restores an important, forgotten chapter in African-American musical history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >