Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 295)

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Ilene Beckerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"You might want to look at the clothes and make up your own story as you go alongsort of like playing with Barbie. (First printing of 40,000; first serial to the New York Times Magazine)"
Advertising executive Beckerman remembers things past not by way of biting into a madeleine but by way of the clothes she was wearing when she bit into it. Read full book review >
FOURTH AND LONG by Kent Waldrep
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. Read full book review >

PLACIDO DOMINGO'S TALES FROM THE OPERA by Daniel Snowman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Flattery, apparently, will get you somewhere. (24 color & 4 b&w photos, not seen)"
Loving liner notes to accompany the BBC/PBS series hosted by the affable tenor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"Tears, beers, babes, and ballads; just the same old song. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The first full-length biography of an influential country singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
CHALKSTREAM CHRONICLE by Neil Patterson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Too tedious and irritating for even the most avid of anglers. (more than 300 line drawings)"
This sluggish memoir devoutly details the mechanics of fly- fishing, but much else in the narrative remains bewilderingly vague. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"In targeting his colleagues at the bar, The Rodent swings hard and without mercyhe must be one hell of a good lawyer."
In case the O.J. trial hasn't caused enough embarrassement to members of the bar, here comes The Rodent to finish the job. Read full book review >
UNZIPPED SOULS by William Minor
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Minor tells his story with gentle humor and a great deal of charm, making the book a pleasant journey for the reader as well. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Minor (Humanities/Monterey Peninsula College) combines an unusual set of skills to great advantage in his first booka knowledge of Russian literature, a background in visual art, and a career as a jazz critic and musician. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The New York subway's modern minstrels are a lyrical subject that here undergoes a lengthy and pedantic scrutiny in a prose devoid of lyricism. (27 b&w photos, not seen)"
A community activist details the culture and conflicts of New York subway music, from bucket-drummers to city bureaucrats. Read full book review >
SPOOK by Dave Henderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A treasurethe next best thing to a day afield for longtime hunters or newcomers to the sport."
A charming paean to the sport of bird hunting by one of the elder statesmen of the wing-shooting press. Read full book review >
THE CINEMA OF OLIVER STONE by Norman Kagan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A useful resource, especially as a filmography, but the definitive book on Oliver Stone has yet to be written. (35 film stills, not seen)"
A workmanlike summary of the films and critical reception of one of America's hardest-working and most controversial directors. Read full book review >
ROGERS HORNSBY by Charles C. Alexander
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 27, 1995

"Alexander conveys an impressive wealth of facts, though his narrative seldom jumps off the page; nor does he satisfactorily explain how the game changed during Hornsby's career. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A thorough yet static portrait of one of the most accomplished players of baseball's ``golden age.'' ``I have never been a yes man,'' declared Rogers Hornsby in a 1950 interview, and this statement sums up his character. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >