Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

LESBIANISM MADE EASY by Helen Eisenbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 19, 1996

An insider's sophomoric paean to the lesbian way of life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 19, 1996

"Of course, by deriving broad, fixed meaning from fragments of an atomized culture, he's not only contradicting himself, but revealing that he's an old fogy who can't hang ten on chaos. ($50,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Kaffee-klatsch musings masquerade as visionary insight in this hopelessly square Baedeker to what we can learn from today's youth, or ``screenager,'' culture. Read full book review >

HEARTBREAK HILL by Tim Rosaforte
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 14, 1996

"A dramatic contest that should have been of interest to nongolfers is put out of reach of all but the most devoted hackers. (8 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An uneven and frequently arcane account of last year's dramatic Ryder Cup golf tournament. Read full book review >
NO SHIRT, NO SHOES . . . NO PROBLEM! by Jeff Foxworthy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 1996

"The hillbilly hijinks, to be fair, are mildly entertaining, but you might be a redneck if you take this text for anything more than showbiz ephemera. (Author tour)"
The star of his eponymous television show has hit it big with recordings and paperbacks (You Might Be a Redneck If, not reviewed, etc.) and now presents more of what was once called rube comedy. Read full book review >
ROSEBUD by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 1996

"A mulligan stew of a book that is best read as a complement to, rather than as a substitute for, other books on Welles. (69 photos) (First printing of 50,000)"
Eccentric biography of an even more eccentric genius. Read full book review >

A FLYFISHER'S WORLD by Nick Lyons
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"For Lyons, fishing is a matter of the heart, and to fishing he has blissfully lost his."
How Lyons (Fishing Widows, 1974, etc., and president of Lyons & Burford publishers) manages, year after year, to wrest fresh, hugely entertaining material from the world of fly-fishing is a mystery. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"For the serious reader, this volume of essays will have a decided impact on how the next western is viewed. (56 photos, not seen)"
An insightful if occasionally dry collection of historical and sociological studies by academics demonstrating how whites have portrayed Native Americans in a wide range of media for the last two centuries. Read full book review >
COYOTE V. ACME by Ian Frazier
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"And in the time it takes to read the average book just once, this text can be read over and over again—which is not such a bad idea."
Fresh from a memoir cum family history (Family, 1994), the author returns to the antic form with which he first made his name. Read full book review >
LUSH LIFE by David Hajdu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"A good idea done right."
Hajdu (an editor at Entertainment Weekly) has found a perfect subject in Strayhorn, a little-studied figure central to jazz history, the composer of such famous Ellington-band pieces as ``Chelsea Bridge,'' ``Lush Life,'' and ``Take the A Train.'' ``Strays'' (also known as ``Swee' Pea''), born in 1915, grew up working-class in Pittsburgh and had high-society aspirations from the start: He wrote an entire Gershwin-like musical revue a year out of high school, full of sophisticated recitative and advanced harmony. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"If we end up in the toxic landfill of History, it won't be because the writers in this witty, wonderfully entertaining collection failed to warn us."
Twenty-two sparkling essays defend the apocalyptic proposition that American culture ``has somehow begun sliding down a long, steep chute into nullity.'' Ever since Allan Bloom unexpectedly hit the bestseller lists in 1988 with his denunciation of cultural and intellectual standards in the US, publishers have cheerfully cultivated his theme. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Although it is the fans of his cinema that will profit most from this collection, any serious student of film should give it a look."
A collection of interviews and essays, many of them never before available in English, from one of the most important postwar Italian filmmakers. Read full book review >
CAUGHT INSIDE by Daniel Duane
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Duane wrestles poetry from the surf's chaos—wild and vital, supple and elegant. (Author tour)"
Duane (Lighting Out, 1994) is a surf hound, doubtless, but he explores a whole lot more than great green rooms of tubular water in this testament to an obsession. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >