Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"A hard, sad tale, one which removes the varnish from an American legend and paints him in all-too-human colors. (16 pages photos) (Author tour)"
What makes this already familiar account of drunkenness, infidelity, and remorse so startling is that it's by Mantle and members of his family. Read full book review >
FOREVER, ERMA by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1996

"Thanks, Erma."
A collection of more than 100 of Bombeck's most popular newspaper columns (during her long career she produced 4,500 pieces), ranging from those published in the 1960s, when Bombeck first darted out from behind the drier to explain where the other sock went, to columns written shortly before her death earlier this year. Read full book review >

LIVING IT UP by Karen Finley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"With her funny illustrations, Finley serves a merely clever amuse-gueule that could have been a more substantial meal. (Author tour)"
Controversial performance artist Finley, who sent up self-help groups in Enough Is Enough (not reviewed), gives her downtown edge to household goddess Martha Stewart and other icons of supermarket domesticity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Because he can'') that even the angriest fan will turn away. (First serial to Esquire; author tour)"
Nothing new in this angry diatribe from sports columnist and novelist Lupica (Jump, 1995, etc.): Professional athletes and team owners are arrogant, selfish, and greedy; the fans are fed up; and somebody should do something about it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"For cigar zealots, old and new, here's another accoutrement to place beside the humidor and the clipper. (illustrations and cigar ratings, not seen)"
Here's a guidebook for the new generation of affluent stogie enthusiasts. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"An empowering message for concerned parents. (Author tour)"
Cogent evidence that media violence encourages aggression, desensitization, and pessimism in young people, combined with clear advice to parents on how to protect their children. Read full book review >
FOOLS' NAMES, FOOLS' FACES by Andrew Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Flaws aside, this is rarely a dull book, but it is carelessly compiled, and Ferguson spends too much time looking over other writers' shoulders."
A collection of short, somewhat topical, somewhat humorous essays by a self-described ``journalistic hit man.'' From H.L. Mencken to Tom Wolfe to P.J. O'Rourke the right has enjoyed a proud tradition of wickedly acerbic and satirical cultural criticism. Read full book review >
THE EROTIC IN SPORTS by Allen Guttmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 3, 1996

"But it's not always clear what Guttmann is arguing for or against. (48 illustrations, not seen)"
A scholarly, often lively if inconclusive treatise that suggests that ``there is an inherent erotic element'' in sports and that we should be candid about it, as were the ancient Greeks. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An intelligent, fair, fascinating portrait of a seminal figure in American ballet. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A vigorous, finely balanced reporting job on the late Robert Joffrey and his ever-popular dance company. Read full book review >
THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES by Geoffrey Douglas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Worthy of comparison to such classics of sports reporting as David Halberstam's Summer of '49, this book should be a real kick for soccer rooters and nonfans alike."
A timely and authoritative account of the Americans who pulled off one of the sporting world's most stunning upsets by defeating the powerhouse English soccer team in the 1950 World Cup. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"An unblinking portrait of Lomax's eccentricities, his outspokenness, and his prejudices—including racism—keep this from dissolving into standard academic fare. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Scholarly biography of a colorful folklorist who was equal parts academic, businessman, and hustler. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A tellingly detailed, often gossipy, and consistently absorbing case study on the largely self-induced eclipse of a commercial paragon, from journalists who know the territory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A fine generation-spanning account of the unhappy fate of Schwinn, a family firm that for the better part of a century bestrode US bicycle business like a colossus. 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 >