Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1997

"Simply put, this is a marvelous book. (photos) (Author tour)"
Kahn, dean of American sportswriters, shares his memories of a time when baseball players and writers were not the servants of different corporate masters and the game itself was not a virtual hostage to corporate or political interests. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"There is much to admire here, but pop culture buffs may wish that Hilmes could break her academic chains and speak as directly as the radio voices she so clearly loves. (19 photos, 3 illustrations, not seen)"
An often evocative study of the sociological impact of the Golden Age of radio. Read full book review >

BROOK TROUT by Nick Karas
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Angling literature, burdened as it is by overproduction, has every reason to celebrate Karas's brook trout encomium. (color and b&w photos and illustrations, not seen)"
The much maligned brook trout gets star billing in this encyclopedic, readable study of Salvelinus fontinalis from Newsday outdoor columnist Karas. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"A cheerful, flippant view of family life, with a compassionate undercurrent that gives these observations weight."
A selection of lighthearted, sometimes very funny newspaper and magazine columns about the perils of raising children and holding a job at the same time. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Not for the layperson. (13 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable but occasionally arcane collection of essays celebrating the Golden Age of ``old-time'' southern fiddling (192555). Read full book review >

WHO THE DEVIL MADE IT by Peter Bogdanovich
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fine achievement that helps illuminate the art and craft of some remarkable directors. (62 b&w photos, not seen)"
This massive collection of lengthy, in-depth conversations with 16 of Hollywood's greatest directors is a film buff's delight. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

Another epic adventure from a renowned traveler and writer. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Walpurgis Nightlife from the Age of Coke and Quaaludes to the Era of Ecstasy."
Gossip-laced and rumor-spiked, an intelligently written history of 20-plus years of New York nightclubbing. Read full book review >
HOME FIELD by John Douglas Marshall
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"And every writer considering putting such thoughts on paper should think about how much of baseball is about striking out—a lesson verified by this collection."
Nine accomplished writers on baseball as it is played in the Northwest, and as it has played out in their lives, in a collection edited by Seattle Post-Intelligencer writer Marshall (Reconciliation Road, 1993). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fine and unusually truthful revelation of the changes America's technology is making throughout the world. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour; TV/radio satellite tour)"
A surprisingly good memoir by CNN's longtime Beijing bureau chief, which offers vivid proof why (thanks to journalists like Chinoy) CNN is no longer Chicken Noodle News. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Plenty of pleasurable encounters, though not always satisfying."
A detailed and engrossing history of the sexual revolution, though at points marred by an uneven understanding of the landscape. Read full book review >
ICEBREAKER by Rudy Galindo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"His story is more edifying than Ekaterina Gordeeva's—but can he join her on the bestseller list?"
Tonya Harding is not the only figure skater born on the worng side of the tracks—and others, like Rudy Galindo, have achieved respect along with their success. 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 >