Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

MONSTER by John Gregory Dunne
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is a reasonably familiar Hollywood story, but Dunne's limber prose and acute, acid-tipped observations always keep things interesting: No need for rewrites here."
Further proof, elegantly presented, that Hollywood screenwriting is a mad, bad, wasteful, and highly remunerative process. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Goodman travels to Oz and dares to pull back the curtain—he finds both snake oil and genius."
Rock music has grown from social pariah to powerful engine of industry. This is an intelligent, honest look at the intersection of rock and business. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 21, 1997

"A captivating story told by a gracious host, and something delicious to eat at the end. (44 photos)"
Nix, a music industry veteran who has crossed paths with many of the greatest rock and blues musicians, offers a down-to-earth look at life on the road and in the studio—with recipes of the famous thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >
ONCE A DANCER... by Allegra Kent
Released: Jan. 16, 1997

"My stomach was a large, round, hard dome like a planetarium'')."
A daffy and unexpectedly poignant autobiography by the beguiling Balanchine ballerina celebrated in her heyday as a ``rubber orchid.'' Kent, born Iris Margo Cohen in 1937 ``on the very day Edith Wharton died, but in a different time zone,'' repossesses as a writer the unpredictable charm of her dancing. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Unfortunately, these strengths simply do not translate to the printed page—at least not in this collection. (b&w photos) ($50,000 ad/promo; radio and television satellite tours)"
The esteemed ex-footballer cum television announcer offers a rather too sweepingly titled recycling of his radio interviews. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"After all, they produced this finely wrought comic gem."
The road to sitcom hell is paved with yucks galore in this sharp and sprightly Hollywood tale. Read full book review >
YVES SAINT LAURENT by Alice Rawsthorn
Released: Jan. 7, 1997

"A frustrating and dispassionate study of an enigmatic figure and his glamorous and decadent milieu. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A soft but thorough take on the life and legacy of the neurotic, brilliant designer. Read full book review >
RADIO ON by Sarah Vowell
Released: Jan. 2, 1997

"Unfortunately, one of those rare books in which subject and author are in near-perfect harmony."
Be ready to hit the scan button repeatedly with this wildly uneven, day-by-day-by-day diary of a year—1995—spent listening to the radio. Read full book review >
A PLACE IN NORMANDY by Nicholas Kilmer
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"Kilmer's gentrified-hippy sensibility, at first rather engaging, grows thin long before the narrative winds down. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Quaint, quirky, leisurely, and often confiningly parochial, this is a paean to the rambling farmhouse in Normandy that's been in his family since 1920 and that Kilmer can't resist trying to restore to habitability. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

A collection of previously published profiles and essays by the feminist film critic (From Reverence to Rape, 1974, etc.) that offer offbeat, compelling approaches and keen observations but leave the reader yearning for more argument. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1997

"This is one of those rare books that elevates the usual bureaucratic drudgery of corporate America to an almost Shakespearean level of characterization, passion, and drama. (Author tour)"
What Tracy Kidder did for computers, Brinkley now does for television, in this masterful chronicle of the flips, foibles, and frenzy that characterized the nearly decade-long race to develop high definition television (HDTV). Read full book review >
STANLEY KUBRICK by Vincent LoBrutto
Released: Dec. 30, 1996

"A brave, and often successful, attempt to chronicle the life of a filmmaker famous for his noncooperation with chroniclers."
American cinema's least Hollywood-like director never quite emerges from the shadows in this biography, but many useful career details do. 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 >