Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

BRAM STOKER by Barbara Belford
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 10, 1996

"Belford doesn't manage an answer. (87 photos and illustrations)"
A very, well, anemic account of the life of the man who wrote the ultimate vampire tale, from the biographer of Edwardian novelist Violet Hunt (1990). Read full book review >
THE RANTS by Dennis Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 1996

Talk show host Miller (as in HBO's Dennis Miller Live) reconnoiters the sorry state of the nation with a gathering of raving, raging monologues. ``Now,'' he usually starts, ``I don't want to get off on a rant here,'' whereupon the sage of cable TV walks the walk and talks the talk. Read full book review >

WHEN WE WERE GOOD by Robert S. Cantwell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"An odd hodgepodge, which will be of interest primarily to the academic folklore community. (17 b&w photos)"
Jargon-rich but provocative study of the folk-music craze of the '60s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"A nearly edible travelogue—smooth as mousse, full of savory tidbits, and memorable."
In this thoroughly entertaining travel narrative, Clarke (Pearl Harbor Ghosts: A Journey to Hawaii Then and Now, 1991, etc.) takes the measure of the San Andreas fault, that 750-mile scar running head to foot through California, and finds residing along the crack a sideshow's worth of oddballs, shysters, and ugly memories. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"We never get a good feel for Marty as a person, but even at arm's length Hemphill manages to engagingly show the ups and downs and the attendant anxieties of a young man in pursuit of a dream."
A year's chronicle of one player's trials and triumphs in baseball's minor leagues. Read full book review >

I LIVED TO TELL IT ALL by George Jones
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Introspection is not the guiding force in this rags-to- excesses story. (32 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The life and times of a hard-livin' good ol' boy. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Makes a trip to the library seem more rewarding than a session with one's therapist."
Although the title implies a self-help book, this is no pop psychology how-to but an old-fashioned moral essay that speaks of character and values. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"If you rooted for anyone else during the '50s, skip it."
Prince (History/New York Univ.) turns both an academic's and a fan's eye on the great love of his youth, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"One recital would tell us more about piano playing than a library of books like this one."
Pianist/pedogogue Sherman has mixed together takes on Zen philosophy and modern chaos theory with the meandering literary style of Laurence Sterne and snippets of fortune-cookie wisdom to produce this collection of brief, largely unrelated paragraphs on music, modern society, and piano technique. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Though her quest for cleverness is occasionally relentless, Tsing Loh is a sharp, earthy observer of an eccentric world."
Humorous anthropology: a collection of Tsing Loh's columns about Southern California in the '90s, reprinted from L.A.'s hip Buzz magazine. Read full book review >
A FEZ OF THE HEART by Jeremy Seal
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 28, 1996

"An adventure firmly predicated on the almost extirpated fez, yet far more than the story of a hat, Seal's book is an unerring pleasure to read."
An intrepid Englishman journeys across the geographic, cultural, and sartorial landscape of Turkey in this wryly trenchant narrative that delivers far more than its title portends. Read full book review >
PIANO LESSONS by Noah Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1996

"Warm and fuzzy reading from a warm and fuzzy guy; just be happy that you don't have to hear him play. (Author tour)"
A report on surviving the midlife crisis while tickling the ivories. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >