Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

Released: Oct. 20, 1993

"Heated, hypnotic, bizarre: Mesoamerican history as if composed by an Aztec priest. (One halftone, one map)"
French avant-garde novelist Le ClÇzio (The Giants, 1975, etc.) offers up a meditation and lamentation on Mesoamerican civilizations and the Spanish conquest. Read full book review >
HERBLOCK by Herbert Block
Released: Oct. 18, 1993

"Outspoken, unashamedly liberal, and thoroughly readable. (Enriched by 200 vintage Herblock cartoons, plus an eight-page photo insert—not seen)"
Block—a.k.a. ``Herblock''—is a national institution. Read full book review >

OUT OF ORDER by Thomas E. Patterson
Released: Oct. 14, 1993

"Provocative prescriptions that draw useful distinctions between good politics and good government. (Charts and tabular material—not seen)"
An arresting and perceptive critique of the media-centric process by which America selects its Presidents. Read full book review >
OPERA IN AMERICA by John Dizikes
Released: Oct. 13, 1993

"Should attract and fascinate a wide audience, lovers of Americana as well as opera fans. (128 illustrations)"
A smart, funny, splendidly written, and strikingly illustrated panorama of the New World's adoption of the Old World's most lavish and lively art form. Read full book review >
VERDI by Mary Jane Phillips-Matz
Released: Oct. 7, 1993

"To a shelf of CDs and Julian Budden's magisterial three-volume musico-dramatic analysis of the operas, the complete Verdian now must add this book. (Illustrations)"
This monument of research—a lifetime's labor of love—now becomes the standard scholarly biography of Giuseppe Verdi in English. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 5, 1993

"While Kahn covers a lot of well-trampled ground here, he does so with an elegant authority that—without false sentiment or excessive nostalgia—puts certain of the diamond game's good old days in clear and compelling perspective. (Photographs—not seen)"
An agreeably digressive and anecdotal trip, with a perceptive guide, down a remarkable span in baseball's memory lane. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 1993

Actually, on the evidence here, Krassner—founder/editor of The Realist and the most outrageous cultural critic of his era—no longer raves now that he's in his 60s. Read full book review >
VIVALDI by H.C. Robbins Landon
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"No fluff—just the facts and an invitation to explore the music. (Thirty illustrations)"
Short in length but long on scholarship, a ``life and works'' of the 18th-century Venetian master that belongs on the shelf of every serious music student. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Brilliantly written. (Includes a select discography, filmography, and videography)"
Essential biographical guide to composer/bandleader Duke Ellington's music, analyzing its development year by year with sidebar essays on the best recordings. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A bit uneven, but fun for those who love the game."
What goes into the ``X's'' and ``O's''—the art and the science—of football? Read full book review >
I'M STILL SCRAMBLING by Randall Cunningham
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"While Cunningham seemingly tries to respond to his critics here, not sidestepping the tough questions, his answers ring a little hollow and self-serving, even for a sports memoir."
In a candid if once-over-lightly effort, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Cunningham tells his side of the story of the firing of coach Buddy Ryan, the controversy over Cunningham's replacement by Jim McMahon, Cunningham's volatile relationship with his teammates, and his record-setting performances on the field. Read full book review >
GIFFORD by Frank Gifford
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Like the man himself, this long-awaited memoir by football Hall-of-Famer and broadcaster Gifford is a measured, straightforward, good-natured piece of work. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >