Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 296)

TOO SOON TO TELL by Calvin Trillin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"The perfect antidote to the smirky, mean-spirited humor so popular these days. (author tour)"
The prolific New Yorker journalist and gourmand collects the best from the last four years of his syndicated column—a healthy dose of common sense and amiable cynicism. Read full book review >
THE SLIGHTLY OLDER GUY by Bruce Jay Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Slight, but for Friedman's target demographic, reliably fun. (illustrations)"
A veteran humorist offers wry and shticky counsel on how to survive the ``rough patch'' of incipient male aging. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"The reader must care about the Hays family to be interested in this cross between a rite of passage and a sea passage, but the voyagers deserve accolades for this hazardous journey."
In an account combining elements of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and a sensitivity training group, a father and son courageously voyage around the tip of South America, challenging the elements, their sailing prowess, and their capacity to get along. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"For Hitchcock buffs a boon, but a disappointing effort that should have been better. (50 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Movie star Leigh (There Really Was a Hollywood, 1984) teams with freelancer Nickens (Brando, not reviewed) to give the real dish on the making of her most famous film, one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"For each downbeat there's an upbeat: an explosion of phosphorescence in the surf, an uncorrupted slice of shoreline, even the occasional relaxed day with his wife. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The uneasy but well-crafted story of a long paddle down the Sea of Cortes, from Waterman (In the Shadow of Denali, 1994). Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Despite its shortcomings, a useful study of one of the less examined dark corners of American sport. (First serial to Golf Digest)"
For a sport that promotes itself as ``the game for a lifetime'' for everyone, golf has a pretty sorry record where women are concerned, and Chambers recounts some of the key battles. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"As a business writer Heylin makes a good Bob Dylan fan."
A ramshackle history that defends the dissemination of unauthorized rock records. Read full book review >
RAGE TO SURVIVE by Etta James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Not exactly an uplifting story, but plenty of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to keep the fans happy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A better-than-average up-from-the-ghetto, as-told-to life story by the R&B diva. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Never again, after reading Ryan's book, will one be able to watch those tiny, lithe silhouettes—whether on the ice or the balance beam—without thinking of what they may have suffered to get there. (author tour)"
Ryan does for women's gymnastics and figure skating what Suzanne Gordon did for ballet a decade ago in Off Balance: The Real World of Ballet. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"That said, it is a useful work that earns a place on the shelf next to Scribner's superb History of the American Cinema series and the pioneering work of film historian Douglas Gomery. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
Waller (who teaches film and popular culture at the University of Kentucky) uses the movies and their commercial reception in Lexington, Ky., as a lens through which to examine the evolution of the entertainment business in small-city America, and to see how racial divisions affected that development. Read full book review >
PRYOR CONVICTIONS by Richard Pryor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1995

"This is a powerful autobiography of a talented man who made every effort to ruin his body and his career and lived to tell the tale. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Pryor reflects on a life of humor and hard living altered forever by the recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1995

"Impassioned, but occasionally florid and meandering."
A biography of—and tract on—Moses Fleetwood Walker, baseball's first black big-league star. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >