Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

FRAGMENTS by Andre de Toth
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Although it suffers a bit from longueurs in the last hundred pages and is unforthcoming about de Toth's actual filmmaking experiences, Fragments is an entertaining and unexpected look at an unconventional life."
Faber's latest entry in its excellent film book series is the autobiography of one of Hollywood's most underrated filmmakers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, this is as thorough a recounting as we can probably hope for of this extraordinary but neglected talent. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable and meticulous, this is the first full-scale biography of America's first horror-film auteur. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Western Civilization: The Movie'' is unlikely to be playing at the local multiplex any time soon."
A muddled series of essays investigating the limits and possibilities of film as a medium for comprehending the past. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Not the best of Bombeck, but as always, a welcome poke at the misguided dieters, shoppers, spouses, TV hosts, and others in the animal kingdom who prize propriety over a belly laugh. ($400,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild selection; first serial to Good Housekeeping)"
Here's Erma, to human beings what Jane Goodall is to chimpanzeesan ardent student and a whole lot funnier. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING VISION by James Day
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, much of this book feels like an interminable PBS pledge drive (which Day helped invent) but without the premium tote bags and coffee mugs as consolation. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A plodding history of American public television by someone present at its creation. Read full book review >

BILLIE HOLIDAY by Stuart Nicholson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"This Lady is still waiting for her Day in the biographical sun. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Less-than-satisfying biography of a well-beloved jazz singer, despite some interesting musical analysis. Read full book review >
CHOPIN by Jeremy Siepmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"If these features lead the Chopin novice to further exploration, Siepmann's literary smudges will merit forgiveness. (illustrations, not seen)"
A short biography of the Polish composer and piano virtuoso, seasoned with nontechnical musical discussion. Read full book review >
X-RAY by Ray Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"An overweening but entertaining mess."
The genius behind the Kinks escorts a fictional interlocutor through the first three decades of his life, with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics. Read full book review >
DOGS THAT POINT, FISH THAT BITE by Jim Dean
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"As fun and important as a rainy day sittin' round the cracker barreland with none of the corn pone."
A lighthearted, pleasantly diverting collection of Dean's columns on hunting and fishing the woods and streams of North Carolina. Read full book review >
SUDDEN GLORY by Barry Sanders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

"Refreshing, although the promise of subversion fizzles."
Often ebullient, but sometimes just gassy, this ambitious study sketches a counterhistory of Western thought by tracing the salient roles of laughter. Read full book review >
ONLY IN AMERICA by Jack Newfield
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1995

"What emerges from this study is a solid, factual, and uncommonly entertaining profile of boxing's reigning scumbucket. (23 b&w photos, not seen)"
A two-fisted, no-punches-pulled exposÇ of boxing promoter Don King. Read full book review >
IRON MAN by Harvey Rosenfeld
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Too bad an Iron Man inspired such leaden prose."
Timed to come out just as he breaks the fabled Gehrig streak of 2,130 consecutive games played, this is the first adult bio of Cal Ripken Jr., written by freelancer Rosenfeld (Roger Maris: A Title to Fame, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >