Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

GHOST OF A CHANCE by Peter Duchin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"True to his piano style, it's upbeat and smartly paced—though you get the sense he's dutifully marching you through. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A chatty self-portrait, much of it via press clips and other friends' recollections, of life in the entertainment wing of the Social Register. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Despite the pompous subtitle, a lighthearted look at life inside the one late-night show that takes the world seriously. (TV satellite tour)"
A charming anecdotal account of how a group of ABC execs parlayed an international incident into a news show that redefined late-night television and made little-known anchorman as popular as Johnny Carson. ``The show brought to you by the Ayatollah Khomeini,'' as it was jokingly referred to, Nightline evolved 16 years ago from the series America Held Hostage, ABC's response to their viewers' seemingly insatiable interest in the Iranian hostage crisis. Read full book review >

I WAS RIGHT ON TIME by Buck O'Neil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Sweetly self-effacing, O'Neil's grace and charm play almost as well here as they do for the camera. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
The life of former Negro League player and manager O'Neil, whose folksy gentility was so winning in Ken Burns's documentary Baseball. Read full book review >
WHEN THE BOYS CAME BACK by Frederick  Turner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Turner's writing could be livelier, but baseball fans will enjoy this account of a unique season. (45 b&w photos and drawings, not seen)"
A fresh perspective on the season when premier players such as Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, and Bob Feller returned from WW II. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"Interesting reading for golfers and nongolfers alike."
An insightful if occasionally lightweight glimpse at the inner dynamics of the insular world of professional golf. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"An intelligent but sometimes too clever deconstruction of this strange, disquieting aspect of early cinema. (61 b&w photos, not seen)"
Over-argued, under-organized examination of the cultural significance of blackface in American film. Read full book review >
INSIDE STAR TREK by Herbert F. Solow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Still, despite its flaws, Star Trek completists and fans certainly will want to read this book. (First printing of 75,000)"
A highly detailed account of the Star Trek phenomenon, written with affection but without zest by two men who were instrumental in the creation and production of that innovative show. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS WITH BOULEZ by Jean Vermeil
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1996

"These conversations give insight into why Boulez's conducting is at a genius level: He has an unparalleled grasp of the scores, a fiercely intelligent command over the orchestra, and is able as a result to create concerts and recordings that seem nothing short of marvels."
These conversations about the art of conducting between Vermeil, a French journalist, and Boulez demonstrate that the fanatic conductor and composer (now 70) hasn't mellowed: He remains an aggressive, ungenerous partisan with a bitchy wit. Read full book review >
HOUSEBOAT ON THE SEINE by William Wharton
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1996

"Readers expecting charm in this slim volume, however, should beware: Wharton's gritty and unembellished story—an amalgam of boatbuilding manual and memoir of expatriate life—is fascinating but not for the squeamish."
Novelist/painter Wharton, whose last book was the nonfiction account of his daughter's tragic death in a car accident (Ever After, 1995), here tackles the more pleasant topic of houseboating on the Seine, with unexpected results. Read full book review >
TALKING TO ANGELS by Robert Perkins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 16, 1996

"Perkins's 46 years have been a long, hard haul, but the guy's an artful survivor, unafraid to face the demons."
A fragile, dolorous triptych of derangement, exploration, and loss from the Arctic-rambling filmmaker Perkins (Into the Great Solitude, 1991, etc.). Read full book review >
WILDER TIMES by Kevin Lally
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 7, 1996

"An intelligent if somewhat plodding biography that gets most of its occasional sparkle from the wit of Wilder himself. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Lally, managing editor of The Film Journal, offers the first Wilder biography in several years, covering the director's last films. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 1996

"A nicely told look back at what was, and a glimpse of what might have been, in the field of broadcast journalism."
An absorbing, frequently poignant narrative about the heroes of CBS radio news, the men and women who set the standards for broadcast journalism during WW II, and about what happened to the heroes, and the standards, in the years that followed. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >