Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"More debate and diversity of opinion would have been welcome instead of Seger's seamless united front."
A thorough but pedestrian look at women's evolving roles in film and television. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Not the definitive biography, then, and certainly not for casual G&S fans—but the most authoritative effort of its kind thus far, and, particularly considering the often-academic content, crisply readable. (16 pages b&w illustrations)"
Stedman, editor of a collection of Gilbert's non-G&S works (Gilbert Before Sullivan, 1967), now offers a solid, stylish, well- researched critical biography—which effectively emphasizes the Victorian-theater context of Gilbert's writings but fails to pay proper attention to his genius as a lyricist. Read full book review >

NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)"
This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. Read full book review >
THE GIFT OF TROUT by Ted Leeson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"Only 50 percent of these entries deserve to be called great writing; the remainder qualify as good ol' boys scratching each others' good ol' backs. (b&w illustrations)"
The keeper of this ``treasury'' of troutiana should have kept a sharper eye out for counterfeits. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"An authoritative and enlightening survey of what the future might hold for those who engage in combat on America's behalf."
Hard on the heels of a widely publicized GAO report charging that the Pentagon oversold the high-tech weapons used during the 1991 Gulf War comes an informative, down-to-earth assessment of what arms the US military could and should bear in the years ahead. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 23, 1996

"A hard, sad tale, one which removes the varnish from an American legend and paints him in all-too-human colors. (16 pages photos) (Author tour)"
What makes this already familiar account of drunkenness, infidelity, and remorse so startling is that it's by Mantle and members of his family. Read full book review >
FOREVER, ERMA by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1996

"Thanks, Erma."
A collection of more than 100 of Bombeck's most popular newspaper columns (during her long career she produced 4,500 pieces), ranging from those published in the 1960s, when Bombeck first darted out from behind the drier to explain where the other sock went, to columns written shortly before her death earlier this year. Read full book review >
LIVING IT UP by Karen Finley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"With her funny illustrations, Finley serves a merely clever amuse-gueule that could have been a more substantial meal. (Author tour)"
Controversial performance artist Finley, who sent up self-help groups in Enough Is Enough (not reviewed), gives her downtown edge to household goddess Martha Stewart and other icons of supermarket domesticity. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 14, 1996

"Because he can'') that even the angriest fan will turn away. (First serial to Esquire; author tour)"
Nothing new in this angry diatribe from sports columnist and novelist Lupica (Jump, 1995, etc.): Professional athletes and team owners are arrogant, selfish, and greedy; the fans are fed up; and somebody should do something about it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"For cigar zealots, old and new, here's another accoutrement to place beside the humidor and the clipper. (illustrations and cigar ratings, not seen)"
Here's a guidebook for the new generation of affluent stogie enthusiasts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"An empowering message for concerned parents. (Author tour)"
Cogent evidence that media violence encourages aggression, desensitization, and pessimism in young people, combined with clear advice to parents on how to protect their children. Read full book review >
FOOLS' NAMES, FOOLS' FACES by Andrew Ferguson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 4, 1996

"Flaws aside, this is rarely a dull book, but it is carelessly compiled, and Ferguson spends too much time looking over other writers' shoulders."
A collection of short, somewhat topical, somewhat humorous essays by a self-described ``journalistic hit man.'' From H.L. Mencken to Tom Wolfe to P.J. O'Rourke the right has enjoyed a proud tradition of wickedly acerbic and satirical cultural criticism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >