Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >
INSIDE THE HELMET by Peter King
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
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 >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A clever, disciplined, and resourceful reading of the commonplace: a pioneering study that, though somewhat academic, will no doubt influence more popular studies. (Eight halftones, eight line drawings)"
To this original and erudite study, Lott (American Studies/University of Virginia) brings a mass of obscure information and a multidisciplinary approach, interpreting the meaning of black-face minstrelsy to the white working classes who invented and performed it. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Eight pages of photographs—not seen)."
Sperber (English and American Studies/Indiana University; College Sports Inc., 1990) does in this exceptional, exhaustive history of Notre Dame football what he does best: dash myths and penetrate to systemic corruption and hypocrisy, all the while maintaining an implicit love for collegiate athletics. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"A winner for sure, but less blindly battered and pain-ridden than Art Linson's arias in A Pound of Flesh (reviewed above)."
Hypnotically frank, though not for the ages, the memoirs of movie producer Steel; or, Horatio Alger Walks through Lions in Darkest Hollywood—and gets killed but not eaten. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

Intimate story of Harry, Jack, Albert, and Sam Warner and how they rose from immigrant rags to Hollywood riches by founding the Warner Brothers Studio—as told by Harry's granddaughter and family archivist Sperling, who spent 11 years researching, aided by Millner and with contributions by Jack Warner Jr., Ronald Reagan, and others. Read full book review >
JAZZ by James Lincoln Collier
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Bound to blow fresh winds through the jazz academy—and to please those interested in watching the feathers fly."
Ten philosophical essays on issues in jazz scholarship from jazz-historian and children's author Collier (author of controversial biographies of Armstrong, Ellington, and Goodman, among other works). Read full book review >
A MARRIAGE MADE IN HEAVEN...OR TOO TIRED FOR AN AFFAIR by Erma Bombeck
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1993

"Overall, though, this is as light as a feather—and could float to the top of the lists. (First printing of 500,000)"
Bombeck (When You Look Like Your Passport Photo, It's Time to Go Home, 1991, etc.) is in top form here, detonating snappy one- liners throughout this account of her 40-plus years of marriage. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >