Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"Makes a trip to the library seem more rewarding than a session with one's therapist."
Although the title implies a self-help book, this is no pop psychology how-to but an old-fashioned moral essay that speaks of character and values. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"If you rooted for anyone else during the '50s, skip it."
Prince (History/New York Univ.) turns both an academic's and a fan's eye on the great love of his youth, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1996

"One recital would tell us more about piano playing than a library of books like this one."
Pianist/pedogogue Sherman has mixed together takes on Zen philosophy and modern chaos theory with the meandering literary style of Laurence Sterne and snippets of fortune-cookie wisdom to produce this collection of brief, largely unrelated paragraphs on music, modern society, and piano technique. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1996

"Though her quest for cleverness is occasionally relentless, Tsing Loh is a sharp, earthy observer of an eccentric world."
Humorous anthropology: a collection of Tsing Loh's columns about Southern California in the '90s, reprinted from L.A.'s hip Buzz magazine. Read full book review >
A FEZ OF THE HEART by Jeremy Seal
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 28, 1996

"An adventure firmly predicated on the almost extirpated fez, yet far more than the story of a hat, Seal's book is an unerring pleasure to read."
An intrepid Englishman journeys across the geographic, cultural, and sartorial landscape of Turkey in this wryly trenchant narrative that delivers far more than its title portends. Read full book review >

PIANO LESSONS by Noah Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 1996

"Warm and fuzzy reading from a warm and fuzzy guy; just be happy that you don't have to hear him play. (Author tour)"
A report on surviving the midlife crisis while tickling the ivories. Read full book review >
WRIGLEYVILLE by Peter Golenbock
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 4, 1996

"Anecdotally interesting, but Golenbock could have done more legwork in some crucial areas, most notably Banks's outstanding career. (50 b&w photos)"
An okay history of the hapless but beloved Chicago Cubs, a baseball team that hasn't won a World Series since 1908 or played in one since 1945. Read full book review >
FANNY MENDELSSOHN by Françoise Tillard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1996

"It will take still further scholarship and extended reflection by additional biographers to give us Fanny Mendelssohn in depth, but this is a worthy start. (33 illustrations, not seen)"
An important first stab at the life and works of an underappreciated musical talent. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Highly recommended."
The latest collection of essays by Davis (Outcats, 1990; The History of the Blues, 1995; etc.) finds this gifted jazz critic singing some blues of his own. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1996

"Like the films it sometimes analyzes, flashes of brilliance amidst high and low pretentions, pastiche, and pother. (14 b&w photos)"
A passingly intelligent but disjointed critical examination of the gay ``underground'' cinema movement of the 1960s. Read full book review >
TCHAIKOVSKY by Anthony Holden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1996

"The basic facts are here and it's not badly written, but this is not the kind of artist's biography that fulfills its primary function: sending the reader back to the music with eager ears and new insight."
A popular biography of Russia's most famous composer, with particular emphasis on Tchaikovsky's sexual orientation and the controversy surrounding his death. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1996

"A reader would want to be on the guest list at one of von Beltz's parties. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A name-dropping, often funny account by one of California's golden girls who, paralyzed from the neck down after a car crash, prevailed over predictions that she faced life as nothing more than a ``talking head'' and death within five years. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >