Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

The man behind the popular documentary Roger and Me and the short-lived series TV Nation takes a stab at authorship—and at every conservative sacred cow available. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 15, 1996

A strained and frequently patronizing evaluation of ideological, rhetorical, and sociological elements in popular music. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 12, 1996

"However, in this era of marginal importance, as Goldstein's volume underscores, Ivy League football remains the game's sentimental bastion against creeping professionalism, and a good show besides. (112 photos, not seen)"
A New York Times football writer scores points in this illustrated account of how a major college football conference ``downsized'' to retain its focus on academics. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 1996

"Surefire inspiration for those who are inspired by the Bowdens; not much of anything for anyone else."
Bowden family values rule in this curious mixture of football and inspirational philosophies. Read full book review >
I'LL ALWAYS HAVE PARIS! by Art Buchwald
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"Paris never looked better. (First printing of 100,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Raconteur Buchwald (Leaving Home, 1993, etc.) checks in with the second installment of his memoirs. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 1996

"An up-close chance to meet a tough cookie who loves being a pro—and who probably wouldn't take your calls."
If the Girl Scout troops of Beverly Hills need an illuminating manual for their Fundamentals of Successful Producing merit badge, this is it. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Golden Age'' have rarely been so illuminatingly and insightfully detailed. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Hollywood reminiscences, and more, from the quintessential studio system director. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

Cogent technological exposition combines with Saturday- matinee melodrama to create a nearly moving saga of the many men who wanted singlehandedly to create what one inventor called ``radiovision.'' Beginning with an 1872 experiment on selenium rods that made British engineer Willoughby Smith imagine a system of ``visual telegraphy,'' Scientist David Fisher (Univ. of Miami; The Scariest Place on Earth 1994, etc.) and son, freelance writer Marshall Fisher, chart the scientific progression that culminated with the debut of commercial television programming in 1941. Read full book review >
SWIMMING THE CHANNEL by Sally Friedman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Not much comfort here, but a distinctive portrait of survival."
An unsentimental but ardent record of love and grief, related by a woman who lost her husband only days before she was to swim the English Channel. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Pochna exhibits a personal charm that must have helped win her some difficult interviews, but the bio often seems disjointed and unpolished. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
European-celeb biographer Pochna writes a serviceable history of Christian Dior on the 50th anniversary of the ``New Look.'' In February 1947 Dior launched a postwar fashion revolution, dubbed the New Look by Harper's Bazaar. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"If Quarrington is half as entertaining around a campfire as he is in this book, then he represents the Platonic ideal of the fishing buddy."
Novelist Quarrington (Whale Music, 1989) coaxes a wealth of bright humor from a couple of unlikely suspects: a fishless fishing trip and some really bad weather. Read full book review >
WAGNER by Michael Tanner
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"There is no question that Tanner, by fair means as well as foul, celebrates Wagner's power to achieve that."
Tanner, a Cambridge philosopher and opera critic for the Spectator, offers analyses of the plots of Wagner's operas, the intellectual themes projected by them, and an evaluation of the music that is (for most of us) their justification. 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 >