Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Another book for the growing shelf from which some Maynard Solomon or musical Walter Jackson Bate will have to winnow when the time comes to write a critical biography rather than the Bernstein story. (100 b&w photos) (First printing of 35,000)"
Another big Lenny B. bio, jam-packed with accomplishment and angst. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Sporadically amusing but wholly dispensable."
A random walk through the entrepreneurial outskirts of postindustrial commerce and show biz with a tour guide whose spiel has a nasty edge to it. Read full book review >

SEEING RED by Dan Shaughnessy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"But as long as guys like Shaughnessy can hold a pen, it's always Red's game; anyone else just came to play. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Another work of Boston sports hagiography from one of the jock beat's leading home teamers. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 1994 by Tom Boswell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 3, 1994

"Period."
An anthology containing some of the most amusing, insightful, and moving sports writing from the past year. Read full book review >
TAKE ME HOME by John Denver
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 2, 1994

"This may resonate with Denver's still-sizable following but few others. (Author tour)"
A hazily rendered autobiography of the popular 1970s folk singer. Read full book review >

'YOU'RE OKAY, IT'S JUST A BRUISE' by Robert Huizenga
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Fans looking for something to pass the time between autumn Sundays could do a lot worse than read this no-punches-pulled tell- all. (First printing of 60,000; author tour)"
The former internist for the NFL's Los Angeles Raiders tells it like it is in this engaging muckraker's guide to the business of pro football. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"While keeping Stierle's story within the context of the larger AIDS tragedy, Solway's plain, measured prose makes clear the personal and professional magnitude of this individual loss. (Author tour)"
A sensitive biography of a young dancer/choreographer who died of AIDS just two days after his first two dances premiered at the Joffrey Ballet in March 1991. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"Droll rather than hilarious, and more elegiac than celebratory: a dispensable example of vaulting ambition that o'erleaps itself. (First serial to Granta; Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Readers expecting an antic appreciation of laughingstocks through the ages will be justifiably disappointed by this wry, selective, and self-absorbed compilation. Read full book review >
THE LAST SHOT by Darcy Frey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A heartbreaking, gritty piece of work."
Expanding the Harper's piece that won a National Magazine Award, Frey deepens his devastating indictment of big-time college basketball's recruiting circus and the long shot at redemption it offers four talented New York City high school players. Read full book review >
VAMPS AND TRAMPS by Camille Paglia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

Those who missed them in Playboy, The New Republic, and other media can catch up with culture diva Paglia's latest performances here. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

With the capable help of sportswriter Levine (Life on the Rim, 1990), the smallest man ever to play in the NBA tells his story with warmth and humor. Read full book review >
IRVING BERLIN by Mary Ellin Barrett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This memoir succeeds on a small scale, as a daughter's reach across time to recapture her childhood and make a final attempt to connect with her father. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Life with father, glossing over the bad times and trumpeting the good. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >