Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 297)

MINOR PLAYERS, MAJOR DREAMS by Brett H. Mandel
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 1997

"While his descriptions and characterizations are evocative, even poignant, the author appears tentative about how to approach his subject, producing a narrative that veers uncertainly from documentary to nostalgic celebration. (16 photos)"
A baseball fan chucks the 9-to-5 world to write about a season in minor-league baseball. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But most of Virtuous Reality comes off as old material repackaged and peppered with some vituperative commentary. (illustrations, not seen)"
A preachy, uninspired tract on the technological, moral, and media changes in America, by Wired magazine's media critic. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Very likable, but essentially a string of anecdotes that don't cohere into anything larger."
A witty, often endearing throwaway memoir of a young musician's professional coming-of-age in the '60s and early '70s. Read full book review >
WOMEN WARRIORS by David E. Jones
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

A full yet readable historical survey of women at war that convincingly shows females have long been soldiers and military leaders. Read full book review >
AMERICAN INDIAN BALLERINAS by Lili Cockerille Livingston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"But not one written by Livingston. (42 photos, not seen)"
A brief and unabashed celebration of the professional achievements of dancers Maria and Marjorie Tallchief (who are siblings), Rosella Hightower, and Yvonne Chouteau. Read full book review >

MERRILL MARKOE'S GUIDE TO LOVE by Merrill Markoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"A fun romp through the sillier side of love, best savored in small does."
Markoe (How to Be Hap-Hap-Happy Like Me, 1994), a columnist and Emmy Awardwinning former writer for David Letterman, is like a sassy friend who's fun to spend time with—although maybe not too much time all at once. Read full book review >
MONSTER by John Gregory Dunne
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"This is a reasonably familiar Hollywood story, but Dunne's limber prose and acute, acid-tipped observations always keep things interesting: No need for rewrites here."
Further proof, elegantly presented, that Hollywood screenwriting is a mad, bad, wasteful, and highly remunerative process. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Goodman travels to Oz and dares to pull back the curtain—he finds both snake oil and genius."
Rock music has grown from social pariah to powerful engine of industry. This is an intelligent, honest look at the intersection of rock and business. Read full book review >
ROAD STORIES AND RECIPES by Don Nix
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 1997

"A captivating story told by a gracious host, and something delicious to eat at the end. (44 photos)"
Nix, a music industry veteran who has crossed paths with many of the greatest rock and blues musicians, offers a down-to-earth look at life on the road and in the studio—with recipes of the famous thrown in for good measure. Read full book review >
ONCE A DANCER... by Allegra Kent
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 16, 1997

"My stomach was a large, round, hard dome like a planetarium'')."
A daffy and unexpectedly poignant autobiography by the beguiling Balanchine ballerina celebrated in her heyday as a ``rubber orchid.'' Kent, born Iris Margo Cohen in 1937 ``on the very day Edith Wharton died, but in a different time zone,'' repossesses as a writer the unpredictable charm of her dancing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 1997

"Unfortunately, these strengths simply do not translate to the printed page—at least not in this collection. (b&w photos) ($50,000 ad/promo; radio and television satellite tours)"
The esteemed ex-footballer cum television announcer offers a rather too sweepingly titled recycling of his radio interviews. Read full book review >
CONVERSATIONS WITH MY AGENT by Rob Long
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 13, 1997

"After all, they produced this finely wrought comic gem."
The road to sitcom hell is paved with yucks galore in this sharp and sprightly Hollywood tale. 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 >