Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

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
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 >

Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Nothing really new here, but a vivid recreation of a great period and a seminal company in popular music. (Author tour)"
A substantive, reasonably candid memoir from the founder of Detroit's legendary Motown Records, creator of the soundtrack of the '60s. Read full book review >
PLEASE STAND BY by Michael Ritchie
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"The 77 black-and-white photos provided here hold the nonspecialist's attention, while the text rarely does."
A well-researched but dull account of the hungry, unkempt days of early television. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The author's intimate connection to his material and his tremendous capacity for description strengthen this provocative and entertaining work."
An astute, engrossing examination of the dynamic relationship between comedy and social revolution. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"A few pearls among the paranoia, but this flawed paean to literacy is as awkward as its title."
An academic's meandering foray into the realms of the preliterate. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Interesting stories in search of a collective purpose. (32 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Fox seems to have formed this disjointed work by taking a worthy collection of anecdotes from the professional worlds of baseball, football, and basketball and throwing them against the wall to see what would stick. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Quinn performs his task in a richly straightforward way, depicting his colorful cast with a keen sense of the delicate meshing of the personal and the historical."
Quinn, fresh from his exploration of early America in A New World ( p. 535), takes on the early days of gold-rush California through the story of two men whose political and personal rivalry was to end in tragedy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Enjoyable anecdotes, not much insight or history. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The CBS anchorman tells of his globe-trotting moments—good yarns, though they're not exactly representative of his usual daily work behind a desk. Read full book review >
BLACKFACE by Nelson George
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"A savvy, revealing insider's view of the struggle for films created and controlled by African-Americans in Hollywood. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A textured personal exploration of the last 30 years of African-American cinema. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"The perfect antidote to revolutionary tourism, O'Rourke's raucous narrative suffers from one conceptual flaw: Like many right-wingers, he forgets that regulation, reform, and butting in led to so many of our current freedoms. (First printing of 150,000; $150,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Rolling Stone's token Republican and the H.L. Mencken Fellow of the libertarian Cato Institute, O'Rourke (Give War a Chance, 1992, etc.) has written his most sustained and well-argued book yet. Read full book review >
ARTHUR FIEDLER by Johanna Fiedler
Released: Oct. 11, 1994

"Only Fiedler enthusiasts and habituÇs of the classical music scene will want to wade through the run-of-the-mill pop psychologizing featured here."
The daughter of Boston's beloved maestro transposes the familiar laments of a star's adult child into the world of classical music. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
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 >