Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 1, 1996

"What may play well on the radio is here revealed as shallow, imprecise bluster."
As host of the eponymous Bob Grant Show, the author has spent decades espousing the controversial views that clutter this book. Read full book review >
OVER THE HILLS by David Lamb
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

Astride his trusty Trek 520, Los Angeles Times correspondent Lamb (Stolen Season, 1991, etc.) pedals his way from the Potomac to the Pacific in this entertaining 3,145-mile ramble, which is more cycling manifesto than travelogue. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

An accomplished chronicler of baseball's Negro Leagues (Don't Look Back: Satchel Paige in the Shadows of Baseball, 1994, etc.) attempts to reclaim from myth the true character of a man best known as the ``Black Babe Ruth.'' Between 1928 and 1946, a time that featured such greats as Leroy ``Satchel'' Paige, Judy Johnson, and ``Cool Papa'' Bell, Josh Gibson was possibly black baseball's greatest attraction. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

It's where on the sandlot you, as a kid, first essayed the national pastime that determines your lot in life, according to the comic proponents of the Ryan Theory of Adolescent Development in American Males. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1996

"Recommended for the student of musical-theater history; less vital for the general reader."
This is the complete correspondence of Weill and Lenya, though because she preserved far more of his letters than he did of hers, the book tends to heavily favor Weill's voice. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Baseball cognoscenti will find plenty to chew on here. (24 halftones, not seen)"
An astute examination of how baseball emerged as the national pastime by fostering a pastoral mythology that remained unchallenged until the early 1950s. Read full book review >
THE SIBLING SOCIETY by Robert Bly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

"Urgent, impassioned, with (potentially) wide appeal, but Bly's myth-patterns jar with his newly adopted news-magazine style of statistics and commentary."
Following Iron John's (1990) mythopoetic men's-movement guide, Bly's new jeremiad turns to broader issues of children and parents, excoriating the modern world as an adolescent culture lacking parental supervision. Read full book review >
HONUS WAGNER by Dennis DeValeria
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 1996

"The authors (members of SABR, the Society for American Baseball Research) divulge little, however, in their hagiography about how Wagner changed the game, or vice versa."
A baseball story too good to be true, written in a style that makes it seem even less probable. Read full book review >
TEENAGERS by Grace Palladino
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 24, 1996

"Replete with statistics, first-person accounts, and extensive footnotes, this is the first social history to follow Beaver and Wally's devolution into Beavis and Butt-Head."
A direct, droll, but disturbing social history of American teenagers and their value in the marketplace. Read full book review >
FRANZ LISZT by Alan Walker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 24, 1996

"Thorough, engaging, if slightly rose-colored account of the composer's later years. (15 b&w illustrations)"
Third and final hefty volume on the larger-than-life Romantic composer/pianist (preceded by Franz Liszt: The Virtuoso Years, 18111848, 1983, and Franz Liszt: The Weimar Years, 18481861, 1989). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 23, 1996

"Students of the Information Age will find little new here, but Winograd and Buffa still offer useful points for debate."
When the machines of the information society take over, will the old political machine throw a rod? Read full book review >
BRAM STOKER by Barbara Belford
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 10, 1996

"Belford doesn't manage an answer. (87 photos and illustrations)"
A very, well, anemic account of the life of the man who wrote the ultimate vampire tale, from the biographer of Edwardian novelist Violet Hunt (1990). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 14, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >