Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 30, 1993

"Though foulmouthed, Loesser grows on you wonderfully through his daughter's eyes."
Engaging life of brilliant lyricist, songwriter, and composer Frank Loesser (1910-69), whose genius with words brings life to this loving biography by his daughter (a journalist, editor, geologist, etc., who's been published in Life and Family Circle). Read full book review >
DAYS OF GRACE by Arthur Ashe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 1993

"A class act that, sadly, will have no encore. (Thirty-two pages of photos—not seen) (First printing of 150,000)"
A genuinely affecting testament from the quietly activist champion-athlete who died young this past February. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 21, 1993

"Best for country-music buffs and scholars, particularly with its descriptions of the Nashville growth years in the 50's and 60's. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
Country boy from dirt poverty makes millions as a Nashville publisher/producer/writer. Read full book review >
ANIMATING CULTURE by Eric Smoodin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 17, 1993

A crisply written academic investigation of the politics of the Hollywood cartoon from roughly 1930 to 1960. Read full book review >
SEASONS TO REMEMBER by Curt Gowdy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 16, 1993

"Manna for older fans who may have forgotten how sweet it was, and a fine reminder for younger generations that artificial turf, integrated squads, TV coverage, drug-testing, seven-figure contracts, platooning, and seemingly endless playoffs weren't always in the game. (Illustrations—not seen)"
An unabashedly nostalgic, silky-smooth memoir spanning a 15- year period that fiftysomething or older people tend to regard as a golden age in American sports. Read full book review >

BLACK STUDIES, RAP, AND THE ACADEMY by Jr. Baker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 15, 1993

"But, on balance, Baker offers here a float across jargon-choked shallows."
From former M.L.A. president Baker (English and Black Studies/University of Pennsylvania): four essays in defense of Black Studies and rap that tend to grow muddled and slip from your grasp. ``Black Studies: A New Story'' offers a superficial glance at what brought Black Studies into being (``What was required...was a revocabularization of academic discourse'') and at how the new discipline was greeted by the establishment (``What generally occurred...was moral panic as a function of territorial contestation''). Read full book review >
MUSICAL GUMBO by Grace Lichtenstein
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 1993

"Should inspire many new visitors to the Crescent city and hip them to what's been cooking there all these years."
A casual yet palatable guide to the music of New Orleans that serves up its spicy musical and historical matter in high style. Read full book review >
THE FIRST YEAR by John Mosedale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

Time flies when you're having fun: that's the message of these congenial essays on retirement by Mosedale (The Men Who Invented Broadway, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 2, 1993

The well-told story of how Baltimore came to have a jewel of a ballpark rather than a cookie-cutter stadium for its only remaining major-league franchise, the Orioles. Read full book review >
THE MAGIC OF THEATER by David Black
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1993

"An insightful psychology of actors and audiences that offers inspiration for young actors and an absorbing read for those who love the theater. (Thirty-four photographs)"
Drawing on his two-year series of public interviews with top thespians conducted at N.Y.C.'s New School, Tony Award-winning producer Black conveys the work behind theater's ``magic''—the motivation and training of actors, the mechanics of production, and the essential role of the audience. Read full book review >
WALT DISNEY by Marc Eliot
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1993

"Very readable, actually quite laudable, work. (Sixteen pages of photographs—not seen)"
Muckraking, unauthorized biography of Disney that nonetheless paints such a rending picture of his childhood and young manhood that one forgives most of his later lapses. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1993

"Funny and smart: a great way for beset urban women to chase the blues."
Heimel's new collection takes up where her last one (If You Can't Live Without Me, Why Aren't You Dead Yet?, 1991) ended: In 36 short pieces previously published in Playboy, the Village Voice, and the Independent, the humorist parades the goofy, smart, obsessive-yet-perceptive persona that many downtown Manhattan- dwellers have come to identify with. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jude Deveraux
author of EVER AFTER
July 1, 2015

New York Times bestselling author Jude Deveraux's eagerly awaited Ever After, the third novel in her blockbuster Nantucket Brides trilogy, continues the saga of the Montgomery-Taggerts, set on an island steeped in beauty and unforgettable romance. Life is anything but perfect for Hallie Hartley, a young physical therapist who has given up nearly everything—even her love life—for her beautiful blonde stepsister, Shelly. Though Shelly's acting career has never taken off, she has certainly perfected the crocodile tears to get what she wants—which all too often means Hallie's boyfriends. When Hallie arrives home early from work one fateful day, she makes two startling discoveries that will turn her life upside down. "This sexy, lighthearted romp brings the series to a satisfying close," our reviewer writes. View video >