Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

THE HONOURABLE BEAST by John Dexter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Many inspiring moments prime the reader with hope for a biography—as well as for a clearer spelling-out of Dexter's stagecraft. (Illustrations)"
Deep salad of diary clippings, jottings, and letters—all bearing on directing plays, films, and operas—from the collected unpublished writings of the Tony-winning director of Equus and M. Butterfly, who died in 1990 following seven years of directing operas at the Met. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"Fly fishing meets the New Age in this uneven work that veers from the sublimely ridiculous to the heart-rendingly profound."
Amid his mother's dying from brain cancer, the loss of his job, and a doctor's diagnosis that his case of the ``meat bucket blues'' was ``treatable'' depression, Middleton (On the Spine of Time, 1991, etc.) finds renewal in fishing the wild waters of cold mountain streams. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 16, 1993

"A well-researched, in-depth study of a most unusual athlete: one of the best—and most fascinating—sports bios in years. (Sixteen-page photo insert—not seen)"
Football star Joe Don Looney—an All-American running back in the early 1960's—had, according to Oklahoma attorney Clark, ``the tools to be the next Jim Brown.'' But as Clark shows in this smoothly written, riveting biography, Looney's brand of nonconformity and manic temperament was not readily accommodated 30 years ago. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"He even manages to reach the Missouri."
The longest free-flowing river in America serves as a questing ground for a careworn but game journey of homecoming and self- discovery. Read full book review >
LOUIE LOUIE by Dave Marsh
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"Louie, Louie'' lives! (Eight pages of b&w photographs)"
Here, rock critic Marsh (Born to Run, Glory Days, etc.) ventures beyond mere celeb biography or fan-boy appreciation. Read full book review >

LOVE LOVE AND LOVE by Sandra Bernhard
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 1993

"The book is dedicated to Bernhard's grandmother. (First printing of 35,000)"
Actress and stand-up comic Bernhard (Confessions of a Pretty Lady, 1988) acts up again with an occasionally recumbent but always ardent performance. Read full book review >
MATTY by Ray Robinson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A salutary but dull story, in these days of I-me-mine players, about a time of golden boys and Golden Years."
Robinson—who's established himself as the literary equivalent of a .270 hitter with a string of solid but unmemorable baseball books (Iron Horse, 1990, etc.)—maintains his average with this bio of pitching great Christy Mathewson (1880-1925). ``Big Six,'' the sportswriters called him, for reasons lost in time—perhaps the only mysterious thing about Mathewson. Read full book review >
BLOODTIES by Ted Kerasote
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"A winning hand of up-to-date cards in the deadly serious hunting game."
A potent exploration of the gray line between ``sport'' and subsistence hunting. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Its primary appeal, though, is to students of operatic history and those who have permanently left their hearts in you-know-where. (Illustrations)"
A meticulously researched history of operatic music as performed in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to the Civil War. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1993

"Provocative perspectives on a McLuhanesque principle—the medium is the message."
A perceptive, albeit none-too-sanguine, appreciation of the literally earth-shaking ways in which space-age communications technologies are reordering the world in the wake of the cold war- -which they helped to end. Read full book review >
THE MUSE IS ALWAYS HALF-DRESSED IN NEW ORLEANS by Andrei Codrescu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 1993

Essayist and editor, poet and professor, columnist, novelist, radio commentator, scriptwriter, translator, and all-round man-of-letters Codrescu (Road Scholar) presents his latest collection of essays. Read full book review >
ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE by Barney Hoskyns
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 21, 1993

"Though relying heavily on others' material, a well-written, enjoyable account of a 60s legend."
British journalist Hoskyns (Vogue, Spin, etc.) wends his way through 60s mythology and the mystique of the remarkable rock group known as The Band' to deliver a nicely readable, straightforward bit of pop-music history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >