Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

FROM PEEP SHOW TO PALACE by David Robinson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"An intelligent reappraisal of an important but undervalued period of film history. (175 b&w and 16 color illustrations)"
A well-detailed examination of the early cinema, from the magic lantern to the watershed year of 1913. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"One hopes that other historians will follow McDannell's bold lead and attend to this neglected aspect of religious expression. (100 b&w photos and 24 color plates, not seen)"
A groundbreaking, impressively researched, and kitsch-filled exploration of how Americans' sacred ``stuff'' both shapes and reflects their religious beliefs. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"He just goes fishin' and enjoys telling about it."
Magazine writer Thomas's fly-fishing pieces are ``written more from the perspective of Alice in Wonderland than Joe Brooks.'' Which is to say, he skips lightly over the technical claptrap and gets right to the fun of fishing and the joys of the great outdoors. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 13, 1996

"But he's totally on time when it comes to great art, and in a critical idiom that's his all alone."
For those unlucky readers who've missed such singularly American books as The Omni-Americans (1970) and Stomping the Blues (1976), Murray has collected his most recent essays from largely obscure sources and assembled another world-beating prose obbligato—necessary for the times by virtue of its transcendent aesthetics. Read full book review >
ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 8, 1996

"Along with Final Cut and The Devil's Candy, one of cinema's great cautionary tales. (First serial to Esquire)"
Despite the lame, misleading title, a wry, even occasionally useful, real-life satire on low-low-budget moviemaking. Read full book review >
VAMP by Eve Golden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The author does make an effort to situate Bara in her historical context, but too often she settles for a superficial rehashing of film history commonplaces. (124 b&w photos, not seen)"
Golden, author of a well-received bio of Jean Harlow (Platinum Girl, 1991), inaugurates this new imprint with a trip even farther back into film history to examine the career of silent sex goddess Theda Bara. Read full book review >
HOT AIR by Howard Kurtz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Given the evidence he offers of the enormous political influence of talk shows, it is a sobering question at the heart of a sobering critique. (Author tour)"
Washington Post media reporter Kurtz (Media Circus, 1993) looks at a nation awash in talk TV and radio, and concludes that it may be drowning. Read full book review >
MEDIA MARATHON by Erik Barnouw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"If Barnouw's book misses an overall theme or meditation, it is saved by his deep knowledge and intimate, jargon-free style. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
A compact companion to his monumental History of Broadcasting in the United States (not reviewed, etc.), Barnouw's spry and episodic selection of personal experiences covers a multimedia career ranging from musical revues and radio shows to TV and books. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Still, this is an extremely readable book about an important, underappreciated director; like all the best musicals, it is styled with an airy mix of gravity and joy. (39 b&w photos, not seen)"
Well-paced, deftly wrought show-biz biography of the director whom Jean-Luc Godard called ``the master of the musical.'' While Donen's name may not be a familiar one, he was responsible, either as director or codirector, for a substantial number of notable films, from Singin' in the Rain to Funny Face and Charade (the book's introduction is by Audrey Hepburn). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

Five-time Emmy Award winner Franken (formerly of Saturday Night Live) becomes a political pundit with a vengeance—a vengeance directed against Pat Robertson, Pat Buchanan, Newt Gingrich, and others of similar stripe, as well as fat old Rush. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

An inspiring if static firsthand account of a celebrated baseball career, coauthored by Riley, an authority on the Negro Leagues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >