Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

MY LIFE by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A lock for a fast-break to the bestseller lists. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magic's second autobiography, far richer than his first (Magic, 1983), for this one (written with Novak, coauthor of autobiographies of Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, etc.) details not only the prestidigitation of the NBA's greatest point guard but also the stunning 1991 revelation of HIV infection that turned Johnson into a world celebrity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"He gives more umbrage than he takes."
Prolific country cutup Grizzard (You Can't Put No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll, 1991, etc.) turns a little ill-tempered in this year's offering. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Skip it. (Fifteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The case of the Texas woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the cheerleading team. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Interesting for true-crime collectors who can tolerate the minutiae. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thorough but pedantic study of Mark David Chapman, assassin of John Lennon, by a journalist who's been conducting interviews with the killer since 1986. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"The kind of personal account that gives chutzpah a bad name. (Sixteen pages of color photographs—not seen; b&w illustrations throughout.)"
Showoff memoirs of an artist whose works stirred controversy during the Beat era and have been increasingly ignored ever since. Read full book review >

HOROWITZ by Harold C. Schonberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

The former senior music critic for The New York Times details the career of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1902-89), who has been the subject of a previous biography (Glenn Plaskin's Horowitz, 1983) as well as of a volume of personal memoirs (David Dubal's Evenings with Horowitz, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1992

"Tremendous fun for rock fans and an affecting portrait of an extraordinary man. (Fifty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Fascinating story of the rock impresario, who led many lives to the fullest. Read full book review >
DAVE BARRY DOES JAPAN by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 23, 1992

"A droll, light companion to all those heavy texts that offer dreary, detailed analyses of Nippon and its people; and if your yakuta is tied wrong, the hell with it. (Line drawings by Barry throughout.)"
Barry (Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need, 1991, etc.), syndicated humorist and author of a lot of funny books (most with his name in the title—as if there's a lot of shoddy imitation), does it again. Read full book review >
SWEET AND SOUR by Andrew A. Rooney
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 1992

America's most popular grump returns with another collection of newspaper columns that find fault with everything from the human ear to whistling to mattresses to postal abbreviations. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Medved's tortured syntax and his movie-blurb vocabulary support his notion that too much TV and film watching leads to a decline in literacy."
Buried within this overly long, poorly written study of popular culture is an important notion: that TV, movies, and pop music deserve attention for their adverse effects on the moral and cultural life of our time. Read full book review >
THE LAST GREAT RIDE by Brandon Tartikoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"Toothless—but its charm and celebrities and ideas about TV ensure a mild success before it, too, washes away."
Summerweight memoir about Tartikoff's many years at the helm of NBC. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO CAME IN FROM THE COLD by Deric Longden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

"It is Longden's keen observations of feline—and human— nature, though, and his delicious wit that put him in a league with the likes of Cleveland Amory and that make this a treat that cat lovers, and humor fans in general, shouldn't miss. (Twenty-four line drawings—not seen.)"
Thoroughly engaging, hilarious account of a small white kitten and the two British writers (Longden and his wife, who's almost totally blind) who ``adopt''—or, rather, appropriate—him from their unsuspecting next-door neighbor. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >