Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

BIRTH OF A FAN by Ron Fimrite
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 2, 1993

"More intriguing, although probably unsalable, would be an anthology by those who hate the game."
So-so set of original essays by 16 well-known writers on how they fell in love with baseball, edited by a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Read full book review >
BUNNY BERIGAN by Robert Dupuis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A book that belongs in every hornplayer's case, along with a picture of Louis Armstrong. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A jazz trumpeter's dream, the long-awaited (for 50 years) biography of the greatest white trumpet-player of the century. Read full book review >

MY UNFORGETTABLE SEASON--1970 by Red Holzman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A poorly prepared, seemingly off-the-cuff account. (Photos—not seen.)"
The ex-coach of the New York Knicks looks back in meandering fashion at his team's first championship, which capped one of the most exciting seasons in basketball history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"An entertaining look at pro golf's lighter side. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Delightful recollections of Jacobsen's 17 years as a touring golf pro, emphasizing his role as one of the great characters of the game. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"Fun at the outset, but most seats will be empty by the seventh-inning stretch."
Unmemorable memoir by a former Hollywood writer and producer (M*A*S*H; Cheers) who chucks it all in middle age to become a baseball announcer. Read full book review >

BASEBALL IN THE AFTERNOON by Robert Smith
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Elegant, lovingly detailed all-star memories. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Mellifluous essays on the dawn of baseball, by a veteran sportswriter (My Life in the North Woods, 1986, etc.). ``When I inhale the full and mellow fragrance of a new baseball glove,'' writes Smith, ``I find it easy to summon the light of other years around me.'' His evocation begins with his own youth: playing sandlot games with a ball wrapped in black friction tape and watching it crash through a neighbor's window; visiting the Red Sox dugout, where he sees ``an exceptionally happy looking'' Babe Ruth. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A sorry, well-told tale that sheds considerable light on how corrupt corporate insiders in league with underworld gangsters managed to beat some potentially bad raps, thanks mainly to government forbearance. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A journalist's harsh review of a federal case that, he believes, brought far too few white-collar scofflaws and mobsters to justice. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

"A fine baseball-as-business book for those with no head for business."
Another entry in one of the hot topics of the year, baseball as big business—and potential bust. Read full book review >
CULTURE AND IMPERIALISM by Edward W. Said
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 28, 1993

Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"EWSLUGB stands at center stage. (Photographs.)"
Big bio of Louis B. Mayer, the most thorough ever, from the tireless Higham (The Duchess of Windsor, 1988, and lives of Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn, and others). Read full book review >
MANUTE by Leigh Montville
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Oddly touching and funny: a captivating look at a unique individual. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
With humor, a touch of pathos, and equal amounts of jock-talk and social history, Sports Illustrated senior writer Montville tells how 7'7'' Manute Bol went from cow-tender in the Sudan to multimillionaire shot-blocker for basketball's Philadelphia 76ers. Read full book review >
AT YOUR OWN RISK by Derek Jarman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 21, 1993

"For readers fresh to the fray, the title tells all. (Eighteen b&w photographs.)"
Patchy memoir by gay British filmmaker Jarman, who tested HIV- positive five years ago, has survived a handful of illnesses, and is still going strong. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >