Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

PAST IMPERFECT by Mark C. Carnes
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 11, 1995

"A remarkable resource. (400 b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; History Book Club main selection)"
A boffo collection of 60 brief essays detailing the historical accuracy of popular movies from Jurassic Park to Gone With the Wind to All the President's Men. Read full book review >
DEEP WATER PASSAGE by Ann Linnea
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 1995

"Empowerment aficionados will be happily sated; the rest of us can find pleasure snacking on the adventure. (one map, not seen) (Author tour)"
A circumnavigation of Lake Superior by kayak becomes an occasion to get past some of life's knotty problems for nature writer and lecturer Linnea, an adventure retold here in the sometimes awkward but always frank language of self-empowerment. Read full book review >

LOVE, LOSS, AND WHAT I WORE by Ilene Beckerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"You might want to look at the clothes and make up your own story as you go alongsort of like playing with Barbie. (First printing of 40,000; first serial to the New York Times Magazine)"
Advertising executive Beckerman remembers things past not by way of biting into a madeleine but by way of the clothes she was wearing when she bit into it. Read full book review >
FOURTH AND LONG by Kent Waldrep
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Wait for a TV versionthis is a natural for a docudrama. (16 photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An athlete's too sketchy account of his struggle against paralysis. Read full book review >
PLACIDO DOMINGO'S TALES FROM THE OPERA by Daniel Snowman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Flattery, apparently, will get you somewhere. (24 color & 4 b&w photos, not seen)"
Loving liner notes to accompany the BBC/PBS series hosted by the affable tenor. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 1995

"Tears, beers, babes, and ballads; just the same old song. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The first full-length biography of an influential country singer/songwriter. Read full book review >
CHALKSTREAM CHRONICLE by Neil Patterson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 15, 1995

"Too tedious and irritating for even the most avid of anglers. (more than 300 line drawings)"
This sluggish memoir devoutly details the mechanics of fly- fishing, but much else in the narrative remains bewilderingly vague. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"But this fascinating book will restore faith in the judiciary and in the men and women who wear its robes."
An intense and accessible behind-the-bench examination of the Supreme Court's surprising drift to the center. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"In targeting his colleagues at the bar, The Rodent swings hard and without mercyhe must be one hell of a good lawyer."
In case the O.J. trial hasn't caused enough embarrassement to members of the bar, here comes The Rodent to finish the job. Read full book review >
UNZIPPED SOULS by William Minor
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"Minor tells his story with gentle humor and a great deal of charm, making the book a pleasant journey for the reader as well. (25 illustrations, not seen)"
Minor (Humanities/Monterey Peninsula College) combines an unusual set of skills to great advantage in his first booka knowledge of Russian literature, a background in visual art, and a career as a jazz critic and musician. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"The New York subway's modern minstrels are a lyrical subject that here undergoes a lengthy and pedantic scrutiny in a prose devoid of lyricism. (27 b&w photos, not seen)"
A community activist details the culture and conflicts of New York subway music, from bucket-drummers to city bureaucrats. Read full book review >
SPOOK by Dave Henderson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A treasurethe next best thing to a day afield for longtime hunters or newcomers to the sport."
A charming paean to the sport of bird hunting by one of the elder statesmen of the wing-shooting press. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >