Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

A PLACE ON THE WATER by Jerry Dennis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch—like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations—some seen)"
Pleasant essays—five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America—on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992—not reviewed). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Not for casual readers—but sure to get stock-car enthusiasts' engines running."
Golenbock, best known for baseball histories (Fenway, 1992; The Forever Boys, 1991, etc.), now turns his diligent attention to stock-car racing—a sport he calls ``chess on wheels.'' In what's primarily an oral history patched together with generous helpings of his own commentary, Golenbock enthusiastically examines the history, personalities, and ins-and-outs of NASCAR's Winston Cup circuit. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 4, 1993

"Not quite enough lore to go with the legends, but this should make the faithful dewy-eyed. (Sixteen page photo insert—not seen)"
The late Ed ``Moose'' Krause spent 60 years at Notre Dame, 32 as its athletic director. Read full book review >
A WOMAN'S VIEW by Jeanine Basinger
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 2, 1993

"And no doubt the 45 b&w illustrations will boost reader interest."
Serious, extended study of the woman's film during the three decades of its heyday (1930-60), filled with both obscure and well- remembered titles. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Well-done popular history that will delight older fans while providing a solid introduction to newer students of the game. (One hundred b&w photos—not seen)"
An informal retrospective on pro football in the 1960's, skillfully blending facts, figures, and historical analysis with a fan's joyful nostalgia. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Fields' influence has been subtler and more pervasive''). (Fifty photos—not seen)"
Long-winded but unrevealing bio of Jewish-American vaudevillian Lew Fields, who produced Rodgers and Hart's first successes and fathered lyricist Dorothy Fields (``I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby'') and musical librettists Herbert and Joseph Fields. Read full book review >
HANDEL'S MESSIAH by Richard Luckett
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"A Handelian home run."
A joyous but far from superficial paean to Handel's beloved masterwork. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Monkeyshines, nothing more, but it makes you want to hear those tunes again. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen)"
A good-natured, superficial show-biz bio by the drummer of The Monkees, written with veteran rock-'n'-roll chronicler Bego (Aretha Franklin, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >
GILBERT AND SULLIVAN by Michael Ffinch
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Not without its uses, but a more balanced account would help the beginning listener enjoy these works as comic operas, not just as comic texts. (Photographs)"
Introductory guide to the life and works of the famous British duo, by poet/biographer Ffinch (G.K. Chesterton, 1987). Read full book review >
I HEARD IT THROUGH THE GRAPEVINE by Patricia A. Turner
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Highly repetitious in detail and argument—but, still, an intriguing and thorough analysis. (Five b&w illustrations—not seen)"
Fried chicken will make you sterile; the FBI killed Martin Luther King, Jr.; the ``powers that be'' facilitated the crack epidemic, the AIDS epidemic, and the murders of black children in Atlanta: Here, folklore scholar Turner (African-American and African Studies/UC Davis) offers an illuminating examination of why rumors like these persist in the African-American community. Read full book review >
HARRY HOOPER by Paul J. Zingg
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Just like its subject: steady, solid, and studied."
Zingg (Dean/St. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >