Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Readers more interested in substance than glamour—and willing to follow their guide through some rocky terrain—will be rewarded."
A thoughtful exploration of the ``deep structure'' similarities between the intellectual graces of music and mathematics. Read full book review >
GUSTAV MAHLER by Henry-Louis de la Grange
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"A must-have for music libraries and all but the most superficial Mahler-ites."
Volume two of a contemporary monument in musical biography. Read full book review >

THE SPONSORED LIFE by Leslie Savan
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Though inevitably such a collection is sometimes redundant, this is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to better understand how advertising presses our buttons while convincing us that we are in control. (Photos, not seen)"
Almost as funny as it is infuriating, this is an impressive collection of pieces about the impact of advertising on American society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"Marsalis is a lot more appealing when he gets off his soapbox and concentrates on extolling (with considerable eloquence) the music he loves."
Marsalis writes as elegantly as he plays the trumpet, so fans will doubtless enjoy his atmospheric musings on playing jazz across America, nicely complemented by photographer/filmmaker Stewart's glamorously black-and-white photos. Read full book review >
SLIGHTLY FOXED--BUT STILL DESIRABLE by Ronald Searle
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

Satirical artist, cartoonist, and wit Searle is also, alas for him, a bibliophile. Read full book review >

BOB MARLEY by Bruce W. Talamon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"As a result, they not only are more interesting but also convey more powerfully a sense of Marley's genuine charisma."
Talamon's duotone photographs capture Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley (194581) with a rough humanity that comes as a relief after Steffens's hagiographic text. Read full book review >
THE LOST BEATLES INTERVIEWS by Geoffrey Giuliano
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1994

"In this case, he should have done so."
``Tedious'' is a better adjective than ``lost'' for the various documents Fab Four biographer Giuliano (Blackbird: The Life and Times of Paul McCartney, 1991, etc.) has gathered here. Read full book review >
IN DEFENSE OF HUNTING by James A. Swan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 24, 1994

"Swan ultimately tells too much and shows too little in his prosaic defense of the elemental necessity of hunting."
An uninspired argument for the natural place of hunting in human society and the human psyche. Read full book review >
THE MUSIC PACK by Ron Van der Meer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 22, 1994

"Twenty Masterpieces,'' covering, chronologically, Josquin des Prez to Berlioz. (First printing of 100,000; Book-of-the-Month Club alternate selection)"
Van der Meer and Berkeley (The Art Pack, not reviewed) present a pop-up book for grown-ups, with a cavalcade of inventive pull- tabs, flaps, and paper-engineering gewgaws. Read full book review >
LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Another book for the growing shelf from which some Maynard Solomon or musical Walter Jackson Bate will have to winnow when the time comes to write a critical biography rather than the Bernstein story. (100 b&w photos) (First printing of 35,000)"
Another big Lenny B. bio, jam-packed with accomplishment and angst. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"Sporadically amusing but wholly dispensable."
A random walk through the entrepreneurial outskirts of postindustrial commerce and show biz with a tour guide whose spiel has a nasty edge to it. Read full book review >
SEEING RED by Dan Shaughnessy
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 9, 1994

"But as long as guys like Shaughnessy can hold a pen, it's always Red's game; anyone else just came to play. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Another work of Boston sports hagiography from one of the jock beat's leading home teamers. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >