Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 298)

DAVE BARRY IS FROM MARS AND VENUS by Dave Barry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Others may simply laugh. (photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Syndicated columnist and clowning Pulitzer-nik Barry (Dave Barry in Cyberspace, 1996, etc.) is back with another series of columns, regular as an equinox and admittedly starting to strain for a decent title (``A lot of the really good ones are taken. Read full book review >
SNOWBOUND by Ladd Hamilton
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"No one emerges unscathed here, except Hamilton, whose yarn- spinning reconstruction is a pleasure. (maps, illustrations, photos)"
A detailed, well-paced re-creation of the Carlin hunting party fiasco of 1893 by Hamilton (This Bloody Deed, not reviewed). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"With his interesting and perhaps controversial theories, as well as his exhaustive scholarship, Peterson is able to overcome his overly scholarly style and produce an informative study. (illustrations, not seen)"
Though it tends to be a bit too pedantic and stilted, this ambitious study offers interesting insights into America's most popular musical form. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Interesting reading, but ultimately a book for the already committed fan."
Goldman, author of acclaimed biographies of Fanny Brice (1992) and Al Jolson (1988), continues his excavation of the Jewish stars of the 1920s and '30s. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Except for the final chapter about her mother's death and her father's subsequent depression and drinking problems, the book falls far short of her compelling historical narratives."
Pulitzer Prize—winning historian Goodwin (No Ordinary Time, 1994, etc.) turns her gaze inward, looking back on a childhood enlivened by books and baseball. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Jackson should have tried less Clark, more Bandstand. (37 illustrations, not seen)"
``I don't make culture, I sell it'' is the epigram with which Jackson opens this overview of Dick Clark's American Bandstand—the television program that made its star a millionaire several times over. Read full book review >
INTO THE TWILIGHT, ENDLESSLY GROUSING by Patrick F. McManus
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Meanwhile, more huntin' and fishin' country humor for old fans and new urban owners of utility vehicles. (Author tour)"
There are, we know, regular woodland verities: the cry of a loon across a lake, the bellow of an elk on a starlit mountain, and various other calls of nature. Read full book review >
TALES OF A RAT-HUNTING MAN by D. Brian Plummer
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Plummer coaxes nobility (he would cringe at the word) from his craft, for as a rat hunter he is shrewd, encyclopedic, beneficent, and mesmeric. (line drawings)"
The outlandish sport of ratting is imbued with character and purpose by the square-pegged pen of British novelist and sportswriter Plummer. Read full book review >
JACKIE ROBINSON by Arnold Rampersad
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Somewhat languidly paced but nevertheless gripping, this oustanding biography is in every way worthy of its esteemed subject. (24 pages photos, not seen) (First printing of 200,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Avoiding the sentimentality surrounding the 50th anniversary of Robinson's major-league debut, Rampersad compellingly projects his life against the backdrop of the persons and institutions that affected him and that he, in turn, helped to change. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"The book's obvious title, already used for a Monk documentary, is a perfect tipoff that Gourse has little to say about her subject that is imaginative or useful. (photos, not seen)"
A ramshackle biography of the legendary jazz innovator. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"One glorious pachyderm and one cracking story. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The simply astonishing, exhilarating story—complete with high adventure, betrayal, and resurrection—of Modoc, elephant extraordinaire, told by Helfer (The Beauty of the Beasts, 1990). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A bumpy ride, but given the itinerary, was any less expected? (b&w and color photos, not seen)"
Wintering in Antarctica is a lark compared with getting there and back in a small sailboat, as Shapiro and Bjelke (freebooters out of Sweden) tell it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >