Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

LORENZ HART by Frederick Nolan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"A sympathetic account for fans of the musical theater of the '30s and '40s. (15 b&w photos, not seen)"
An old-fashioned Broadway biography of Richard Rodgers's first lyricist. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"This is a shame, for there is undoubtedly an interesting backstage story here—but one that needs a light, acerbic touch to bring it to life."
The story of the tortuous negotiations between the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the two Koreas over the staging of the 1988 summer Olympics in Seoul takes the reader into the heart of Cold War politics in all its paranoid splendor. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Worthy, especially in the classroom, but neither groundbreaking nor definitive. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An often stimulating survey of how blacks have been portrayed in popular culture. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But for all its drama, this is, in the end, forgettable. (Literary Guild selection)"
Detroit's story of an undercover sting operation into the Hell's Angels is quick and breezy but insults the reader with its sketchy rendering of a fascinating scenario. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Though Marling chooses to remain more chronicler than critic, this archaeology of our recent visual past is as important as any recent political history of the period, and far fresher in approach. (Illustrations, not seen)"
An absorbing study of the role of style and design in early postwar American culture. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Certainly a labor of love, and all the more valuable for holding the Fabs to the highest critical standards."
An ideal pathfinder on the Beatles' long and winding road from moptops to magi—insightful, informative, contentious, and as ambitious and surprising as its heroes. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Well flavored with wonderful passages on the foods, the people, the travel from village to city, and the joys and frustrations of daily life in a foreign land. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sunny, refreshing season of pro basketball in the Lega Pallenestro Italiano. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Telander's oddly muted admiration combined with jaundiced cynicism spike any punch the book might have had, but despite the confused viewpoint, his analysis of the program's transformation is sound and sturdy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
How the University of Wisconsin athletic department went from a debt-ridden mess in 1990 to one of the healthiest programs in the country, capped by its once hapless football team's stunning 1994 Rose Bowl victory. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE BATCAVE by Adam West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Holy Publishing Event,'' but there's good fun for Batfans."
An amiably ungrandiose, entertaining memoir of TV's Batman by the Caped Crusader himself. Read full book review >
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN CULTURE by Robert M. Crunden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Leavening common information with uncommon insights and skillfully managing—without directly addressing—the difficulties of its mission, Crunden's work should provoke fine conversations on what Americans might want to say next."
Reworking a book first published abroad, Crunden (American Civilization/Univ. of Texas at Austin) provides readers in these United States with a useful overview of their cultural history. Read full book review >
WE BOMBED IN BURBANK by Vance Muse
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, a small tale well told."
An entertaining autopsy of a failed NBC TV drama/comedy. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"He depicts tough, hard-working men living with privation and pain for the sake of eight seconds of furious heroics."
A grueling year on the rodeo circuit with the bronc busters and bull riders who keep alive what Johnson calls America's ``most powerful myth.'' Joe Wimberley of Cool, Tex., is typical of the rodeo riders of the new Old West, says Johnson, Denver bureau chief of the New York Times. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >