Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

ZAPPA by Ben Watson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 25, 1995

"Not one of the new rock criticism's brightest moments."
A self-proclaimed ``Zappographer'' overanalyzes the work of one of modern music's most outrageous iconoclasts. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 11, 1995

"A poignant, insightful work that examines how Americans have viewed their country in the past, and that leaves open the question of how America will define itself without an enemy in the postCold War future."
Freelance writer Engelhardt offers an eloquent obituary for American triumphalism, which died a slow death in the years between US victory in WW II and the Gulf War. Read full book review >

A LIFE IN RAGTIME by Reid Badger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Will appeal to fans of early jazz, African-American history, and 20th-century culture. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
Badger (American Studies/Univ. of Alabama) restores an important, forgotten chapter in African-American musical history. Read full book review >
IN THESE GIRLS HOPE IS A MUSCLE by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"There might be an insightful book to be written on the subject of girls' basketball, but this isn't it. (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
A close-up look at the championship season of a girls' high school basketball team that only the team's members and their families will find compelling. Read full book review >
MADAME JAZZ by Leslie Gourse
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Gourse fails the very women to whom she is attempting to pay tribute. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
A major disappointment from a well-known authority on jazz. Read full book review >

BEBOP by Thomas Owens
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"Bebop lives,'' Owens asserts—but not in this text."
An academic exegesis of the popular jazz form and its musicians. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1995

"An invaluable historical document and the record of a remarkable life."
An intimate memoir of the Negro Leagues by one of its greatest players. Read full book review >
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 >
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Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >