Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

THE CARPENTERS by Ray Coleman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 13, 1994

"A dual-celebrity bio that retells well-worn stories."
The emphasis here leans more to Karen than to Richard, the acknowledged brains behind their arrangements. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 13, 1994

"Part journal, part biography and part historical account of an era when the great Adirondack wilderness camps were at their height, Jerome combines outdoor adventure, natural history and personal insight in a satisfying manner."
Nearly a hundred years after a 19th-century writer paddled and portaged 266 miles through the Adirondack wilderness in a nine- foot, ten-and-a-half-pound canoe, writer/editor Jerome, inspired by that very same canoe seen in a museum, makes and records a similar journey. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 1994

"By retaining her mental balance about her subject, Bruck allows the reader to enjoy mental balance as well."
This much ballyhooed book starts out slowly and seems derivative. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 1994

"Though disorganized, occasionally repetitive, its pages afroth with revolting, delightful anecdotes, this book is an informative document and great fun to read."
An insightful look at punk rock's—and his own—beginnings by former Sex Pistols' lead singer John Lydon (aka Johnny Rotten), with some help from enemies and friends. Read full book review >
DELUSIONS OF GRANDMA by Carrie Fisher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 1994

"Even admirers of Fisher's many skills will find this as vaporous as an HBO movie you wish you'd never watched."
Again mining Hollywood humor, actress/novelist/screenwriter Fisher's third novel—following Postcards from the Edge (plus screenplay) and Surrender the Pink—finds her still relying on smart talk over plot. Read full book review >

WHEN WOMEN PLAYED HARBALL by Susan E. Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 4, 1994

"This book will be enjoyed not only by the admirers of the All- American Girls Baseball League, but by baseball fans in general."
Several years ago the movie A League of Their Own alerted many Americans for the first time to the existence of the All-American Girls Baseball League, which existed from 1943 to 1954. Read full book review >
CRACKING THE SHOW by Thomas Boswell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Boswell loves and writes about the real game—not the mythology."
Boswell, syndicated sports columnist for the Washington Post, does not, thankfully, peddle maudlin nostalgia for Willie, Mickey, and the Duke or ponder the exploits of the stork-legged Babe. Read full book review >
SKYLINE by Tim Keown
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"15), a look at baseball in the Chicago projects."
Sportswriter Keown's offers a proficient chronicle of the 1992-1993 basketball season at Oakland's Skyline High School, a place so prone to violence that there are no proms or dances, fans and gangs attack players, and ``every game is a retribution.'' Hired just two weeks before the season, even Shawn Donlea saw his first head coaching job as hardly a dream come true. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Of value to poets as well as anthropologists, the book also holds universal appeal through the compelling way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, illuminating humanity's cycle of dark, wintry dreams and hopes of plenty in the spring."
In this gripping study of the Alaskan Inuit people, British poet Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) seasonal rituals and each year's culmination—the spring hunt for the bowhead whale. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Like a nostalgic shuffle through your old baseball cards. (16 pp b&w photos—not seen)"
The Cleveland Indians have been so bad for the past three decades that even hapless Chicago Cubs fans can take heart. ``At least,'' says Pluto (Loose Balls, 1990; Tall Tales, 1992), the Cubs ``have some almosts and September swoons'' to cherish; the Tribe hasn't been close to a title since 1959. Read full book review >
OBSESSION by Steven Gaines
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"In all: part solid business reporting, part gratuitous heavy breathing. (First printing of 100,000)"
This unauthorized biography is part riveting empire-building chronicle, part tiresome litany of sexcapades. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"If a bit self-serving and understandably incomplete, a solid and readable account of a controversial case."
The Indianapolis special prosecutor who put heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson in prison for rape offers a trial recap full of interesting inside details. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >