Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

REQUIEM LETTERS by Ronald Senator
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"That Senator concludes with a letter to Dita about his glitzy new life with his sexy new wife (whom he met just three months after Dita's death) merely heightens one's sense of having taken an unpleasant journey in bad company."
A disturbing real-life tale, made more chilling by this ill- wrought account. Read full book review >
CHARLES IVES by Jan Swafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1996

"A conscientious, intellectually honest sifting of the plentiful evidence, though undoubtedly not the last word on its subject."
A decent, thoughtful, and idealistic biography of American music's radical idealist. Read full book review >

LIGHT FANTASTIC by John Lahr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 1996

"Filled with love for the theater, ably conveyed to the reader."
A thoughtful, enjoyable collection from critic and theatrical biographer Lahr (Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
FROM PEEP SHOW TO PALACE by David Robinson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 15, 1996

"An intelligent reappraisal of an important but undervalued period of film history. (175 b&w and 16 color illustrations)"
A well-detailed examination of the early cinema, from the magic lantern to the watershed year of 1913. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"One hopes that other historians will follow McDannell's bold lead and attend to this neglected aspect of religious expression. (100 b&w photos and 24 color plates, not seen)"
A groundbreaking, impressively researched, and kitsch-filled exploration of how Americans' sacred ``stuff'' both shapes and reflects their religious beliefs. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 14, 1996

"He just goes fishin' and enjoys telling about it."
Magazine writer Thomas's fly-fishing pieces are ``written more from the perspective of Alice in Wonderland than Joe Brooks.'' Which is to say, he skips lightly over the technical claptrap and gets right to the fun of fishing and the joys of the great outdoors. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 13, 1996

"But he's totally on time when it comes to great art, and in a critical idiom that's his all alone."
For those unlucky readers who've missed such singularly American books as The Omni-Americans (1970) and Stomping the Blues (1976), Murray has collected his most recent essays from largely obscure sources and assembled another world-beating prose obbligato—necessary for the times by virtue of its transcendent aesthetics. Read full book review >
ALAN JAY LERNER by Edward Jablonski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 9, 1996

"However, he relies on the standard literature in retelling Lerner's life, barely moving beyond a handful of well-known sources for further insights. (32 b&w photos, not seen)"
Serviceable biography of a noted Broadway and film lyricist/librettist. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 8, 1996

"Along with Final Cut and The Devil's Candy, one of cinema's great cautionary tales. (First serial to Esquire)"
Despite the lame, misleading title, a wry, even occasionally useful, real-life satire on low-low-budget moviemaking. Read full book review >
VAMP by Eve Golden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The author does make an effort to situate Bara in her historical context, but too often she settles for a superficial rehashing of film history commonplaces. (124 b&w photos, not seen)"
Golden, author of a well-received bio of Jean Harlow (Platinum Girl, 1991), inaugurates this new imprint with a trip even farther back into film history to examine the career of silent sex goddess Theda Bara. Read full book review >
HOT AIR by Howard Kurtz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"Given the evidence he offers of the enormous political influence of talk shows, it is a sobering question at the heart of a sobering critique. (Author tour)"
Washington Post media reporter Kurtz (Media Circus, 1993) looks at a nation awash in talk TV and radio, and concludes that it may be drowning. Read full book review >
MEDIA MARATHON by Erik Barnouw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"If Barnouw's book misses an overall theme or meditation, it is saved by his deep knowledge and intimate, jargon-free style. (30 b&w photos, not seen)"
A compact companion to his monumental History of Broadcasting in the United States (not reviewed, etc.), Barnouw's spry and episodic selection of personal experiences covers a multimedia career ranging from musical revues and radio shows to TV and books. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >