Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Benny blows—and the angels sing."
Goodman (1909-86) bestrides the Swing Era in this stirring portrait that focuses largely on the clarinetist's wonder years during the 30's and 40's—though his childhood as a musical prodigy and his later years following the death of the big bands get their due. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Sarno, despite his genuine affection for the Pygmies, is a puzzling figure who unintentionally reveals more about himself than about the Pygmies, whom he seems to see through all-too-Western eyes."
Sarno, an American, heads for the rain forest of the Central African Republic. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Positively liquescent with brilliant images and insights. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An invigorating, world-class ride down some tricky and rewarding terrain."
The 80-mile-an-hour exploits of the US Men's Downhill Ski Team propel this bracing report from Miami Herald staffer Wilson (coauthor, Maximum Morphonius, 1990). Read full book review >
PAUL McCARTNEY by Ross Benson
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Solid Beatleiana, to be set on the shelf alongside Alan Clayson's Ringo Starr (p. 823). (Forty b&w photographs.)"
``Will you still love me when I'm 64?'' wrote Beatle Paul on the Sgt Pepper album (1967). ``Perhaps not,'' readers of this thoughtful biography may reply, especially if the McCartney (now 51) whom British journalist Benson presents doesn't soon loosen up a bit. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Braunbehrens has done much necessary spadework—but a sharper, more graceful writer, Ö la Ernest Newman in his magisterial Gluck and the Opera, should now make us want to learn the music. (Twenty illustrations.)"
Despite the sexy title, this is no mere refutation of the Amadeus canard about poisoning Mozart, but a serious study by Braunbehrens (Mozart in Vienna, 1990) of Antonio Salieri's musical output, primarily the numerous operas that during his lifetime (1750-1825) were performed throughout Europe. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"More or less a long press release for Coach K and Duke, as Brill mechanically recounts events, taking almost everything said by the coach at face value. (B&w photos—not seen.)"
Here, the Duke Blue Devils' back-to-back NCAA basketball championships (1991-92) are given superficial treatment by Brill, past president of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Devils coach Krzyzewski. Read full book review >
THE JAZZ SCENE by Eric Hobsbawm
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Podium chat backed by a snare drum's whispering percipience."
Intelligently written and updated study of American jazz first published in Britain 30 years ago (under the pseudonym Francis Newton) by Marxist social historian Hobsbawm (Nations and Nationalism Since 1780, etc.). Read full book review >
THE CITY IN SLANG by Irving Lewis Allen
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"A good read that puts on airs: Allen should have dropped the philology and stuck to his chronicle of the urban scene. (Six halftones, 12 line drawings.)"
A professor goes slumming through the dives and byways of Gotham, Ö la Henry Higgins, to hear what people have to say and to tell us what it means. Read full book review >
STRAVINSKY by Robert Craft
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"But for those with an already established interest in the diverse outpourings of a genius, nearly indispensable. (Illustrations.)"
A brilliant hodgepodge of pieces about the life and art of the 20th century's greatest composer, by his longtime associate and amanuensis. Read full book review >
MUSIC CITY BABYLON by Scott Faragher
Released: Dec. 15, 1992

"Straightforward writing, unique anecdotes, and everything you're not supposed to know about the music biz. (Twenty-four pages of photographs—not seen.)"
A Machiavellian manual on what's really happening in the Nashville music industry—including the stars stripped of glitz. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 2, 1992

"Intellectual history at its most stimulating—teeming with insights into American violence, politics, class, and race."
Concluding a trilogy that began with Regeneration Through Violence (1973) and The Fatal Environment (1985), Slotkin (English/Wesleyan Univ.) now offers a subtle and wide-ranging examination how America's fascination with the frontier has affected its culture and politics in this century. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >