Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"A misfire in its attempt to do justice to one of TV's cult heroes and giants. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Here, free-lance journalist Sander (The New York Times, Rolling Stone, etc.) takes one of the most haunting subjects of the video age—master TV-writer Rod Serling—and fumbles the chance for a major biography. Read full book review >
THE WAY I WAS by Marvin Hamlisch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 9, 1992

"Pleasant but synthetic, with not enough struggle in the writing. (Two eight-page photo inserts—not seen.)"
Good-hearted but lightweight autobiography by the composer of A Chorus Line and many film scores, including The Way We Were. Read full book review >

SHOWMAN by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 9, 1992

"Pretty much a spellbinder, with a pathetic third act, despite Thomson's keen analyses of Selznick's glossy films and long fade- out. (Photographs—108—not seen.)"
Brilliant, immense life of the producer of Gone With the Wind, smartly done by film-historian/novelist Thomson (Silver Light, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An exciting, intelligent, well-written football book that brings a classic game to pulse-quickening life with the immediacy of today's sports pages. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A smashing retelling of the fabled Notre Dame-Michigan State game that ended in a 10-10 tie and decided the 1966 national championship. Read full book review >
A DAY IN THE NIGHT OF AMERICA by Kevin Coyne
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"In the end, some jobs are just more worth reading about than others, regardless of when they're performed—which makes about half this book worth staying up for and the other half relief from insomnia."
Attention all 28 million Americans awake and working after midnight: This book's for you. Read full book review >

HANG TIME by Bob Greene
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Engaging and likely to sell very big, but one caveat: Greene gets close to Jordan but closer to Greene, and spends a little too much time there. (Photos—12 b&w—not seen.)"
Ruminative analysis of Olympic and NBA superstar Michael Jordan, by bestselling Chicago Tribune columnist Greene (Homecoming, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
PASOLINI REQUIEM by Barth David Schwartz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Encyclopedic, microscopic portrait of a lean and thin-lipped narcissist, murdered by a 17-year-old thug he was paying to service. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
The bad-taste life of a relentless sexual and political rebel and ever-scandalous bad boy of Italian cinema and the arts. Read full book review >
MY LIFE by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A lock for a fast-break to the bestseller lists. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magic's second autobiography, far richer than his first (Magic, 1983), for this one (written with Novak, coauthor of autobiographies of Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, etc.) details not only the prestidigitation of the NBA's greatest point guard but also the stunning 1991 revelation of HIV infection that turned Johnson into a world celebrity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"He gives more umbrage than he takes."
Prolific country cutup Grizzard (You Can't Put No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll, 1991, etc.) turns a little ill-tempered in this year's offering. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Skip it. (Fifteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The case of the Texas woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the cheerleading team. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Interesting for true-crime collectors who can tolerate the minutiae. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thorough but pedantic study of Mark David Chapman, assassin of John Lennon, by a journalist who's been conducting interviews with the killer since 1986. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"The kind of personal account that gives chutzpah a bad name. (Sixteen pages of color photographs—not seen; b&w illustrations throughout.)"
Showoff memoirs of an artist whose works stirred controversy during the Beat era and have been increasingly ignored ever since. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >