Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"For Hitchcock buffs a boon, but a disappointing effort that should have been better. (50 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Movie star Leigh (There Really Was a Hollywood, 1984) teams with freelancer Nickens (Brando, not reviewed) to give the real dish on the making of her most famous film, one of Alfred Hitchcock's masterpieces. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"For each downbeat there's an upbeat: an explosion of phosphorescence in the surf, an uncorrupted slice of shoreline, even the occasional relaxed day with his wife. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The uneasy but well-crafted story of a long paddle down the Sea of Cortes, from Waterman (In the Shadow of Denali, 1994). Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"Despite its shortcomings, a useful study of one of the less examined dark corners of American sport. (First serial to Golf Digest)"
For a sport that promotes itself as ``the game for a lifetime'' for everyone, golf has a pretty sorry record where women are concerned, and Chambers recounts some of the key battles. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"As a business writer Heylin makes a good Bob Dylan fan."
A ramshackle history that defends the dissemination of unauthorized rock records. Read full book review >
RAGE TO SURVIVE by Etta James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Not exactly an uplifting story, but plenty of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll to keep the fans happy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A better-than-average up-from-the-ghetto, as-told-to life story by the R&B diva. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1995

"Never again, after reading Ryan's book, will one be able to watch those tiny, lithe silhouettes—whether on the ice or the balance beam—without thinking of what they may have suffered to get there. (author tour)"
Ryan does for women's gymnastics and figure skating what Suzanne Gordon did for ballet a decade ago in Off Balance: The Real World of Ballet. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1995

"That said, it is a useful work that earns a place on the shelf next to Scribner's superb History of the American Cinema series and the pioneering work of film historian Douglas Gomery. (34 b&w photos, not seen)"
Waller (who teaches film and popular culture at the University of Kentucky) uses the movies and their commercial reception in Lexington, Ky., as a lens through which to examine the evolution of the entertainment business in small-city America, and to see how racial divisions affected that development. Read full book review >
PRYOR CONVICTIONS by Richard Pryor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 30, 1995

"This is a powerful autobiography of a talented man who made every effort to ruin his body and his career and lived to tell the tale. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Pryor reflects on a life of humor and hard living altered forever by the recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 25, 1995

"Impassioned, but occasionally florid and meandering."
A biography of—and tract on—Moses Fleetwood Walker, baseball's first black big-league star. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 24, 1995

Lighthearted, glib treatment of a momentously crucial subject. Read full book review >
WHAT TO LISTEN FOR IN JAZZ by Barry Kernfeld
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 17, 1995

"Deserves to find a home in academic halls, although less essential for the home bookshelf."
A book-and-CD set introducing jazz to the uninitiated. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 1995

"The bottom line: An outsider's one-dimensional take on a consequential magnate whose achievements require a more accomplished Boswell."
A barely serviceable biography of the billionaire businessman who controls CBS Inc. from a journalist who doesn't quite know what to make of him. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >