Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Walpurgis Nightlife from the Age of Coke and Quaaludes to the Era of Ecstasy."
Gossip-laced and rumor-spiked, an intelligently written history of 20-plus years of New York nightclubbing. Read full book review >
HOME FIELD by John Douglas Marshall
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"And every writer considering putting such thoughts on paper should think about how much of baseball is about striking out—a lesson verified by this collection."
Nine accomplished writers on baseball as it is played in the Northwest, and as it has played out in their lives, in a collection edited by Seattle Post-Intelligencer writer Marshall (Reconciliation Road, 1993). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"A fine and unusually truthful revelation of the changes America's technology is making throughout the world. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour; TV/radio satellite tour)"
A surprisingly good memoir by CNN's longtime Beijing bureau chief, which offers vivid proof why (thanks to journalists like Chinoy) CNN is no longer Chicken Noodle News. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Plenty of pleasurable encounters, though not always satisfying."
A detailed and engrossing history of the sexual revolution, though at points marred by an uneven understanding of the landscape. Read full book review >
ICEBREAKER by Rudy Galindo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1997

"His story is more edifying than Ekaterina Gordeeva's—but can he join her on the bestseller list?"
Tonya Harding is not the only figure skater born on the worng side of the tracks—and others, like Rudy Galindo, have achieved respect along with their success. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"However, McCord seems too taken with his bad-boy image to bring many readers in on the joke. (First printing of 125,000; first serial to Golf Digest; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour; radio satellite tour)"
A popular golfing iconoclast uses (and abuses) his ``unique'' vantage point as tour player and broadcaster to hold forth on all aspects of life on the links. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 1997

"Though Hamm's arguments are well made, his overly academic approach stifles the very exuberance so endemic to the works of this popular songwriter."
A comprehensive study of the first seven years of songwriting (ending with his first Broadway musical) from one of America's most popular songwriters. Read full book review >
STEVEN SPIELBERG by John Baxter
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 1997

"Despite some entertaining behind-the-scenes gossip, Baxter's biography is ultimately as superficial as he accuses Spielberg's films of being. (24 pages b&w photos)"
A slight biography of Spielberg, perhaps the most successful filmmaker of all time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1997

"Lots of facts, background, and stories, but Mason never gets the breath of life from Raffan."
An admiring, rather placid biography of the Canadian filmmaker and wilderness proponent Bill Mason. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 1997

"A triumph of discovery in the often strip-mined quarry of film history."
A biography of the highest-paid female scriptwriter in Hollywood becomes an exploration of the work and sustaining friendships of the leading women of early cinema. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 1997

"The collection's thoughtfully notated discography will undoubtedly be used to feed the reader's new or rekindled interest in country music. (40 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
This pleasing collection of short, intimate biographies of performers conveys the essence of the traditional country genre by focusing on icons such as Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs, Buck Owens, Chet Atkins, George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Patsy Cline. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 20, 1997

"Bloom's occasional cogent observations would be better served by levity and clarity."
A study of baseball-card collecting in the upper Midwest becomes ``an ethnographic account of a local fan culture'' by dint of Bloom's wearisome academese. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >