Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

CATS OF ANY COLOR by Gene Lees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Essential reading for any serious jazz fan or student of American culture."
Another sterling collection of essays by one of our best jazz critics, drawn from his superb newsletter, Jazzletter. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE HAP-HAP-HAPPY LIKE ME by Merrill Markoe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Chuckleworthy in small doses—and a strong argument for caution. (Author tour)"
A former head writer for ``Late Night with David Letterman'' satirizes popular ``happiness materials'' (books, calendars, etc.) with her own entertaining (self-) investigations. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Schulman goes a long way toward putting a human— if battered—face on a profession long in disrepute. (100 b&w photos)"
A sharp, affectionate portrait—in words and stunning photographs—of prizefighters in their milieu. Read full book review >
COBB by Al Stump
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Stump's wonderfully descriptive writing, yeoman historical research, and personal knowledge of Cobb make this an extraordinary achievement in sports biography. (24 photos, not seen)"
Drawing on the harrowing year he spent with Ty Cobb as ghostwriter of his autobiography, Stump pens an astounding portrait that leaves little doubt the Hall of Famer was ``psychotic throughout his baseball career.'' When they ``collaborated'' on My Life in Baseball in 1960, the Georgia Peach was a bitter, unreasonable, gun-toting, 73-year-old cancer-ridden drunk. Read full book review >
MEDIA VIRUS! by Douglas Rushkoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But this book will convince many that the counterculture is alive and well—and more widely dispersed than ever. (Author tour)"
An inspired look at how ideas are disseminated by the media and at how new concepts can be injected into the mainstream, altering views about critical social issues. Read full book review >

JOSEPH LOSEY by David Caute
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"An encyclopedic catalog of Losey's shortcomings and sins, unleavened by any sense of historical context, artistic development, or even sympathy for his work."
This mean-spirited recounting of the life of the expatriate American filmmaker gives a new meaning to the term ``critical biography.'' As profiled by Caute, a prolific author with a specialty in the history of the political left (Sixty-Eight: The Year of the Barricades, 1988, etc.), filmmaker Joseph Losey emerges as a domineering, womanizing sourpuss, a humorless, often dour man with a certain visual flair and a knack for alienating longtime friends. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"Despite his lefty, multi-culty inclinations, Gonick maintains the high level of sophistication, skepticism, and just plain fun established by the first volume."
Imagine a collaboration between Arnold Toynbee and R. Crumb and you get a pretty good idea of Gonick's clever and ambitious comic book series. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

"But above all, baseball is a fan's game, and this book, compiled lovingly by a fan, deserves notice as a beautiful and enjoyable baseball time capsule."
Exquisite photographs and 97 essays, ranging from dubious to exemplary in quality and relevance, trace the 125-year history of professional baseball. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 1994

"Denlinger captures in equal parts the frustrating pain and the adrenaline-pumping thrill of playing college football at the highest level."
A thoughtful and compelling book following the members of a single recruiting class at Penn State's distinguished football program through their college gridiron careers. Read full book review >
THE EMMITT ZONE by Emmitt Smith
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 21, 1994

"A pleasant, absorbing look at life in the NFL—from the top. (Author tour)"
Smith offers a straightforward account of the heady world of professional football as he describes his recent seasons as the premier running back of ``America's Team,'' the Dallas Cowboys. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF FILM by Jean-Claude Carrière
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 19, 1994

"Deserves a place on a small shelf alongside such oddities as Bresson's Notes on Cinematography and Tarkovsky's Sculpting in Time, studies in the philosophy of film written by great practitioners of the art."
One of Europe's most distinguished screenwriters offers a philosophical rumination on his chosen medium, but those led by the title to expect a glimpse into the hidden world of filmmaking will be disappointed. Read full book review >
BASEBALL by Geoffrey C. Ward
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 18, 1994

"This companion volume to an upcoming PBS series also stands on its own as a literary achievement. (First printing of 400,000; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection)"
A magnificent, exhaustively researched chronicle in words and pictures of our nation's pastime, and how it came to be what it is. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >