Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

TOUGH DRAW by Eliot Berry
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not quite an ace, but an impressive sportswriting first serve."
A passionately impressionistic and insightful celebration of professional tennis from former junior player Berry. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A top-notch dog-and-gun-book, with sympathetic focus on humans and animals as well as some fine nature writing."
Wonderfully evoked natural scenes and portraits of hunters from a free-lance writer. Read full book review >

ARMED AND DANGEROUS by Jim Kelly
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Aside from injuries, nary a bad event seems to occur here, and there isn't a lot of deep thought—this is a book about winning, and not a bad one. (Thirty b&w photos—not seen.)"
From rags to riches on a magic pigskin, by Buffalo Bills quarterback Kelly and Buffalo News sportswriter Carucci (coauthor, They Call Me Dirty, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"An idiosyncratic tour of domestic racing likely to appeal to horseplayers as well as their civilian counterparts."
An amiable, anecdotal memoir of a professional writer's perdurable, albeit oft-unrequited, love affair with thoroughbred horses. Read full book review >
GOT TO TELL IT by Jules Schwerin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A fine biography, and a valuable contribution to the too- sparse literature on gospel music. (Thirty halftones—not seen.)"
Engaging biography of the great gospel singer who was the first to cross over to a large white audience. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A brilliant idea well carried out. (Photographs throughout—not seen.)"
A fictitious dinner party featuring Hollywood ``royalty,'' with dialogue taken from their own words during actual interviews with Speck. Read full book review >
THE ROARING SILENCE by David Revill
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Revill swings from near-hagiography to surprisingly blunt criticism; neither cuts the mustard. (Thirty-six b&w photographs- -not seen.)"
Published to coincide with the 80th birthday of the controversial avant-garde composer, Revill's lengthy biography of John Cage may prove as puzzling to readers as the composer's musical experiments have proved to concert-goers over the years. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Interesting, but too long and too dry."
A thoroughly researched but dull treatise showing the significant impact of sports on the great American-Jewish pastime of assimilation. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Told with a light touch but little flair for drama, Horrigan's balanced report neatly avoids the inspirational cheerleading of so many other success stories."
Last fall, Bob Shannon took street-tough ghetto kids from East St. Read full book review >
STEERED BY THE FALLING STARS by Daniel Spurr
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

Spurr, a former Cruising World editor, sets sail aboard a 33- foot fiberglass boat on a yearlong cruise of the Intercoastal Waterway that becomes a voyage of self-discovery. Read full book review >
BEYOND CENTER COURT by Tracy Austin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 17, 1992

"A weak net-ball of a book, best reserved for tennis fanatics looking for something to thumb through during changeovers. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Strikingly bland memoirs from the former teen tennis-phenom. Read full book review >
STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN by Richard Cole
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 3, 1992

"Lacks the depth of Stephen Davis's Hammer of the Gods (1985) but dishes up the real dirt as only an insider's report can. (Photographs—not seen.)"
Tell-all journal of the hedonism, profligacy, and perversity of the Seventies supergroup that went down in flames. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >