Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1996

"A frank, fascinating memoir by a remarkable reporter. (47 illustrations, not seen)"
The legendary athlete and broadcasting pioneer recounts with great emotion the triumphs and setbacks of nearly seven decades in the sporting world. Read full book review >
SHOWTUNE by Jerry Herman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 1996

"I Am What I Am,'' chiefly but not exclusively for fans. (photos)"
Notwithstanding frank discussion of his homosexuality and HIV- positive status, the composer-lyricist of Hello, Dolly!, Mame, and La Cage aux Folles delivers a memoir as old-fashioned as his shows: exuberant, stagestruck, over-gushy at times, and unabashedly self- infatuated. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 12, 1996

"Frolick's debut effort features some boffo scenes, but it's much too talky, and poor performances and awkward editing will likely limit its box-office appeal. (7 b&w photos, not seen)"
Lights, camera, inaction!—as we follow seven recent, and surprisingly dull, film-school grads trying to succeed in Hollywood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 1996

"For politicos, journalists, or anyone who has ever been pulled into the distorted worldview of a dangerous smooth talker, the story of Brett Kimberlin is a valuable one, expertly unearthed and reported by Singer."
An absorbing investigation into the life and tall tales of Brett Kimberlin, the jailed drug dealer who won brief notoriety by claiming to have sold drugs to Dan Quayle. Read full book review >
MY SERGEI by Ekaterina Gordeeva
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Here the 25-year-old widow tells their story with a naive simplicity and innocence, lacking the womanly grace that embodied her love when she was on the ice with her husband. (16 pages color photos and 40 b&w photos) (Literary Guild alternate selection; Doubleday Book Club featured alternate)"
The jacket of this memoir seems to promise a fairy tale, as does the simple title. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Heavily illustrated, the volume includes scene sketches for Tara and the burning of Atlanta, costume sketches, makeup stills, and more. (Abrams; $39.95; Nov.; 224 pages; ISBN 0-8109-3684-4; Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
Harmetz, who has previously chronicled the making of The Wizard of Oz and Casablanca, now turns to the Great American Movie: Gone With the Wind. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"An entertaining hodgepodge, but a hodgepodge all the same. (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
TV film maven and Chicago Tribune columnist Ebert (A Kiss Is Still a Kiss, 1984) gathers 100 pieces in belated tribute to the first century of the movies. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"The game, a narrow one-point victory for Army, provided a stunning climax to the season. It also supplies a stirring ending for this exceptional book."
Feinstein, author of the bestselling A Good Walk Spoiled (1995), again delivers the goods, this time chronicling the 1995 season of the West Point and Annapolis football teams, culminating in their annual game. Read full book review >
BEHIND BLUE EYES by Geoffrey Giuliano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"A confused, contradictory, and unrevealing work. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Riddled with inconsistencies, this overlong and occasionally self-serving biography of the Mod rock satyr offers little about its subject that fans don't already know. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"More debate and diversity of opinion would have been welcome instead of Seger's seamless united front."
A thorough but pedestrian look at women's evolving roles in film and television. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1996

"Not the definitive biography, then, and certainly not for casual G&S fans—but the most authoritative effort of its kind thus far, and, particularly considering the often-academic content, crisply readable. (16 pages b&w illustrations)"
Stedman, editor of a collection of Gilbert's non-G&S works (Gilbert Before Sullivan, 1967), now offers a solid, stylish, well- researched critical biography—which effectively emphasizes the Victorian-theater context of Gilbert's writings but fails to pay proper attention to his genius as a lyricist. Read full book review >
NUTCRACKER by E.T.A. Hoffmann
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 28, 1996

"A beautiful version of this classic tale, which will captivate adults and children alike. (Nutcracker; $35.00; Oct. 28, 1996; 136 pp.; 0-15-100227-4)"
This is not the Nutcracker sweet, as passed on by Tchaikovsky and Marius Petipa. 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 >