Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A thoughtful, instructive survey on what may lie ahead on a winding road that's still under construction."
A down-to-earth guide to the digital revolution (a.k.a. Read full book review >
IRA GERSHWIN by Philip Furia
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Ira was a master at breathing new life into old formulas with an urbane wit; Furia, unfortunately, is unable to do the same."
Furia, who has already attempted a general survey of the great American lyricists (Poets of Tin Pan Alley, 1990), turns his attention to the works of a giant of the field. Read full book review >

THE BOX by Jeff Kisseloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"An always fascinating exploration of the rowdy, sometimes wonderful, sometimes appalling days of early television. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A thoroughly engrossing grab bag of memories of the dawn of television. Read full book review >
LEADER OF THE BAND by Gene Lees
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A few high notes from the past, bathed in a warm, nostalgic glow. (25 b&w photos, not seen)"
Workmanlike biography of a famed big bandsman. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A workmanlike biography that will interest students of African-American studies. (47 halftones, not seen)"
The story of a child-prodigy pianist and journalist and her troubled family. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Makes you want to rush out to the nearest nightclub and check out the action."
Winer, a New Yorkbased journalist who covers musical theater and cabaret (coauthor of Sing Out, Louise!, not reviewed), spent a year on the cabaret circuit following its three dominant figures, Rosemary Clooney, Barbara Cook, and Julie Wilson, with serendipitous results. Read full book review >
RUBINSTEIN by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A book with something for almost everyone, and a worthy incentive to investigate Rubinstein's unique artistry. (photos, not seen)"
Sachs is explicitly out to set the record straight in this detailed, scholarly biography of the legendary pianist. Read full book review >
FALLING FROM GRACE by Terry Pluto
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Pluto offers sound and interesting solutions—such as stiff fines for technical fouls and zone defenses to bring back speed— but the good ideas get buried in what occasionally sounds like a sports-bar gripe session."
Perhaps the National Basketball Association is in trouble when one of its preeminent chroniclers can refer to the notorious Charles Barkley as one of the ``good guys.'' Pluto (The Curse of Rocky Colavito, 1994, etc.) laments that this once fast, offense-oriented game is going ``through a period of taunting, brawling, and championship teams that can't shoot.'' The games are low-scoring, there's too much trash talk, and the younger players, though superb athletes, fail to master the fundamentals. Read full book review >
OUR VAMPIRES, OURSELVES by Nina Auerbach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"There's little reason to quibble, however, over this smart and snappy scholarly adventure story."
A vigorous, witty look at the undead as cultural icons in 19th- and 20th-century England and America. Read full book review >
I AM SPOCK by Leonard Nimoy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 1995

"It has no oomph. (Author tour)"
A disappointingly ordinary memoir by an extraordinary actor. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"A small jewel of a book, as intricate and astonishing as the wonders it describes. (b&w drawings, not seen)"
A staff writer for the New Yorker presents a whimsical and often profound tour of a truly curious museum and its highly ironic curator. Read full book review >
THE CHINA VOYAGE by Tim Severin
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 23, 1995

"Brilliantly told story of hope, camaraderie, and closeness to the elements. (color inserts, not seen)"
Award-winning writer and adventurer Severin (In Search of Genghis Khan, 1992, etc.) describes how he and his crew of seven made the seemingly impossible voyage across the Pacific in a craft that Chinese sailors might have used 2,000 years ago. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >