Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 301)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 17, 1996

"Neuman's book is interesting as a historical review but superficial as political analysis because of its failure to consider fundamental questions of the relationship of the media to society. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Neuman, foreign editor of USA Today, claims to debunk myths about the power of technology to shape world events. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 9, 1996

"Until a more astute overview comes along, She Bop—whose title comes from a song about masturbation—makes for an unsatisfying stopgap. (b&w photos, not seen)"
An overambitious and underwrought attempt to explain the context, obstacles, and achievements of every woman ever to have a career in pop music. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 5, 1996

"Like advertising's favorite medium, TV, Adcult rivets attention powerfully, even brilliantly, but edifies little. (181 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A virtuosic survey of advertising in America, this book is a romp through the land where you (and your wallet) are the most desirable, sought-after creature in the world. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 3, 1996

"A model Hollywood biography: cogent, to the point, candid, briskly written, and never dull."
This first book by Los Angeles Times correspondent Herman is an exhaustively complete biography of Wyler, director of such acclaimed films as Ben-Hur, The Best Years of Our Lives, Wuthering Heights, Jezebel, and The Letter. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 1996

"An American epic, if not exactly an American Beauty. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Interesting drugged-out memories from the original manager of the infamous hippie rock group. Read full book review >

BUT BEAUTIFUL by Geoff Dyer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A false note in the history of jazz criticism."
A curious combination of fiction and criticism celebrating primarily the great jazz musicians of the '50s. Read full book review >
ORSON WELLES by Simon Callow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It will be a hard, fidgety wait for the second volume. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A superbly wrought, aesthetically and psychologically acute portrait of Welles's sheer, undisciplined genius. Read full book review >
IT'S ABOUT TIME by Fred M. Hall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nevertheless, a good primer for the reader interested in Brubeck, his music, and his times. (49 illustrations, not seen)"
Idolatrous biography of famed jazz-pop pianist/composer/bandleader Brubeck, with analysis of his recordings and compositions. Read full book review >
PLAYING OFF THE RAIL by David McCumber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"It gets a little long toward the end, but on the whole, this is a refreshing and very funny look at the world of pool, billiards, and snooker. (Author tour)"
McCumber (X-Rated: The Mitchell Brothers, 1992) hits the road with professional pool player Tony Annigoni, determined to make a killing in the sometimes twilight world of pool hustlers. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Best read both Ryan and Brennan for a balanced picture of a grueling yet beautiful sport. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A mix of giddy admiration and honest reporting that's as wobbly as a junior skater attempting a triple flip. Read full book review >
THE SAME RIVER TWICE by Alice Walker
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"More scrapbook than a solid volume, as the usual Walker themes appear only intermittently between clippings and movie memorabilia."
Like the quilt her character Celie makes in the bestselling novel The Color Purple, Walker has created a patchwork verbal memento of the filming of her novel that will delight fans and movie buffs but is too self-absorbed to be of general interest. Read full book review >
QUENTIN TARANTINO by Jami Bernard
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Perhaps Tarantino will one day merit a biography; it certainly won't be this one. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A premature biography, shallow and uninspired. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >