Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

CHRISTMAS IN JULY by Diane Jacobs
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Jacobs rarely smiles, but this dig into the archaeology of Sturges scripts and photos (54 b&w) is most welcome—and raising Preston is still enough."
Two so-so recent biographies of the euphoric film-director Preston Sturges (1898-1959), by James Curtis and Donald Spoto, and Sturges's posthumous autobiography, Preston Sturges by Preston Sturges (1990), are now followed by a critical biography that has a keener eye for the nuts and bolts of Sturges's scripts and his filmmaking than Curtis, Spoto, or even Sturges himself had. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"One of the better inside-appreciations of the chancy, high- stakes game of broadcast TV since Merle Miller's Only You, Dick Daring (1964). (Eight pages of photographs—not seen.)"
If a camel is a horse designed by a committee, successful TV shows, on the evidence of the cautionary tale at hand, almost have to be accidents of nature. Read full book review >

INSIDE TODAY by Judy Kessler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A lively blend of reminiscence, reporting, gossip, and canny analysis."
Inside scoop from a former Today show talent booker. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Lacking in original insights, but, still, a well-intentioned and thoroughly researched introduction to a painful subject."
An in-depth analysis of the print media's handling of sex crimes. Read full book review >
FROM BIRDLAND TO BROADWAY by Bill Crow
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Well written but seldom gripping."
Low-key memoir by jazz musician and writer Crow. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Business and personalities well mixed—a much lighter read than Neal Gabler's An Empire of Their Own (1988). (Photographs—not seen.)"
Business history of the moviemaker from Minsk who helped found MGM, became feared and powerful, treated his stable of stars like a tearful father, and was a renowned vulgarian whose mangled bons mots were the lifeblood of movie colony gossip. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"But Brown got his book, and it's excellent. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
All and everything about Florida State's 1991 football season, by USA Today writer/editor Brown. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

If mother-daughter relationships are socially rather than psychologically or biologically constructed, then the sources of the common paradigms of bonding/separation, love/hate, enmeshment/autonomy are to be found, according to Walters (Sociology, Georgetown Univ.), in films, TV shows, and magazines. ``Mother-bashing,'' Walters says, has dominated these media since the end of WW II, with daughters growing up through rebellion or self-destruction—encouraged, ironically, by the women's movement that blamed ``mom'' for being neglectful and not nurturing, as well as for being a victim, the symbol of what modern women should hold in contempt. Read full book review >
A LIFE IN MUSIC by Daniel Barenboim
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Conductor/pianist Barenboim, recently appointed to succeed Georg Solti at the Chicago Symphony, offers not, as billed, ``a witty and engaging memoir,'' but rather a quiet potpourri of professional reminiscences and aesthetic observations—with personal matters almost entirely off-limits. Read full book review >
WHEN YOU CAN'T COME BACK by Dave Dravecky
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 25, 1992

"The Draveckys' sincerity shines through even this orgy of soul-beating, which says a lot for them. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In 1989, major-league pitcher Dravecky—who struggled back from surgery on his cancerous left arm only to break the arm ruinously while pitching—learned a bitter lesson about comebacks. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 23, 1992

"A near-miracle—a nimble, exciting unknotting of a horribly tangled business—that's also a public service, as Zimbalist presents workable proposals that put the fan's interests first."
During the baseball strike of 1990, Zimbalist's disillusioned 11-year-old son suggested that his dad write a book on the economics of baseball. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1992

"Fine, funny fare for Jew and non-Jew alike."
Rabbi Telushkin (An Eye for an Eye, 1991), rooted in the tradition of reverence for past learning, has gathered lots of hoary jokes and aged wisecracks, together with a few more recent japes, that make Jews laugh. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >