Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

THE LAST SHOT by Darcy Frey
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"A heartbreaking, gritty piece of work."
Expanding the Harper's piece that won a National Magazine Award, Frey deepens his devastating indictment of big-time college basketball's recruiting circus and the long shot at redemption it offers four talented New York City high school players. Read full book review >
VAMPS AND TRAMPS by Camille Paglia
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

Those who missed them in Playboy, The New Republic, and other media can catch up with culture diva Paglia's latest performances here. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1994

With the capable help of sportswriter Levine (Life on the Rim, 1990), the smallest man ever to play in the NBA tells his story with warmth and humor. Read full book review >
IRVING BERLIN by Mary Ellin Barrett
Released: Nov. 1, 1994

"This memoir succeeds on a small scale, as a daughter's reach across time to recapture her childhood and make a final attempt to connect with her father. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Life with father, glossing over the bad times and trumpeting the good. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 31, 1994

"Nothing really new here, but a vivid recreation of a great period and a seminal company in popular music. (Author tour)"
A substantive, reasonably candid memoir from the founder of Detroit's legendary Motown Records, creator of the soundtrack of the '60s. Read full book review >

PLEASE STAND BY by Michael Ritchie
Released: Oct. 30, 1994

"The 77 black-and-white photos provided here hold the nonspecialist's attention, while the text rarely does."
A well-researched but dull account of the hungry, unkempt days of early television. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"The author's intimate connection to his material and his tremendous capacity for description strengthen this provocative and entertaining work."
An astute, engrossing examination of the dynamic relationship between comedy and social revolution. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 27, 1994

"A few pearls among the paranoia, but this flawed paean to literacy is as awkward as its title."
An academic's meandering foray into the realms of the preliterate. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 21, 1994

"Interesting stories in search of a collective purpose. (32 b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Fox seems to have formed this disjointed work by taking a worthy collection of anecdotes from the professional worlds of baseball, football, and basketball and throwing them against the wall to see what would stick. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 19, 1994

"Quinn performs his task in a richly straightforward way, depicting his colorful cast with a keen sense of the delicate meshing of the personal and the historical."
Quinn, fresh from his exploration of early America in A New World ( p. 535), takes on the early days of gold-rush California through the story of two men whose political and personal rivalry was to end in tragedy. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 1994

"Enjoyable anecdotes, not much insight or history. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The CBS anchorman tells of his globe-trotting moments—good yarns, though they're not exactly representative of his usual daily work behind a desk. Read full book review >
BLACKFACE by Nelson George
Released: Oct. 12, 1994

"A savvy, revealing insider's view of the struggle for films created and controlled by African-Americans in Hollywood. (b&w photos, not seen)"
A textured personal exploration of the last 30 years of African-American cinema. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >