Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Worthy, especially in the classroom, but neither groundbreaking nor definitive. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
An often stimulating survey of how blacks have been portrayed in popular culture. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"But for all its drama, this is, in the end, forgettable. (Literary Guild selection)"
Detroit's story of an undercover sting operation into the Hell's Angels is quick and breezy but insults the reader with its sketchy rendering of a fascinating scenario. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Though Marling chooses to remain more chronicler than critic, this archaeology of our recent visual past is as important as any recent political history of the period, and far fresher in approach. (Illustrations, not seen)"
An absorbing study of the role of style and design in early postwar American culture. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Certainly a labor of love, and all the more valuable for holding the Fabs to the highest critical standards."
An ideal pathfinder on the Beatles' long and winding road from moptops to magi—insightful, informative, contentious, and as ambitious and surprising as its heroes. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Well flavored with wonderful passages on the foods, the people, the travel from village to city, and the joys and frustrations of daily life in a foreign land. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sunny, refreshing season of pro basketball in the Lega Pallenestro Italiano. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Telander's oddly muted admiration combined with jaundiced cynicism spike any punch the book might have had, but despite the confused viewpoint, his analysis of the program's transformation is sound and sturdy. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
How the University of Wisconsin athletic department went from a debt-ridden mess in 1990 to one of the healthiest programs in the country, capped by its once hapless football team's stunning 1994 Rose Bowl victory. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE BATCAVE by Adam West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Holy Publishing Event,'' but there's good fun for Batfans."
An amiably ungrandiose, entertaining memoir of TV's Batman by the Caped Crusader himself. Read full book review >
A BRIEF HISTORY OF AMERICAN CULTURE by Robert M. Crunden
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Leavening common information with uncommon insights and skillfully managing—without directly addressing—the difficulties of its mission, Crunden's work should provoke fine conversations on what Americans might want to say next."
Reworking a book first published abroad, Crunden (American Civilization/Univ. of Texas at Austin) provides readers in these United States with a useful overview of their cultural history. Read full book review >
WE BOMBED IN BURBANK by Vance Muse
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"Overall, a small tale well told."
An entertaining autopsy of a failed NBC TV drama/comedy. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1994

"He depicts tough, hard-working men living with privation and pain for the sake of eight seconds of furious heroics."
A grueling year on the rodeo circuit with the bronc busters and bull riders who keep alive what Johnson calls America's ``most powerful myth.'' Joe Wimberley of Cool, Tex., is typical of the rodeo riders of the new Old West, says Johnson, Denver bureau chief of the New York Times. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 25, 1994

"Motown historians will glean little new about Reeves's life; fans of the kiss-and-tell genre will be disappointed by the dearth of dirt. (Three 8-page b&w photo inserts, not seen) (Author tour)"
A less-than-average celebrity memoir of the averagely famous Motown singer, written with the coauthor of Micky Dolenz's I'm a Believer (1993). Read full book review >
CAROL REED by Nicholas Wapshott
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 23, 1994

"Proficiently written and well researched, this book begs a simple question: If Reed's work is for the most part undistinguished, why bother?"
A meticulous but dry biography of the British director, himself a meticulous but dry filmmaker. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
author of MODERN LOVERS
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >