Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

SHOWMAN by David Thomson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 9, 1992

"Pretty much a spellbinder, with a pathetic third act, despite Thomson's keen analyses of Selznick's glossy films and long fade- out. (Photographs—108—not seen.)"
Brilliant, immense life of the producer of Gone With the Wind, smartly done by film-historian/novelist Thomson (Silver Light, 1990, etc.). Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"An exciting, intelligent, well-written football book that brings a classic game to pulse-quickening life with the immediacy of today's sports pages. (Photographs—not seen.)"
A smashing retelling of the fabled Notre Dame-Michigan State game that ended in a 10-10 tie and decided the 1966 national championship. Read full book review >

A DAY IN THE NIGHT OF AMERICA by Kevin Coyne
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"In the end, some jobs are just more worth reading about than others, regardless of when they're performed—which makes about half this book worth staying up for and the other half relief from insomnia."
Attention all 28 million Americans awake and working after midnight: This book's for you. Read full book review >
HANG TIME by Bob Greene
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Engaging and likely to sell very big, but one caveat: Greene gets close to Jordan but closer to Greene, and spends a little too much time there. (Photos—12 b&w—not seen.)"
Ruminative analysis of Olympic and NBA superstar Michael Jordan, by bestselling Chicago Tribune columnist Greene (Homecoming, 1988, etc.). Read full book review >
PASOLINI REQUIEM by Barth David Schwartz
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Encyclopedic, microscopic portrait of a lean and thin-lipped narcissist, murdered by a 17-year-old thug he was paying to service. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
The bad-taste life of a relentless sexual and political rebel and ever-scandalous bad boy of Italian cinema and the arts. Read full book review >

MY LIFE by Earvin 'Magic' Johnson
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"A lock for a fast-break to the bestseller lists. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Magic's second autobiography, far richer than his first (Magic, 1983), for this one (written with Novak, coauthor of autobiographies of Nancy Reagan, Lee Iacocca, etc.) details not only the prestidigitation of the NBA's greatest point guard but also the stunning 1991 revelation of HIV infection that turned Johnson into a world celebrity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"He gives more umbrage than he takes."
Prolific country cutup Grizzard (You Can't Put No Boogie Woogie on the King of Rock and Roll, 1991, etc.) turns a little ill-tempered in this year's offering. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Skip it. (Fifteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
The case of the Texas woman who tried to hire a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter's rival for a spot on the cheerleading team. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"Interesting for true-crime collectors who can tolerate the minutiae. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A thorough but pedantic study of Mark David Chapman, assassin of John Lennon, by a journalist who's been conducting interviews with the killer since 1986. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"The kind of personal account that gives chutzpah a bad name. (Sixteen pages of color photographs—not seen; b&w illustrations throughout.)"
Showoff memoirs of an artist whose works stirred controversy during the Beat era and have been increasingly ignored ever since. Read full book review >
HOROWITZ by Harold C. Schonberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

The former senior music critic for The New York Times details the career of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1902-89), who has been the subject of a previous biography (Glenn Plaskin's Horowitz, 1983) as well as of a volume of personal memoirs (David Dubal's Evenings with Horowitz, 1991—not reviewed). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 25, 1992

"Tremendous fun for rock fans and an affecting portrait of an extraordinary man. (Fifty b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Fascinating story of the rock impresario, who led many lives to the fullest. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >