Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

OK! by Max Wilk
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 31, 1993

"Despite a melodramatic presentation, Wilk's enthusiasm makes this an entertaining read—a nostalgia trip for some and an important piece of stage history for others. (Color and b&w photographs throughout—most seen.)"
The trail-blazing musical that launched the prolific partnership of Rodgers and Hammerstein celebrates its 50th anniversary with members of the original production helping Wilk (And Did You Once See Sidney Plain?, 1986, etc.) piece together a colorful history of its evolution as the first Broadway musical drama to weld music, book, song, and dance into an integrated whole. Read full book review >
LES PAUL by Mary Shaughnessy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 1993

"Packed with fascinating detail and researched with loving thoroughness (Shaughnessy includes a complete Paul discography): a rock-music-lover's delight. (Photos—not seen.)"
Who made the guitar a solo instrument? Read full book review >

THE MONSTER SHOW by David J. Skal
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 22, 1993

"Skal's love and respect for the genre shine through this impeccably researched, lively chronicle: a top-drawer choice for horror fans. (One hundred illustrations—not seen.)"
Frightfully well-done survey of modern horror, eclipsing Stephen King's seminal Danse Macabre (1981) for clarity of writing, if not personableness or depth of idea, and Walter Kendrick's The Thrill of Fear (1991) for cultural savvy. Read full book review >
THE LIP by Gerald Eskenazi
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 19, 1993

"An anecdotal, warts-and-all portrait of a rugged individualist who did it his way, which should appeal to fans of any age. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A largely successful attempt to set the record straight on one of baseball's stormier superstars and, perhaps, to gain him a posthumous niche in the Hall of Fame. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 3, 1993

"A first-rate resource from which even lifelong fans will learn something new."
Veteran sports journalist Koppett (Sports Illusion, Sports Reality, 1981, etc.) breaks new ground with this massive study of baseball managers from the 1840's to the present. Read full book review >

BIRTH OF A FAN by Ron Fimrite
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 2, 1993

"More intriguing, although probably unsalable, would be an anthology by those who hate the game."
So-so set of original essays by 16 well-known writers on how they fell in love with baseball, edited by a senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Read full book review >
BUNNY BERIGAN by Robert Dupuis
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A book that belongs in every hornplayer's case, along with a picture of Louis Armstrong. (Sixteen pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A jazz trumpeter's dream, the long-awaited (for 50 years) biography of the greatest white trumpet-player of the century. Read full book review >
MY UNFORGETTABLE SEASON--1970 by Red Holzman
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A poorly prepared, seemingly off-the-cuff account. (Photos—not seen.)"
The ex-coach of the New York Knicks looks back in meandering fashion at his team's first championship, which capped one of the most exciting seasons in basketball history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"An entertaining look at pro golf's lighter side. (Eight pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Delightful recollections of Jacobsen's 17 years as a touring golf pro, emphasizing his role as one of the great characters of the game. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1993

"Fun at the outset, but most seats will be empty by the seventh-inning stretch."
Unmemorable memoir by a former Hollywood writer and producer (M*A*S*H; Cheers) who chucks it all in middle age to become a baseball announcer. Read full book review >
BASEBALL IN THE AFTERNOON by Robert Smith
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 1993

"Elegant, lovingly detailed all-star memories. (Sixteen pages of b&w photos—not seen.)"
Mellifluous essays on the dawn of baseball, by a veteran sportswriter (My Life in the North Woods, 1986, etc.). ``When I inhale the full and mellow fragrance of a new baseball glove,'' writes Smith, ``I find it easy to summon the light of other years around me.'' His evocation begins with his own youth: playing sandlot games with a ball wrapped in black friction tape and watching it crash through a neighbor's window; visiting the Red Sox dugout, where he sees ``an exceptionally happy looking'' Babe Ruth. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 1, 1993

"A sorry, well-told tale that sheds considerable light on how corrupt corporate insiders in league with underworld gangsters managed to beat some potentially bad raps, thanks mainly to government forbearance. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A journalist's harsh review of a federal case that, he believes, brought far too few white-collar scofflaws and mobsters to justice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >