Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

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 >
THE MEAT MARKET by Richard Whittingham
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 11, 1992

"Definitive work for couch-potato grid fans but—as it grinds through the endless details of the 1991 draft—too much of a good thing."
The lowdown on how NFL teams obtain college players; by Whittingham, a novelist (State Street, 1991) and sportswriter (Saturday Afternoon, 1985, etc.). Read full book review >
KEITH RICHARDS by Victor Bockris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Interesting, and probably choice fare for Richards fans, but hardly gospel. (B&w photographs—not seen.)"
A gushing Keith Richards fanzine and high-bias Rolling Stones history. Read full book review >
HUDDLE by Andrew H. Malcolm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Well written and at times astute, but not what you'd expect from a writer nominated five times for a Pulitzer."
An odd entry from talented and usually trenchant New York Times reporter and columnist Malcolm (Someday, 1991, etc.)—a paean to high-school football and those who coach it, with nary a negative word for either. Read full book review >
TOUGH DRAW by Eliot Berry
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Not quite an ace, but an impressive sportswriting first serve."
A passionately impressionistic and insightful celebration of professional tennis from former junior player Berry. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A top-notch dog-and-gun-book, with sympathetic focus on humans and animals as well as some fine nature writing."
Wonderfully evoked natural scenes and portraits of hunters from a free-lance writer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >