Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

Released: Feb. 28, 1993

Said's latest book largely reiterates his familiar argument for cultural recognition of the "Other" (more cogently marshalled in his Orientalism, 1978), particularly the colonized "Other" that has been molded in popular perception by the crucial (to Said) element of Western imperialism. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 25, 1993

"EWSLUGB stands at center stage. (Photographs.)"
Big bio of Louis B. Mayer, the most thorough ever, from the tireless Higham (The Duchess of Windsor, 1988, and lives of Cary Grant, Orson Welles, Errol Flynn, and others). Read full book review >

MANUTE by Leigh Montville
Released: Feb. 24, 1993

"Oddly touching and funny: a captivating look at a unique individual. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
With humor, a touch of pathos, and equal amounts of jock-talk and social history, Sports Illustrated senior writer Montville tells how 7'7'' Manute Bol went from cow-tender in the Sudan to multimillionaire shot-blocker for basketball's Philadelphia 76ers. Read full book review >
AT YOUR OWN RISK by Derek Jarman
Released: Feb. 21, 1993

"For readers fresh to the fray, the title tells all. (Eighteen b&w photographs.)"
Patchy memoir by gay British filmmaker Jarman, who tested HIV- positive five years ago, has survived a handful of illnesses, and is still going strong. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 19, 1993

"As polyrhythmic as Carnival itself: an artful blend of music, politics, and the land; a maelstrom of sounds and images from which Krich concocts an intriguing picture of Brazil."
Everything you ever wanted to know about samba and the kindred sounds of Brazil, told with the neurotic hipness that leavens Krich's best writing (El BÇisbol, 1989, etc.). Read full book review >

MURDOCH by William Shawcross
Released: Feb. 2, 1993

"A worldly-wise rundown on a visionary magnate."
A thoroughly professional report on the rise and near fall of Rupert Murdoch as the planet's ranking multimedia baron. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Benny blows—and the angels sing."
Goodman (1909-86) bestrides the Swing Era in this stirring portrait that focuses largely on the clarinetist's wonder years during the 30's and 40's—though his childhood as a musical prodigy and his later years following the death of the big bands get their due. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Sarno, despite his genuine affection for the Pygmies, is a puzzling figure who unintentionally reveals more about himself than about the Pygmies, whom he seems to see through all-too-Western eyes."
Sarno, an American, heads for the rain forest of the Central African Republic. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Positively liquescent with brilliant images and insights. (Photos—16 pp. b&w—not seen.)"
One of the strangest and most stylish books of the year: a cultural history of swimming, by a dealer in 19th-century paintings. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"An invigorating, world-class ride down some tricky and rewarding terrain."
The 80-mile-an-hour exploits of the US Men's Downhill Ski Team propel this bracing report from Miami Herald staffer Wilson (coauthor, Maximum Morphonius, 1990). Read full book review >
PAUL McCARTNEY by Ross Benson
Released: Jan. 15, 1993

"Solid Beatleiana, to be set on the shelf alongside Alan Clayson's Ringo Starr (p. 823). (Forty b&w photographs.)"
``Will you still love me when I'm 64?'' wrote Beatle Paul on the Sgt Pepper album (1967). ``Perhaps not,'' readers of this thoughtful biography may reply, especially if the McCartney (now 51) whom British journalist Benson presents doesn't soon loosen up a bit. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 11, 1993

"Braunbehrens has done much necessary spadework—but a sharper, more graceful writer, Ö la Ernest Newman in his magisterial Gluck and the Opera, should now make us want to learn the music. (Twenty illustrations.)"
Despite the sexy title, this is no mere refutation of the Amadeus canard about poisoning Mozart, but a serious study by Braunbehrens (Mozart in Vienna, 1990) of Antonio Salieri's musical output, primarily the numerous operas that during his lifetime (1750-1825) were performed throughout Europe. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jenny Han
July 6, 2015

In Jenny Han’s P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once? In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing. View video >