Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 1995

"Humanizing, a valuable panorama of US classical music culture, and an irresistible inducement to seek out the Mitropoulos performances left to us on records. (66 b&w photos, not seen)"
A first-rate biographical study of one of the century's more important conductors, Dimitri Mitropoulos (18961960). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 12, 1995

"S'readable and and fans will think that s'enjoyable, if not exactly that s'wonderful. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Memoirs, gossip, music history, and a little New Age philosophy from this noted cabaret star. Read full book review >

ICONS by Dodie Kazanjian
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Those who aren't appalled will be amused."
Fifteen fashion articles from Kazanjian, a senior writer at Vogue (and coauthor with Calvin Tomkins of Alex: The Life of Alexander Liberman, 1993). Read full book review >
I, FELLINI by Charlotte Chandler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Instead, we get Fellini in too many of his own words. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
A frenetic, inflated outing with one of the world's great filmmakers, who died in 1993 at the age of 73. Read full book review >
FRAGMENTS by Andre de Toth
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Although it suffers a bit from longueurs in the last hundred pages and is unforthcoming about de Toth's actual filmmaking experiences, Fragments is an entertaining and unexpected look at an unconventional life."
Faber's latest entry in its excellent film book series is the autobiography of one of Hollywood's most underrated filmmakers. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, this is as thorough a recounting as we can probably hope for of this extraordinary but neglected talent. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Knowledgeable and meticulous, this is the first full-scale biography of America's first horror-film auteur. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Western Civilization: The Movie'' is unlikely to be playing at the local multiplex any time soon."
A muddled series of essays investigating the limits and possibilities of film as a medium for comprehending the past. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Not the best of Bombeck, but as always, a welcome poke at the misguided dieters, shoppers, spouses, TV hosts, and others in the animal kingdom who prize propriety over a belly laugh. ($400,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild selection; first serial to Good Housekeeping)"
Here's Erma, to human beings what Jane Goodall is to chimpanzeesan ardent student and a whole lot funnier. Read full book review >
THE VANISHING VISION by James Day
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Still, much of this book feels like an interminable PBS pledge drive (which Day helped invent) but without the premium tote bags and coffee mugs as consolation. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A plodding history of American public television by someone present at its creation. Read full book review >
BILLIE HOLIDAY by Stuart Nicholson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"This Lady is still waiting for her Day in the biographical sun. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Less-than-satisfying biography of a well-beloved jazz singer, despite some interesting musical analysis. Read full book review >
CHOPIN by Jeremy Siepmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 1995

"If these features lead the Chopin novice to further exploration, Siepmann's literary smudges will merit forgiveness. (illustrations, not seen)"
A short biography of the Polish composer and piano virtuoso, seasoned with nontechnical musical discussion. Read full book review >
X-RAY by Ray Davies
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"An overweening but entertaining mess."
The genius behind the Kinks escorts a fictional interlocutor through the first three decades of his life, with much of the perversity, charm, and uneasy wit of his most ambitious lyrics. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >