Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 303)

Released: July 1, 1992

"Better than nostalgia, sometimes serious, and often genuinely funny."
Allen's 38th book, by his reckoning, and perhaps his best. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1992

"The seasons, the plays, the ups and downs are all here, but what makes this book live is Craig's sense of brotherhood with his team: It's a good antidote to me-first jock literature. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A detailed and thoughtful look inside the great San Francisco 49ers teams of the 80's, by their premier running back. Read full book review >

TELELITERACY by David Bianculli
Released: June 26, 1992

"Admitting that TV has yet to reach its potential, Bianculli finds enough meat in current programming to relieve the guilt of all of us who watch the not-so-boob tube more than we care to admit. (Ten b&w photographs—not seen.)"
A ringing defense of TV as a forum for art, information, and education, and as a candidate in the more-cultured-than-thou sweepstakes. Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 1992

"Puette makes clear that the media's negative portrayal has contributed to this state of affairs, but he has little to say about labor's own contribution. (Illustrations throughout.)"
A dissection of media bias against organized labor that makes newspapers' Labor Day editorials about the decline of unions sound like good press. Read full book review >
OFF BASE by Rickey Henderson
Released: June 24, 1992

"But his mouth moves as fast as his legs, and the reader is left holding the bag. (B&w photo insert—not seen.)"
Henderson, who holds baseball's major-league record for most stolen bases, won't steal into many hearts with this superficial and self-congratulatory autobiography co-written by a baseball writer for the Gannett News Service. Read full book review >

Released: June 17, 1992

"Sociologically and politically interesting; philosophically half-baked."
A fitfully perceptive account of the collective American ``memory'' of Watergate, and of what this tells us about the nature of history. Read full book review >
HOW THE WORLD WAS ONE by Arthur C. Clarke
Released: June 15, 1992

"Little here is new—Clarke must be hoarse from repeating this message—but such a charming, pleasurable retelling of the societal unification myth is certainly worthwhile."
In a cheerful, if hardly startling, review, Clarke traces humankind's transformation from a mosaic of isolated states into a true global community—through modern communications-technology that began with the laying of the first submarine cables and continues to future visions of "talkmen" (Walkman-like telephones). Read full book review >
AMONG THE THUGS by Bill Buford
Released: June 8, 1992

"An extraordinary and powerful cautionary cry."
A horrific and almost unbearably up-close look at British football (soccer) fan violence; by the editor of Granta. Read full book review >
BEHIND THE WALL by Richard M. Huff
Released: June 1, 1992

"Stock-car racing would seem rich in dramatic possibilities, but Huff never gets this entry out of first gear. (Illustrations- -not seen.)"
The high-octane world of stock-car racing and the planning, preparation, and mechanical wizardry that go on behind the scenes are given a rather bland and repetitious treatment here by Daily Variety correspondent Huff. Read full book review >
MUHAMMAD ALI by Ferdie Pacheco
Released: June 1, 1992

"The engaging and slickly written text features photographs throughout, including many from Pacheco's personal collection."
A no-punches-pulled memoir of life as Muhammad Ali's personal physician during the former champ's ring career. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1992

"For all music lovers. (Thirty halftones—not seen.)"
Superb, fully sympathetic life of fiery German conductor Wilhelm FurtwÑngler (1886-1954), who was unfairly blackened as a Nazi convert. Read full book review >
LOUIS HORST by Janet Mansfield Soares
Released: June 1, 1992

"Readers may miss some of the passion that was a hallmark of this era and of Graham's life and associations (conveyed so well by Agnes de Mille in Martha, 1991), but, still, this is a worthwhile account of an important figure. (Thirty-two b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Louis Horst was a musician, conductor, and composer who, through his work with Martha Graham and other pioneers, profoundly affected the development of American modern dance. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >