Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 2005

"Even so, La Russa turns up results, as readers will discover—and, of course, he took the Cards to the World Series in 2004. A real treat for scholarly baseball fans, and a better management book than most on the business shelves."
Is baseball a game? Not by this first-rate account of a battle of titans, in which a pampered star player insists that he's a "performer" and the manager-hero employs the strategic skills of a warlord. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 4, 2005

"A luminous story of a golfer having a fine old time and, for duffers, an instructive study of playing Augusta."
The joyous telling of a great golf win, from one of the sport's most admired figures. Read full book review >

LUCKIEST MAN by Jonathan Eig
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2005

"One of those sports biographies that transcends sports."
A baseball icon, as never before portrayed. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 2005

"Mathewson and McGraw may be the star attractions, but it's Deford's reach of baseball knowledge, its color and historical circumstance—all the minutiae that pile up into a grand and recognizable edifice—that sets this one apart."
One of our more melodious sportswriters details the importance of Mathewson and McGraw in raising baseball to the status of a national pastime. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 14, 2005

"Unlike most lengthy texts, this one gets better as it progresses, drawing complex themes and a huge cast into a single overarching vision of a cultural attitude that has produced many fine artists and striking moments—but no institutional or intellectual support to sustain them."
Opinionated, stimulating account of how classical music failed to establish fruitful roots in America, from orchestral administrator and historian Horowitz (Wagner Nights, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 1, 2005

"Don't read this unless you're prepared to be saddened, encouraged, and changed."
A lyrical trip from the glitz of theater to the darkest corners of the American justice system. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"Comprehensive, considered, and literate: a real accomplishment."
Main currents in American thought about money and Wall Street, traced by journalist Fraser (Labor Will Rule, 1991, etc.) in an expansive social history. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 1, 2005

"A bloody fine riposte to those who would censor with clouded hindsight and muddy reasoning."
Why the good old days were actually often quite nasty. Read full book review >
THE SHOOTING by Kemp Powers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"Sparely written, often casual, but powerful."
From award-winning journalist Powers, a debut memoir considering a youth lost to a firearms accident. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"An impressive appreciation of cinema's highs and lows, but you'll still wish Biskind could simply go back to writing about movies again instead of indulging in all this glossy gossip."
The probably inevitable rarities and B-sides compilation from the ex-editor of Premiere. Read full book review >
BUGATTI QUEEN by Miranda Seymour
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 14, 2004

"A stunning portrait, intriguing with unanswerable questions. (Photos throughout)"
The colorful, engrossing story of Helle Nice—exotic dancer, race-car driver, accused Nazi collaborator—told with considerable élan by biographer Seymour (Mary Shelley, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 7, 2004

"One of those rare film books that walks the fine line between populist tub-thumping and sky-is-falling, Sontag-esque screed."
The lowdown on a word beloved by film executives, loathed by film critics, and not quite understood by anybody. 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 >