Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 10, 2004

"Newton Minow may have been the first to call TV a 'vast wasteland,' but no one has mapped its terrain more thoroughly and starkly than Rosenberg."
A significant collection of previously published pieces of boob-tube analysis, by the retired Pulitzer Prize-winning critic for the Los Angeles Times. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 8, 2004

"A genuine page-turner: the weak-willed will lose sleep."
Captivating compilation of interviews with people in the arts, all first broadcast on Fresh Air. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 11, 2004

"A treat for Thompson's many fans, though guaranteed not to earn him many admirers among the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld believers."
War and football have this in common, quoth the ascended master of gonzo journalism: "They are both profoundly violent and cruel and utterly unforgiving, and they both require public brutality by people wearing elaborate uniforms." Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT OLYMPICS by Nigel Spivey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Aug. 1, 2004

"An essential resource: always reliable and instructive, often entertaining. (20 b&w illustrations)"
Just in time for the Summer Olympics, a fresh new history of the games that begot all of today's quadrennial pomp, circumstance, competition, and urine-testing. Read full book review >
POLITICS by Hendrik Hertzberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 13, 2004

"Superb writing, subtle thinking. Just the thing for politics junkies and journalism buffs, especially those wondering who merits wearing Izzy Stone's mantle today."
One of American journalism's brightest intellectual lights shines forth in a fine—and long overdue—selection from four decades of work. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 21, 2004

"Literate, sophisticated, and plenty ticked-off: vintage Lapham, and a ringing endorsement of First Amendment freedoms."
The noted contrarian takes on a presidency that seems devoted to taking the path of least resistance. Read full book review >
THE IRRESPONSIBLE SELF by James Wood
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 2004

"A miscellany, then—and an unusually rich and satisfying one."
A theory of distinctively "modern" comedy is and isn't consistently addressed in this provocative gathering of 21 recent (1999-2003) reviews by the stylish critic (The Broken Estate, 1999, etc.) and novelist (The Book Against God, 2003, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 2004

"An eye-opening look at the intersection of art and political power."
A revealing portrait of the great composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-75), who managed to keep skin and soul intact during the worst years of the Soviet terror. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 23, 2004

"What's gained here is the pleasure of watching exemplary reporting illuminate a fascinating crossroads of American popular art and commerce."
On the hundredth anniversary of the naming of Times Square, journalist Traub (City on a Hill, 1994, etc.) traces the colorful history of America's premier theater district and appraises its most recent makeover by Disney and other global corporate brands. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 2, 2004

"As drug-crazed, booze-swilling megalomaniacs go, Yetnikoff makes excellent company."
Yetnikoff, head of CBS Records Group from the mid-'70s through the '80s, looks back on his addled joyride at the top of the American music business. Read full book review >
SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA by Lynne Cox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2004

"An otherworldly existence brought hugely to life."
An awesome study in immersion from long-distance swimmer Cox. Read full book review >
ALFRED HITCHCOCK by Patrick McGilligan
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2003

"Master-ful. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The Master of Suspense finally gets an authoritative life. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >