Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

FAITH IN TIME by David  Ritz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2002

"An invaluable life narrative of a key jazz stylist that raises disturbing questions about the shabby treatment accorded Scott's musical generation."
The moving, startling tale of a near-forgotten jazz master's return from oblivion. Read full book review >
THE FOUNDING FISH by John McPhee
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

"'I'm a shad fisherman,' says McPhee. True, but also a talented portraitist of the fish, a Gilbert Stuart of the species, and a William Hogarth, too, sticking an elbow into the ribs of his obsession."
A blue-chip tour of the American shad from McPhee (Annals of the Former World, 1998, etc.), maestro of the extended essay, if not the fly rod. Read full book review >

THE PARTLY CLOUDY PATRIOT by Sarah Vowell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 5, 2002

"Refreshing, inspiring, enchanting."
Pop-culture commentator Vowell (Take the Cannoli, 2000) offers an engrossing take on suddenly sexy topic of love of country. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

"As breath-stopping as the event itself. (140 drawings and photographs)"
A heady, rushing account of the outrageous high-wire act performed by Petit, on August 7, 1974, between the World Trade Center towers. Read full book review >
ON THE WATER by Nathaniel Stone
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 9, 2002

"Stone rows his boat into a work of art."
In an impeccable piece of travel-writing, newcomer Stone travels by rowboat on a course that turns the eastern US into a big island that he transportingly circumnavigates. Read full book review >

FRENCH REVOLUTIONS by Tim Moore
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 7, 2002

"Outstanding: a must for cycling enthusiasts and recommended to lovers and haters of France, general sports fans, or anyone who has ever cheated at anything."
An amusing British writer creates a lively swirl of action and observation as he bicycles the route of the 2000 Tour de France. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 7, 2002

"Few won't wish they were riding in Mitchell's slipstream, sharing in all the sun and stories and places, the wine and the food."
The exquisite chronicler of Scratch Flat, Massachusetts, rolls far afield in this gladdening excursion that follows the emerging of spring into summer from Spain to the Hebrides. Read full book review >
THE LETTERS OF ARTURO TOSCANINI by Harvey Sachs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 28, 2002

"Music, history, and gossip from a master musician and letter-writer. (7 b&w photos)"
A rich and vivid collection of the great conductor's correspondence. Read full book review >
BASEBALL by Nicholas Dawidoff
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 2, 2002

"Of obvious appeal to baseball fans of all ages, but also a delight for general readers—and worthy of attention from scholars serious about American history and literature."
An intelligently selected and diverse collection of the best baseball poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, to be published on opening day of the Major League season. Read full book review >
KURT WEILL ON STAGE by Foster Hirsch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 12, 2002

"For the specialist and generalist alike, a wonderful portrayal of a fascinating and likable genius."
A first-rate survey of the enigmatic but brilliant composer's life and work. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 30, 2001

"One couldn't ask for a more knowledgeable guide to the inner workings of the Met."
A thoroughgoing, eyeball-rolling institutional history of the Metropolitan Opera that concentrates on the personalities to pretty much the exclusion of the art, from Fiedler (Arthur Fiedler, 1994), for 15 years the press representative of the Met. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 8, 2001

"Simply not to be missed: Meat and potatoes for the football fan."
Fun memories from football greats, and some fascinating insights into the politics of the Hall of Fame and football's evolution over the past 50 years, as compiled by McCullough (My Greatest Day in Golf, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >