Entertainment & Sports Book Reviews (page 37)

THEM by Francine du Plessix Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2005

"Famous names and juicy stories, served up with literary elegance."
Distinguished journalist, novelist and biographer du Plessix Gray (Simone Weil, 2001, etc.) turns her descriptive and analytic powers to the legendary lives of her glamorous, Russian-born mother and stepfather. Read full book review >
GUITAR by Tim Brookes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"An intelligent work with the quality of a sonorous voice drifting from a radio. (NPR, in fact, will be airing six of his guitar segments to coincide with the book's publication.)"
With a storyteller's—and a guitarist's—sense of pitch and timing, NPR commentator/essayist Brookes (A Hell of a Place to Lose a Cow, 2000, etc.) delivers both a cultural history of the guitar and a chronicle of the intricate process that went into the construction of his own dream instrument. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2005

"Eyman marshals thousands of facts, and dozens of opinions, with brio, wit and authority to create a monument worthy of the greatest studio head of them all. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Acclaimed Hollywood biographer Eyman (Print the Legend: The Life and Times of John Ford, 1999, etc.) tackles his most ambitious subject: the mogul of moguls who ran MGM. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 1, 2005

"A sports book worth talking about, and a moving portrait of a great athlete and his era."
A lively study of the life and times of basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain, "the twentieth century's greatest pure athlete," focusing on an extraordinary night. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 12, 2005

"A dark and twisted world, fully realized. Don't be surprised if it runs to bestsellerdom. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
A federal agent earns his colors with the Mongol motorcycle gang while working undercover. Read full book review >

CUBS NATION by Gene Wojciechowski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2005

"A wide-screen feast for Cubs fans and a quick-witted standard for sportswriters."
From sportswriter Wojciechowski (ESPN: The Magazine), the story of a year spent with Wrigley Field as home base, with trips radiating out into the surrounding neighborhoods (and to away ballparks). Read full book review >
GUYS, DOLLS, AND CURVEBALLS by Jim Reisler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 5, 2005

"A first-class anthology. Fans know that Runyon hit almost every word he wrote straight out of the park, and those new to his work are in for a treat as well."
Just in time for the new season: a collection of hitherto scattered baseball pieces by the legendary newspaperman and writer. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >