The Babe in Boyland There's more to the quasi-memoir The Babe in Boyland than the nation's No. 1 syndicated sports-radio talk-show host The Fabulous Sports Babe (with Neal Karlen)… The Babe in Boyland There's more to the quasi-memoir The Babe in Boyland than the nation's No. 1 syndicated sports-radio talk-show host The Fabulous Sports Babe (with Neal Karlen)… Memoir Nonfiction Regan Books
Book Review

Book Review: 'The Babe in Boyland' (1996)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Writers: The Fabulous Sports Babe, Neal Karlen; Genres: Memoir, Nonfiction; Publisher: Regan Books

There's more to the quasi-memoir The Babe in Boyland than the nation's No. 1 syndicated sports-radio talk-show host The Fabulous Sports Babe (with Neal Karlen) telling various segments of the population to ''bl-- me,'' although there's plenty of that, too. This is loudmouth literature, but the Babe, Nanci Donnellan, comes by it honestly — she's paid her dues in plenty of locker rooms. It's tough not to be captivated by her humor (she calls her on-air sound effect of a pipe cracking a knee a ''Gillooly'' after Tonya Harding's ex), her spirit (she's survived myriad firings and she's a Red Sox fan), and her honesty about things that get her ''underwear in a bunch'' (Pete Rose, O.J., the ignorance of her callers). I wish there were more personal moments, like her recollection of hiding out in a Catholic school bathroom so that she could listen to every pitch of the World Series. But even so, the Babe delivers. A-

Originally posted Nov 15, 1996 Published in issue #353 Nov 15, 1996 Order article reprints