Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A textbook case of how not to manage an environmental disaster. (5 line drawings, 7 maps)"
One man's struggle to rid the Mediterranean of invading algae that have now spread from France to the coasts of Spain, Italy, and even Croatia. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 20, 1999

"Quinn is the sociological equivalent of Ross Perot—all vision and anecdote, with neither depth of thought nor workable solutions. (Author tour)"
A cultish recipe for the salvation of the human race, which is being poisoned by the "genetic" structure of its own civilization. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"Sheldrake is a pleasure not just because he roams way beyond the mechanistic theory of nature, but because he appreciates worthy new questions as well as answers, one such being the time-honored 'Why?' (b&w photos and drawings, not seen)"
An open-minded inquiry into animals' precognitive capabilities from Sheldrake (Seven Experiments That Could Change the World, 1995), attentive to the evidence and thoroughly investigative, conducted in the belief that science can be fun and rigorous, inquisitive as well as skeptical. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 6, 1999

"For the open-minded, however, this is a breathtaking feat of scholarship that will have enduring value as an encyclopedic source of hard data and inspired speculation. (Photos, not seen)"
An extraordinary body of scholarship that is as much a social and psychological history of women as child-bearers—and more—as a review of male and female biology and behavior across many species, particularly kindred primates. Read full book review >
GERALD DURRELL by Douglas Botting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"The result is a solid, engaging biography that will appeal to Durrell's admirers—and perhaps, with good cause, earn him a few more. (24 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A portly, respectful biography of the late British conservationist, author, and raconteur. Read full book review >

THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF JOHN NICOL, MARINER by John Nicol
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"This memoir has seen two printings in Great Britain, one in 1822 and another in 1937, and it appears here now for the first time, the lucky find of treasure hunters who discovered a gem worth far more than its weight in gold doubloons."
The unaffected remembrances of an 18th-century mariner, eerie in their ability to make readers feel contiguous with the events, edited by Flannery (Throwim Way Leg, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Add this book to the ballast. (photos, not seen)"
A ham-handed account of what had all the ingredients to be a gripping adventure tale—Sweden to Kathmandu by bicycle, trek to Everest, climb, return by same route—from Kropp, the second person to ever reach the summit of K2 without supplemental oxygen, assisted by Swedish freelance journalist Lagercrantz. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"For the most part, an engagingly honest and keenly observed essay, flawed by its dribbling-away ending."
Acclaimed novelist Nova (The Universal Donor, 1997, etc.) turns his writerly eye to his other great passion, fly-fishing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"But that commitment doesn't pay, it costs, and profits—not ethics—drive the zoo business. (8 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
You wouldn't want to be a member of the captive-bred wildlife population in this country, even in a zoo. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A polished, subjective gathering of detestables; every reader should be able to find one evil customer to abominate. (line drawings)"
Lembke's (Shake Them ‘Simmons Down, 1996) rogues" gallery of hateful creatures—from fruit flies to sandburs—considered in their biological, mythological, literary, and aesthetic aspects to bevel our fear and loathing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Readers may dicker over whether Leopold's agronomy needs updating, but his environmental vision is as timeless now as it was ahead of the curve when he wrote it down. (Illus., not seen)"
A salubrious broadside of environmental essays, full of dignity and plain-spoken ethics, and a good number seen here for the first time, from conservationist icon Leopold. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and witty little volume whose readership should extend beyond the fly-fishing purist."
An unlikely match of subject, author, and series (this is a volume in the Library of Contemporary Thought) puts art critic and historian Hughes (American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America, 1997, etc.) at the other end of a fishing pole. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >