Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"With few exceptions, a modish, almost syrupy anthology with little intellectual stuff to recommend it. (Author tour)"
A trendy and jargon-laden celebration of contemporary feminist thought, edited by Ryan (A Grateful Heart, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
DRIVING TO DETROIT by Lesley Hazleton
Released: Oct. 2, 1998

"A car book that is about a lot more than cars."
Hazleton (automotive columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of, among other works, Confessions of a Fast Woman, 1992) takes us on a journey into "the heart, soul, and wallet of the enduring American obsession with the car." Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This book is another of those small, indispensable steps that shuffle toward knowledge."
Budiansky (The Nature of Horses, 1997, etc.) stakes out a middle ground between radical behavioralists and cognitive ethologists in this investigation into the workings of animal intelligence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching. (illustrations, not seen)"
Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic—these tales of paleontological field days and discoveries from Taquet, director of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, give a sharp taste of what spurred him to say yes to the question: "Do you take paleontology as your spouse and promise to serve her faithfully for the rest of your days?" Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Do you wonder why Kaufman doesn't just trade the thankless beasts for a Lab and get on with her life?"
Pug stories—really a lot of pug stories, from sublime to ridiculous—by Kaufman (This Damn House, 1996). Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The simple fact that horses have intruded upon our imaginations to such a vast extent suggests that our bond with the beast is more than merely practical, and Scanlan is an ideal guide to that secret world of connectedness, with its crazy and sublime turnings. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Scanlan (Riding High, not reviewed, etc.) asks, just what is horse fever, and why are so many held in its grip? Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Readers are advised to go fishing instead."
Bland fishing stories that artlessly dovetail into life lessons, from Quinnett (The Troubled People Book, 1982). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"These peeks at the wondrous parade of nature will open your eyes wide with surprise and delight and provide not a little ammunition to rumble those who would defile the beauty of the earth."
Wells (Zoology/Cambridge Univ.) knows how to write odd, charming, limpid natural history essays, as demonstrated in these vest-pocket introductions to some of the more peculiar denizens of the marine kingdom. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Davis's lovely, cubist, rich landscape portraits are also topographies of the spirit, conveying a sense of place, but perhaps even more, the music of place."
The wonders of the diversity of various cultures and their relationship to their landscape—from the high Arctic and the northern forests to the swamps of the Orinoco—are hunted, gathered, and honestly appreciated here by the peripatetic Davis (One River, 1996). Read full book review >
RATTLESNAKE by Manny Rubio
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A particularly handsome work of natural history."
Rubio, a photographer, provides some 250 color photographs of North American rattlesnakes, as well as a useful, succinct summary of what's known about rattlesnake evolution, anatomy, and behavior. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener."
Kincaid (My Brother: A Memoir, 1997, etc.) has assembled an impressively varied collection of essays by writers living and dead concentrating on the plants that hold a special, often almost mystical, attraction for them. Read full book review >
HUNTING FOR HOPE by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"But his amoral vision makes him a more cogent artist than teacher—except for die-hard Romantic readers."
A beautifully written tribute to natural beauty, addressed by a tree-hugging hippie dad to his Generation X son. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >