Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

Released: June 1, 1995

"And if the house wins in this instance, Raeburn provocatively concludes, the result will be starvation."
A well-reasoned, timely call for American agriculture to recognize that putting eggs in a single basket can lead to disaster. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"A joy for lovers of Byzantium, travel, and the English language. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The vestigial glories of Byzantium and its world return to life in this superbly written travelogue by poet Ash (The Burnt Pages, not reviewed). Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1995

Should animals have specific legal rights? Read full book review >
THE EAGLE AND THE ROSE by Rosemary Altea
Released: May 19, 1995

"The author's simplicity and patent sincerity will warm the hearts of readers who reserve judgment on Spiritualist phenomena. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
A moving account by renowned English medium Altea of her life, her preternatural gifts, and the meaning that she sees in these for herself and others. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 1995

"Like a well-tended, personal, and slightly eccentric garden, this collection is stronger on small, individual delights than overall formal design. (15 drawings, not seen)"
New York Times garden columnist Raver collects some of her observations on ``noticing things'' and ``the joy of obsession.'' Fortunately, she returns periodically to the subject of gardening; In fact, some of her most engaging pieces are the ones that entertain while they offer practical information to the green- thumb set. Read full book review >

Released: May 12, 1995

"But when he hears of one apparently meditating on a colorful sunset, he's ready to give the brute the benefit of the doubt. (First serial to Cosmopolitan and New Age Journal; Book-of-the- Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; author tour)"
Who says that wolves show no compassion, that ants are clueless when it comes to rage, that crows don't enjoy a good wheeze—in short, that animals other than humans don't have emotions—demands Masson (My Father's Guru, 1992, etc.) in this entertaining, if undefinitive, collection of soulful animal tales. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 1995

"But in the end there are too many asides here, and too little matter. (maps, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
An earnest, sometimes overwrought, and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to link the famed Lewis and Clark expedition to modern environmentalist thought. Read full book review >
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES by Peter Steinhart
Released: May 2, 1995

"A well-balanced and highly informative report on the long and continuing scientific, economic, and politically charged debate."
As befits the elusive nature of Canis lupus, more questions are raised than answered in this absorbing and thorough discussion of a much studied but poorly understood and unfairly maligned predator Steinhart, who has been a columnist for Audubon magazine, consults with North American wildlife biologists, park rangers, ranchers, trappers, hunters, and even private wolf owners, eliciting a multiplicity of responses to a wide range of issues. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"The clear south polar light, working its magic on Green's science writing, should have revealed to him that it was not his destiny to be bard of the crystal desert."
In this sturdy if at times tortured field report cum memoir of a geochemical visit to a series of ice-covered lakes in Antarctica, Green takes measure not just of calcium, phosphate, and magnesium, but of his life and the mystery of nature as well. Read full book review >
LAST OF THE FREE by Gareth Patterson
Released: May 1, 1995

"Through it all emerges a character deeply in love with his charges, someone whose passion may well ensure that they are not the last of the free great predators. (color photos)"
A rough-hewn, campfireside tale from Patterson (The Lions' Legacy, not reviewed) about his days with three orphaned lion cubs and his efforts to return them to the African wild. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"Wonderfully rich and detailed, filled with vignettes, a lovely blend of science and memoir. (41 b&w photos, not seen)"
A leisurely, folksy account of Serengeti days spent communing with horned ungulates. Read full book review >
A GARDEN STORY by Leon Whiteson
Released: May 1, 1995

"One of those rare books about gardening that encourage rather than intimidate."
Los Angelesbased architecture critic and novelist Whiteson (White Snake, 1982) elegantly turns the transformation of his backyard into metaphor and memoir, seamlessly enhanced by his newly acquired gardening lore. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >