Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Experiences such as these rambles, investigations, and broodings are what make up a life, estimable and visited by a curiosity that keeps it fresh and in wonder."
Elegantly distilled experiences in wild places—mostly desert, though Rome figures here, as does Kamchatka and the Burren and other places—that have moved McNamee's soul. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A fine portrait of Madagascar's singular culture and biodiversity, its great beauty and dire straits."
By turns thoughtful and vivacious, science writer and Nova producer Tyson draws an anecdotally rich portrait of the biological wonderland known as Madagascar. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"Ambitious pop-cult criticism that fails because of its single-mindedness and humorlessness."
A book-length essay about the recent resurgence of swing dancing and the supposed implications of its renaissance. Read full book review >
MIRIAM’S SONG by Miriam Mathabane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A moving story of a survivor, but Miriam herself often seems more a reporter recalling an eventful past than a reflective memoirist."
From the South African-born Mathabane (Kaffir Boy, 1986; African Women, 1994, etc.) comes this unsparingly graphic account of his sister's growing up in the last days of apartheid—when violence turned black townships into killing fields and schooling ceased as young Comrades insisted on liberation before education. Read full book review >
MADUMO by Adam Ashforth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2000

"A persuasive and interesting account that gets lost in the drawn-out and diffused story of an unorthodox healing."
From an Australian academic now US-based, a discursive and languidly paced account of an alleged bewitching in Soweto, South Africa, that suggests wider political and psychological significance. Read full book review >

FRESH AIR FIEND by Paul Theroux
NON-FICTION
Released: May 8, 2000

"A feast for both Theroux aficionados and those lucky enough to experience his distinctive world-view and evocative prose for the first time. (Author tour)"
The prolific Theroux (Sir Vidia's Shadow, 1998, etc.) gives full vent to his wanderlust in this virtuoso collection of travel essays, all but one of which were written after his prior aggregation, Sunrise With Seamonsters (1984). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2000

"A gripping chronicle of an epic voyage of hardship and survival that deserves to be as well known now as it once was. (16 pages b&w illustrations) (First serial rights to Vanity Fair; author tour)"
A vivid account of a 19th-century maritime disaster that engaged the popular imagination of the time with its horrors of castaways and cannibalism. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2000

"Friendly teasing of the mandarins of the Information Age—infectiously funny, but seldom getting under the skin or drawing blood. (First serial to Newsweek)"
A lighthearted morphology that traces the evolution, mating rituals, and nervous system of a new group of social animals: the bourgeois bohemians ("Bobos") who arose from the affluent educated class and reconciled the counterculture values of the 1960s to the entrepreneurial energies of the 1980s. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"For the most part, a tight and cruising historical narrative—a rich tale for so small a piece of property. (drawings, photos, maps, not seen)"
A fine, if at times over-focused, portrait of Massachusetts' famed Cape and the islands that surround it, from travel writer and naturalist Schneider (The Adirondacks, 1997). Read full book review >
WATER FOR GOTHAM by Gerard T. Koeppel
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"While excessively detailed and sometimes hard going, Koeppel's study should be read by all students of New York City and all those who are caught by its spell."
Journalist-turned-historian Koeppel tells the story of how the nation's premier city built the water-delivery system that enabled it to grow to world eminence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Not a major work, perhaps, but if a minor one, then well done. (color illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
The travel memoir of a professional woman on a Grand Tour. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2000

"Although the ``Blind Fondle'' contest and other aspects of the Lifestyle might not appeal to everyone, Gould humanizes a marginalized community and demonstrates that sexual expression does not automatically equate with deviance."
Almost everything you wanted to know about swinging sex, but were afraid to ask. 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 >