Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

INSIDE THE SKY by William Langewiesche
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 8, 1998

"A realist who says he rejects early flier-author Antoine de Saint-Exupery's dreamy romanticism, Langewiesche is informative on aspects of the current commercial aviation scene, and his pared-down style conveys a refreshing humility and respect for flying. (Author tour)"
Atlantic Monthly foreign correspondent Langewiesche (Cutting for Sign, 1993; Sahara Unveiled, 1996), himself an experienced pilot, explores the pleasures and challenges of flight in seven essays that are alternately philosophical, personal, and journalistic. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 2, 1998

"Lopez ventures forth, hunts and gathers the sacred twinings of humanity and nature, and returns with stories as venerable as the best folktales. (Author tour)"
National Book Award winner Lopez (Field Notes, 1994, etc.) explores the vivid edges of the world, beyond intellection, where memory takes hold and guides: "It is memory that carries the place, that allows it to grow in depth and complexity." Read full book review >

SHIP OF GOLD IN THE DEEP BLUE SEA by Gary Kinder
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1998

The truly fascinating tale of the first successful deep-water ocean salvage operation is a tribute to good, old-fashioned American ingenuity and grit—with a big dose of Titanic-like adventure to boot. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1998

"His is a scheme worth a gamble. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Coren, author of the bestselling The Intelligence of Dogs, wants you to get the right dog and to cut back on the alarming human-dog divorce rate, and here he delivers the kind of goods a professional matchmaker would be proud of. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1998

"It may be an unanswerable question. (b&w photos) (Author tour)"
Terrible title, but a good adventure story mixed with meditations on the meaning of life and death and dying. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 25, 1998

"Those who ordinarily bike or walk to the local beach will find pleasure and novelty in The Beach, but they'd better look elsewhere for seashore recommendations."
A husband-and-wife team of popular-culture experts provides a lively celebration of the beach, "nature's most potent antidepressant." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 21, 1998

"Social history at its best. (b&w photos)"
In this extensively researched biography, historian and journalist Cuthbertson (Inside: The Biography of John Gunther, 1992) brings to life the inspired individualism of one of this century's least recognized and most interesting journalists, Emily Hahn. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 11, 1998

"Good dog, lovely book."
A love song to a departed golden retriever, keen and tender, from Vanderbilt (Fortune's Children, 1989). Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 4, 1998

"Readers will likely suspect the fluidness of it all, particularly under the trying circumstances."
Life is unraveling on golf writer Dodson—his much-loved father has died (written about poignantly in Final Rounds, 1996), now his wife wants a divorce'so to blow a little clean air through his spiritual fuel lines, he heads west on a camping/fishing trip with his daughter. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 4, 1998

"As Hess makes all too clear, shelters aren't slaughterhouses but sanctuaries, witness—protection programs for animals that are more refugees—from neglect or abuse or abandonment—than strays. (Author tour)"
A revelatory, smartly written account of the workings at an impressive animal shelter in New York State, from Village Voice art critic (and shelter volunteer) Hess. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 4, 1998

"'Walking is what we did,' Bryson states: 800-plus out of the 2,100-plus miles, and that good sliver is sheer comic travel entertainment."
The Appalachian Trail—from Springer Mountain, Ga., to Mount Katahdin, Me.—consists of some five million steps, and Bryson (Notes from a Small Island, 1996, etc.) seems to coax a laugh, and often an unexpectedly startling insight, out of each one he traverses. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 1998

"As an exercise in self-exploration, it isn't much; but, as a trip down a challenging river, it's quite good."
Hoping "to resolve the unresolvable questions of my life,— McCairen became the first woman since the 1950s to make a solo raft trip down the Grand Canyon, coursing the Colorado River from northern Arizona to Lake Mead in 25 days. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >