Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1999

"With flair, Price makes her point: For better or worse, from Lascaux to Marty Stouffer, our notions of 'nature' are often a self-serving, corrupting social construct that can be used to navigate an avoidance of societal and economic problems rather than highlighting them."
Piquant explorations of attitudes toward the "natural" world as mediated by the likes of Ralph and Martha and Hollywood, from essayist Price. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1999

"Readers, like vacationers, want some entertainment, too."
An interesting if somewhat academic social history of the American vacation that examines the tension between the American work ethic and the concept of leisure. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1999

"If he educates, it's as a broadly inquisitive and keen naturalist; that he amuses is not a point for debate. (63 b&w photos, 8 illustrations, not seen)"
Bondeson (A Cabinet of Medical Curiosities, 1997) is back with another mind-blowing collection of scientific anomalies and mysteries. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 26, 1999

"Just as Hubbell intended, readers leave these essays with nothing short of charity and friendship toward these little beasts, and a profound appreciation for Hubbell's artful introductions. (Author tour)"
Hubbell (Far Flung Hubbell: Essays from the American Road, 1995, etc.), fresh to her Maine coast home after 25 years in the Ozarks, goes exploring among the spineless and the no-necks. Read full book review >
GOD'S LAST OFFER by Ed Ayres
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 22, 1999

"Ayres's apocalyptic tone is at odds with his earlier cool scientific rationality, and it may cause some readers to dismiss his well-made glimpse into a difficult future as simply more doomsday-speak."
Carefully researched science journalism and alarmist polemic mingle in an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it treatise. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: April 19, 1999

"Like its subject, Rushby's book can loosen one's mooring to the everyday world, conveying the reader to darkened rooms high above ancient, exotic cities."
A superior travel narrative of the qat trail, its history and strange quirks, and very strange characters, from newcomer Rushby. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1999

"It is a well-worn path through a very public landscape that Foster travels, and he fails to jump the ruts."
Any way you slice Harvard University ecologist Foster's evolutionary portrait of the New England landscape—psychogeography, an archaeology of place, glimmerings of the swiftness of nature's transformations—his choice of subject thwarts him: whatever he has to say, it has been better said before Foster's point is clear and sensible: "Nature can only be understood through an awareness of its history," and if we are to appreciate, conserve, and manage ecosystems, we must know that history. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1999

"At its worst, it's like being stuck on a long camping trip with Shirley MacLaine."
This tale of teenagers struggling to remake their lives in the wilds of southern Utah manages to be both deeply lyrical and seriously sappy. Read full book review >
COUGAR! by Harold P. Danz
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1999

"This is an admirable synthesis and summary of cougar knowledge. (photos, not seen)"
paper 0-8040-1015-3 Note your place in the food chain, suggests former Park Service officer Danz. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1999

SHADOW CATEncountering the American Mountain LionEwing, Susan & Elizabeth Grossman—Eds. Read full book review >
MY SECRET FISHING LIFE by Nick Lyons
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1999

"The thought of it is outrageous—the world needs more, not less, of so generous a soul."
Broadsides from the fishing stream, with the appealing qualities of both an informal chat and a polished etude, from Lyons (A Flyfisher's World, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1999

"Though they try hard for journalistic objectivity, it's clear where the authors' sympathies lie as they chart different courses that can reduce the human contribution to extinction."
Intelligently affecting stories of animals reduced to rarity, what leads to their predicament, and the people and ideas working to ward off extinction. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >