Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2001

"A mostly cheerless account presenting a bleak view of the Dark Continent's present and future. (16 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
The anguished recollections of a former African big game hunter mourning the loss of his world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2001

"A rich feast of a book that celebrates the extraordinarily satisfying joys of making and keeping a garden."
A novice beguilingly describes making her first garden, understanding that this project involves as much learning about life as about digging a flowerbed. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 18, 2001

"A serious scientific work that succeeds in entertaining at the same time."
An engaging exploration of how culture effects evolution. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"Not enough style or humor to keep the pages turning: the author brings so many touristy preconceptions to the plate (one tires early on of descriptions of 'hanky-headed' olive growers and their quaint, local customs) that it is hard to see whether she fell in love with a country or an ideal."
Two English sisters play peasants in the Ligurian countryside in Italy: one describes their adventure here, clearly hoping to do for the tiny village of Diano San Pietro (and for herself), what Peter Mayle did for Provence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 17, 2001

"An exemplary blend of polemic and journalism, guaranteed to put you off your lunch."
A tale full of sound, fury, and popping grease. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2001

"Thrilling stuff, told with respect and humility for both people and place—and a justifiable sense of awe at the author's own accomplishment."
A young woman's quest for insight into the life of her adventurer father serves as a backdrop for this memoir from Ridgeway (The Shadow of Kilimanjaro, 1998, etc.), another man known to walk on the extreme side. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Written in a velvety professorial voice, these excellent vignettes of five exemplary travelers provide a steady pulse of context and critique, amply demonstrating how travel literature helped shape a national identity. (21 color illustrations)"
A deeply intelligent, chin-in-hand rumination on the nature of American travel-writing, or at least a selection thereof, from the Revolutionary War to the outbreak of WWI, by literary historian Ziff (Writing in the New Nation, not reviewed). Read full book review >
KILLING DRAGONS by Fergus Fleming
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"A fine job: Fleming makes it clear that the climbers climbed for many reasons, but almost always returned with good stories to tell."
A diverting, popular history of the first men and women who scrambled among the Alps, from Time-Life editor and novelist Fleming (Barrow's Boys, p. 322). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Overall, a readable but distinctly ancillary account."
A study of birds, beasts, fish, and plants that have undone a paradisiacal New World. Read full book review >
LATITUDE ZERO by Gianni Guadalupi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"For the armchair adventurer: history rendered as a libretto to the planet's grand opera."
A series of historical vignettes in exotic locales, skillfully woven together by Guadalupi (The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, not reviewed) and co-writer and translator Shugaar. Read full book review >
SLEEPING WITH CATS by Marge Piercy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"The personal and the political recollected with honesty and passion. (b&w photos throughout)"
From poet and novelist Piercy (Three Women, 1999, etc.), a beguilingly frank account of a fully engaged life, shared with cats. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2000

"A provocative thesis—but so slender that DeMott fleshes it out with examples and summaries that at times seem more superfluous than essential."
A distinguished social critic argues that advances in women's rights are threatened by pervasive cultural pressures to adopt the more noxious aspects of traditional masculine behavior—the "kickbutt culture." 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 >