Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

HEART OF HOME by Ted Kerasote
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

Kerasote's acclaimed Bloodties (1993) contrasted trophy and subsistence hunting; these essays stake out a middle ground between those poles, posing hard questions about the ethics of hunting and fishing practiced by America's ``recreational'' outdoorsmen. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"What might have been a story of mountain savvy, courage, and luck turns into an embarrassment of clichÇs. (photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection; author tour)"
A storm-of-the-decade, bashing the slopes of Denali, holds climbing enthusiast Kocour ``hostage to the dark side of mountaineering''—and she holds readers hostage to the dark side of outdoors writing. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Now that gold is the master, the ancient rhythms receding, Manning hopes that nature won't become a bit of history along the Big Blackfoot."
The Blackfoot River is in trouble, and its woes are described with anger and clarity by Manning (Grassland, 1995, etc.) in this elegiac account. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1998

"Ocean''—and, thanks to the author's down-to-earth style, a pleasure to read."
A fact-finding tour of troubled waters. Read full book review >
NAFANUA by Paul Alan Cox
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 4, 1997

"A lively, useful work."
Cox (Botany/Brigham Young Univ.) details the tribulations of protecting a small patch of unique forest in this story of his field days in Western Samoa. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 1, 1997

"The only thing that blows harder than a high Tibetan wind is Peissel himself. (8 pages color photos, not seen)"
Potentially fascinating rambles in remote Tibet are trashed by Peissel's (The Secret War in Tibet, 1973, etc.) chest-thumping and gratuitous opining. Read full book review >
NATURE WARS by Mark L. Winston
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 20, 1997

"Like a new Rachel Carson for the new millennium, Winston delivers a nontoxic dose of much-needed common sense."
Call it a long shot, a miracle even, but Winston (The Biology of the Honey Bee, not reviewed) manages to shape the art and science of pest management into a fascinating subject. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 1997

"Such a pall of anger and defensiveness hangs over Boukreev's account that only those with a personal interest in his reputation will find much solace in his story."
Mountain guide Boukreev tells his version of the events of the May 1996 Mt. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Though she'll go to almost any length to muscle out a story, Maxwell writes with refreshingly little machismo."
A wryly told, delightful mÇlange of footloose chronicles by a sometimes anxious wanderer. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Amory's simple point—that our treatment of animals should be governed by the rules of common decency and respect—is stated convincingly, with brio and great dignity. (16 pages photos, not seen) (Author tour; TV satellite tour)"
Cruelty is disgusting, and Amory (The Best Cat Ever, 1993, etc.) paints it just so in this story of the haven he helped create for animals suffering from every rank and radius of human abuse. Read full book review >
THE CULTURE OF HABITAT by Gary Paul Nabhan
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Nonetheless, the themes touched on are certain to be of interest to those readers concerned about environmental issues, especially worldwide biodiversity and its conservation."
Essays on plants, animals, wild places, and human interactions with them all. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Wood has thoughtfully recreated one of ancient history's most fascinating periods. (56 color, 56 b&w illustrations)"
British historian Wood (The Magician's Doubts, 1995, etc.) absorbingly recreates Alexander the Great's epic conquests, in a tie-in to a series to air on PBS in early 1998. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >