Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

RACHEL CARSON by Linda Lear
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Call this biography definitive. (32 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A sweeping, analytic, first-class biography of Rachel Carson from Lear (Environmental History/George Washington Univ.). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"He has carved an important niche for himself as a nature writer."
Richly nuanced, well-mulled, enormously gratifying descriptions of chance encounters with wildlife from freelancer Childs (Stone Desert, not reviewed). Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Highly recommended for geographers and students of the American scene. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A large and varied sampler of essays by the late doyen of American cultural geography, who died in 1996. Read full book review >
THIS DEATH BY DROWNING by William Kloefkorn
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Water drenches these pages, written about in a style that both immerses and quenches."
An elegant, moving little book from the current state poet of Nebraska that reflects the author's fascination and intense personal involvement with waters big and small, from farm ponds to the South Pacific. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Masson may be an anecdotist, but he is also a graceful, powerful, informed writer. He knows how to keep our cogs turning."
Riding the wave generated by his bestselling When Elephants Weep (1995), Masson offers further clever musings on the emotional lives of animals, concentrating on that most fervent practitioner of interspecies devotion, Rover. Read full book review >

POLAR DANCE by Fred Bruemmer
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A handsome, eye-opening work."
The polar bear, the largest land carnivore, ranges over some five million miles of snow-covered northern land and frozen sea. Read full book review >
A FLY-FISHING LIFE by William G. Tapply
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"If fishing 'continues to shape and define'' him, it's made him into a dependable, interesting expert with a nasty backlash."
Fly-fishing writings from mystery novelist (Close to the Bone, 1996, etc.) and Field & Stream contributing editor Tapply that are his "way of exploring what all those hours on the water have meant.'' Read full book review >
TWO-GUN COHEN by Daniel S. Levy
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 26, 1997

"A diverting tale of the life and crimes of a unique Old China Hand, intertwined with the story of modern China. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Soon after the turn of the century a Jewish Cockney adventurer arrived in Canada, seeking his—or somebody's—fortune. Read full book review >
BOUNDARY WATERS by Paul Gruchow
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 22, 1997

"Should find an enthusiastic audience among naturalists with an interest in wild places, whether they've already explored the Boundary Waters or are simply content to accept Gruchow's version of it."
Meandering essays, some in journal form, on the author's experiences hiking, canoeing, and camping—alone and with friends and students—in the five-million-acre Minnesota-Ontario border ecosystem called the Boundary Waters. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO LISTENS TO HORSES by Monty Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Over and above everything, though, is Roberts's surpassing love for horses, captured here in his evocations of the horses he has trained over a career spanning four decades. (Author tour)"
The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Add Bowers to that embarrassment of riches."
Delicious, closely observed place vignettes of southeastern Arizona, from naturalist Bowers (A Full Life in a Small Place and Other Essays from a Desert Garden, 1995). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 12, 1997

"O'Connor's documentary of the same title will be released this year."
Portrait of a little-reported contemporary gold rush, awash in blood. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >