Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

GHOST by Katherine Ramsland
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"For believers only—neo-Goths and occult enthusiasts will enjoy this latest midnight mission."
One woman's experiences spirit-hunting across the dark terrain of contemporary America. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"As entertaining as a three-ring circus, and as scholarly as any intellectually curious lay reader would wish for. (Line drawings by the author)"
More lucid science writing from Ellis (Imaging Atlantis, 1998, etc.), who this time cuts a broad swath through the history of marine animals. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

"An 11,000-year narrative of a great city, dense with detail and a specific cultural gravity as weighty, and as mutable, as quicksilver. (Illustrations throughout)"
Cantwell (Anthropology/Rutgers Univ.) and Wall (Anthropology/City College of New York) pleasingly convey the palpable sense of orientation that archaeology—in this case, New York City's—can give "to reach a deeper understanding of the human predicament." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 26, 2001

"A finely drawn chronicle of fieldwork, with an appealing moral edge: '. . . a plea for conservation, and the basic research that made it possible, that anyone can understand.'"
An intriguing story of time spent with the field scientists of Panama's Barro Colorado Island, from magazine journalist Royte. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2001

"It is heart-gladdening to know that someone of Williams's passionate conviction and transporting prose is striving to protect the redrock."
From naturalist Williams (An Unspoken Hunger, 1994, etc.), a powerful and lyrical collection ranging from sudden pieces of fiction and hip-shooting creative nonfictions to manifestos and eroticism, all taking their cues from the American Southwestern deserts. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 18, 2001

"But as a chronicle of life in a lonely and difficult place, O'Brien's story is timeless—and entirely welcome."
A literate memoir from out where the buffalo roam. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 13, 2001

"An appalling story of industry abuse and regulatory stupidity (and that's the generous reading)."
Have some lead with your french fries? Seattle Times reporter Wilson delivers a crackerjack investigative report on the toxic wastes in the fertilizer that helps grow the food on your table. Read full book review >
THE BEAR’S EMBRACE by Patricia Van Tighem
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"An unsparing chronicle of fear and suffering and the hard-won courage that beat it all."
A bestseller in Canada, this graphic account by the survivor of a grizzly-bear attack movingly details her long road to recovery as she describes the disfigurement, emotional trauma, and strains on her marriage caused by the accident. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 11, 2001

"A well-written and cohesive treatment of the fundamentals of genetics, as revealed through its favorite experimental subject."
How genetics, with the help of the humble fruit fly, moved into the forefront of modern science. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2001

"A good balance of laugh-out-loud and tear-jerking recollections: Gethers makes Norton immortal, delivering an affecting narrative that belongs on the bookshelf of all cat-fanciers."
Famed feline Norton, the Scottish Fold, who enchanted readers in The Cat Who Went to Paris (1991) and A Cat Abroad (1993), makes his final appearance here, in a highly engaging collection of anecdotes, which Gethers weaves into a heart-wrenching tale of love and loss. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 4, 2001

"An elegant sense of place, an emotive story of great vulnerability, and a wonderful gift from mother to daughter."
An intimate, everyday portrait of a river city in China, where Prager (Eve's Tattoo, 1991, etc.) adopted her daughter and later returned with her to gather impressions and information before the place underwent the tides of change. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Stew and Chuck are classics: Their fortunes rise and fall, they end their friendship and start it up again, their families fall apart—but they never waver in their infatuation with crystallized carbon. (maps)"
A picaresque story of diamond-hunting in the Barrens of the Canadian Arctic, liberally fleshed out with the global history of diamonds. 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 >