Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

PERSIAN MIRRORS by Elaine Sciolino
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Vivid reporting combines with perceptive insights in this fascinating venture behind the distorting mirrors. An important book."
A timely examination of the politics and culture of Iran, courtesy of New York Times correspondent Sciolino. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An intriguing and welcome addition to the historical literature of the period."
A revealing work of leftist revisionist history whose cast includes sailors, seamstresses, farmers, and a Founding Father or two. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"A dangerous work, capable of provoking readers into buying a frog farm."
Polished essays edged with a tinder-dry wit on eight subcultures, some more or less suspect, of the American South, from Discover editor Bilger. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 19, 2000

"Nevertheless, this is a highly accessible account of the evolution of cities, written clearly and with engaging insight. (16 pp. b&w illustrations)"
A respected scholar examines the problems of contemporary cities in a wide-ranging history of urban planning and architecture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 2, 2000

"Although the author's pursuit of so many tangential perspectives can be unwieldy, this is a solidly written, well detailed, and comprehensive book that will provide intellectual stimulation and armchair adrenaline to both eggheads and Perfect Storm jocks."
An antic yet foreboding look at hurricanes and at the scientists and daredevil flyers who pursue "hands on" study of them in order to better predict their occurence. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Despite the somewhat glib and frivolous title, a serious discourse on black male-female relations."
An exploration of the tense terrain of relations between black men and women. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A quiet treasure."
A vivid and affectionate memoir of the vanishing traditions of the Saltwater Geechee people living on Sapelo Island, off the coast of Georgia. Read full book review >
THIS CRAFT OF VERSE by Jorge Luis Borges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A fascinating journey that weaves together the familiar and the unfamiliar in literature to cast old questions in a new light and supplement our understanding of a complex literary mind."
An elegant and deftly woven five-part lecture series that uses philosophic, etymological, and personal inquiry to offer an erudite and coherent exposition on the power and limitations of language with regard to the crafting of poetry. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For all its earnestness and its academic trappings, this study will persuade few who are not already believers."
The anxieties of an academic outgroup form the subtext of this collection of 11 essays by UFO and abduction researchers from both inside and outside he academy. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF THE EARTH by Jonathan Bate
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An eccentric but worthwhile study."
An engaging, closely researched selection of poets whose mediating powers between humans and the natural world have helped restore our links to the earth. Read full book review >
PET PEEVES by George Plimpton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"For the pet-obsessed only."
This faintly amusing blend of Plimpton's ironic words and Koren's shaggy drawings purports to be a series of letters sent to a veterinarian who wrote a syndicated pet-advice column before his disappearance in 1998. Read full book review >
LOWER EAST SIDE MEMORIES by Hasia R. Diner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Admirably researched, this offers a perceptive revisionist analysis of American Jewry's most distinctive former address."
A provocative account of how the Lower East Side of New York became a mythical citation in the American Jewish narrative. 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 >