Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 199)

DOG LOVE by Marjorie Garber
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A dog's life never seemed such a fair prospect. (b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
Dogs are not only our best chance of finding unconditional love, suggests Garber (Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Erotocism of Everyday Life, 1995) in this wry, literate study of dogs in human culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Bingham's is a rare and beautifully written account of hard lives in hard times, and must reading for those interested in the future of the American West. (Author tour)"
An unsettling report on the decline of agriculture in the dry margins of the American West. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"As a guide for those desiring specifics rather than slogans, however, it is considerably less useful."
California state senator and former radical activist Hayden's (Reunion, 1988, etc.) prescription for our environmental malaise calls for a reinfusion of the spiritual to heal the divide between humans and the natural world. Read full book review >
THE LATE ROMAN ARMY by Pat Southern
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

This guide to the declining centuries of the Roman military is handy for scholars but sometimes rough going for the general reader. Read full book review >
LIGHT YEARS by Le Anne Schreiber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 14, 1996

"Only a tough customer could survive this emotional milling; only a fine talent could write about it so potently."
Soulful, elegant memoirs from Schreiber (Midstream, 1990) that are everywhere touched by death. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 1996

"Call them Indiana Einsteins, and call us fortunate to have Maslow to tell their stories. (photos, not seen)"
Fourteen explorers of the American tropics, mostly naturalists, are profiled with brio and obvious affection by Maslow (Torrid Zone, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1996

"From the swarm of particulars emerges a curious soul—hard traveler, hack for Empire, cosmopolite, iconoclast, anti-suffragist—a complex, absorbing character, long overdue for study. (30 b&w photos, 4 maps, not seen)"
The life of Gertrude Bell (18681926)—bluestocking, Oxfordian, orientalist—told in mind-addling detail by Wallach (coauthor, The New Palestinians, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Gould fans will be charmed at the cogency and cleverness of his arguments—but expect a wall of opposition from pious and diehard progressivists. (50 illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Now hear this: Evolution is not progressive. Read full book review >
THE BURIAL BROTHERS by Simon Mayle
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A grade B movie on wheels, indelicate and noir. (Author tour- -with hearse)"
A darkly entertaining, raunchy road trip—New York City to Brazil—by hearse, from newcomer Mayle. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"Although Davis might have been better advised to scale down, this is an exceptional tale of 20th-century scientific exploration and a rousing travelogue to places both real and illusory. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
A fascinating narrative of the exploits of Harvard ethnobotanist Richard Evans Schultes, interwoven with the much more benign adventure of his student, author and ethnobotanist Davis (The Serpent and the Rainbow, 1986). Read full book review >
IN SEARCH OF NATURE by Edward O. Wilson
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"For the rest, really only a reprise."
A dozen essays on familiar Wilson themes: social species, biodiversity, sociobiology, along with personal reflections and thoughts for the future. Read full book review >
DINOSAURS OF THE FLAMING CLIFFS by Michael Novacek
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"A fine treatment for the general reader and a treasure trove for dinosaur buffs. (30 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
Field paleontology in Mongolia's Gobi Desert is at once the most difficult and the most rewarding of scientific endeavors; here's a firsthand account by the leader of a major expedition. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >