Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

RIVER OF THE WEST by Robert Clark
Released: May 1, 1995

"Told mainly through intimate glimpses into the past, this is a valuable addition to the body of works on the Columbia River region."
An original and vibrant account of the Columbia River's hold on the imagination of individuals and cultures, Native American and European, who settled and explored its banks and imbued it with their disparate spiritual and material values. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 1995

"At points a bit redundant and overly ironic, but generally informative and immediate in its impact."
An environmentally minded trailblazer hikes the entire California coastline, tossing out barbs against corporations, developers, and government agencies as frequently as he pushes aside recalcitrant manzanita bush and dodges poison oak. Read full book review >

Released: April 24, 1995

"Wearing his erudition lightly, Schama effortlessly juggles a landslide of material and presents his tale with the captivating, inviting intimacy of a gifted storyteller."
With this fascinating, encyclopedic survey of cultural landscapes, Schama (Dead Certainties, 1991, etc.) demonstrates once again just why he holds a charmed place in the literature of historical interpretation. Read full book review >
SEA CHANGE by Sylvia A. Earle
Released: April 19, 1995

"An urgent message, beautifully delivered. (32 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A riveting portrait, both chilling and inspiring, of our largest and most crucial natural resource. Read full book review >
NORTHWEST PASSAGE by William Dietrich
Released: April 1, 1995

"A must-read for anyone interested in the interplay of technology, nature, and human ambition."
An absorbing and pointed account of the taming of Washington's Columbia River and the consequences—both beneficial and disastrous—on the economy, the inhabitants, and the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Read full book review >

A MOMENT ON THE EARTH by Gregg Easterbrook
Released: April 1, 1995

"Easterbrook's sensible, infectious glad tidings are a balm to our environmental concerns, but he needs more editorial red ink, and he needs to remember that all movements must shower some sparks if they hope to start a prairie fire and fan it to keep it going."
Nature is not the wimp that environmentalists would have us suppose, and hysterics regarding the state of the planet will only undercut the advances made over the last 25 years, claims Easterbrook in a voluminous study marred by contradictory moments and petty jibes. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"Whether his methods have been more help or hindrance to his cause is still to be decided. (Author tour)"
A provocative and controversial conservationist encapsulates his opinions and suggestions for restoring the health of a planet at risk. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1995

"A noteworthy, entertaining collection."
Fly fisherwomen are increasingly ``claiming their stretch of the river,'' states Morris (Uncommon Waters, 1991), who claims space on the sportsman's (sic) shelf for high-quality, knowledgeable work by women. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 1995

"Darting, fresh, sensuous, pleasingly elliptical at times, these letters also serve to tether the increasingly deified Carson firmly to earth — just where she'd want to be."
A profusion of artful letters, the greater part from the mellifluous pen of Carson, detailing everyday life while writing The Edge of the Sea and Silent Spring. Read full book review >
Released: March 14, 1995

"Blocksma contributes mightily to our understanding of a vital section of the continent."
A definitive guide and then some to what seems to be every mile of the more than 5,000 traveled by Blocksma (Naming Nature, not reviewed) along the US side of the Great Lakes. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1995

"Despite a few slow stretches, good reading for the armchair adventurer and a guarantee of some vicarious thrills. (7 maps, 12 drawings)"
A middle-age canoeist braves the hazards of boulders, bears, and barges in this narration, which occasionally hits snags, of a 1,200-mile solo voyage on the mighty river. Read full book review >
SASHA'S TAIL by Jacqueline Damian
Released: March 1, 1995

"A philosophical but lively and absorbing look at the lifestyles of the domesticated house cat. (illustrations, not seen)"
While many of the cat topics explored here are familiar, journalist Damian brings a sharp perspective and supple prose to the many mysteries of feline behavior. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >