Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2000

"Carrier does a first-rate job of giving individuated life to the star-crossed crew of the Fantome, rendering this dark drama of duty and courage amidst nature's fury gripping but never exploitative."
Based on extensive interviews and on-site research, this well-executed, emotionally fraught disaster narrative examines the fates of several luckless groups—Honduras' beleaguered citizenry, the doomed crew of the steel-hulled schooner Fantome, and the ship's all-too-human corporate masters, Windjammer Cruises—during the devastating 1998 Category 5 Hurricane Mitch. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2000

"Readable and thought-provoking, if flawed by its underemphasis on the physical sciences."
An admirable attempt—the first in a series—to put some of the best new ideas in science into one volume. Read full book review >

THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2000 by Bill Bryson
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 26, 2000

"If it's Tuesday, this must be yet another annual volume to dip into at random."
The inaugural issue of an anthology of the year's best travel pieces. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 26, 2000

"A gripping testament to the quiet, obdurate inspiration of a Russian navigator who refused to die."
The first translation of a sparse, harrowing account (originally published in 1917 in Russia) of his trek across the frozen icecaps of the Arctic. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 16, 2000

"Full of provocative ideas, but ultimately fails to make its larger point."
A key event in the 18th century was the discovery of the prehuman past, in the form of fossils; here is a look at its impact on the thought of the era. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2000

"A brave glimpse beyond urban blight. (photos)"
Two urban-renewal experts assess what has and has not worked to resuscitate America's decaying inner cities. Read full book review >
UPSIDE DOWN by Eduardo Galeano
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2000

"Old-time agitprop from south of the border."
Galeano (The Memory of Fire Trilogy, etc.) has set to paper an astonishingly straight-faced indictment of yanqui capitalism that—for all its freshness and wit—could well have been freeze-dried at about the time of Che Guevara's assassination. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 2, 2000

"Every dog has his day: now he also has his own playful but serious scientific study."
A scientist tracks the evolutionary adaptation of the lone, endangered wolf into man's ubiquitous best friend. Read full book review >
SECRET PLACES by Tobias Schneebaum
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Despite an occasionally pedantic tone, Schneebaum tells an astonishing tale with exceptional verve and brio. (11 b&w photographs)"
The account of an extended walkabout in search of "people who would accept me, teach me how to live without a feeling of aloneness, teach me love and allow for my sexuality"—which Schneebaum (Where the Spirits Dwell, 1987) finds in New Guinea and, to a lesser extent, New York City. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A rural canvas of extremes—from hard-bitten bigots to the naïve, the sure of faith, and the latitudinarians—disentangled by the author with deft, probing strokes."
Talk about strangers in a strange land: Bloom's story of the heartland Lubavitcher meatpackers and the waves they caused to ripple across the rural Iowan landscape is an immediate, elegantly personal piece of reportage. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"An amusing diversion, good for your next long flight."
Cahill (Pass the Butterworms, 1997, etc.), the founding editor of Outside magazine, has culled these diverse and diverting pieces from books by Dave Barry, Bill Bryson, J.P. Donleavy, Mark Salzman, David Sedaris, and other travel-writers and editors. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"Holm mixes keen you-are-there observations with profound bits of homespun philosophizing, and never once does he sound a false note. The result is a pleasure for islomanes, and for anyone who appreciates good writing."
An expertly wrought memoir of journeys to islands real, metaphorical, and imagined. 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 >