Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

SPOOK by Dave Henderson
Released: Aug. 1, 1995

"A treasurethe next best thing to a day afield for longtime hunters or newcomers to the sport."
A charming paean to the sport of bird hunting by one of the elder statesmen of the wing-shooting press. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 1995

"Slow but important reading for people who thought the Columbia River system just meant Bonneville or Grand Coulee Dam and who assumed that the government could set nature right by quick fixes."
Historian Peterson joins a growing list of writers criticizing the damming of the Columbia River system at the expense of the migrating salmon population. Read full book review >

Released: July 27, 1995

"Best of all, he loves a good mystery and is smart enough, open and radical enough, to never say never. (Author tour)"
Fast claiming his place as one of the country's finest natural history writers, Pyle (Thunder Tree, 1993) takes to the hills in search of Bigfoot in this absorbing, classily written field report. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1995

"One tough journey, luminously remembered, pulled off with a combination of flair, grit, and good humor. (16 pages b&w photos, 5 maps, 25 drawings, not seen) (Author tour)"
Preston, who followed in Coronado's footsteps in Cities of Gold (1992), feels the itch for another rigorous, horse-borne journey—this time through the sere lands of Navajo reservation— and returns with pungent descriptions and curious encounters. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 1995

"Angier is a perfect example."
A hymn in praise of all things great and small, from elephants to cockroaches, dolphins to beetles, by Meistersinger Angier (Natural Obsession: The Search for the Oncogene, 1988). Read full book review >

Released: June 9, 1995

"Despite these problems, a highly enjoyable and thoughtful introduction to the subject. (First printing of 50,000; Book-of- the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections)"
An engrossing work on unearthly visitors, written for the nonbeliever. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1995

"He has written his book more for that select few than for the general public."
A strange report, neither scholarly paper nor accessible popular science, about a single species of dinosaur found in peculiar abundance in northern New Mexico. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"This captivating effort just might get geography out of the doghouse and back into the classroom. (maps and illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A chatty, broad-ranging introduction to a discipline popularly viewed as all ports and pig iron, from the geography editor of Good Morning America. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"The reader must care about the Hays family to be interested in this cross between a rite of passage and a sea passage, but the voyagers deserve accolades for this hazardous journey."
In an account combining elements of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and a sensitivity training group, a father and son courageously voyage around the tip of South America, challenging the elements, their sailing prowess, and their capacity to get along. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"And if the house wins in this instance, Raeburn provocatively concludes, the result will be starvation."
A well-reasoned, timely call for American agriculture to recognize that putting eggs in a single basket can lead to disaster. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"A joy for lovers of Byzantium, travel, and the English language. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The vestigial glories of Byzantium and its world return to life in this superbly written travelogue by poet Ash (The Burnt Pages, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

Should animals have specific legal rights? Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >