Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Gardeners need not fear a sprinkerless future; as Christopher points out, xeriscaping by no means equals zero-scaping. (Twenty- four pp. of color photographs—not seen.)"
Let there be drought, proclaims Christopher (In Search of Lost Roses, 1989); let your garden bloom. Read full book review >
THE OUTER REACHES OF LIFE by John Postgate
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"Lifts your head out of the muddle."
Diversities of life among the microbes make up 18 generally lively essays by Postgate that—for the general reader—waver on the edge of opacity. Read full book review >

SEEDS OF CHANGE by Kenny Ausubel
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 1994

"The writing is overwrought, the tone self-righteous, and much of the content self-serving—yet this offers information too important for readers to let these, and other irritations, stand in their way. (Twelve b&w and 60 color photographs—not seen)"
The critically important—and interesting—story of the threat to earth's biodiversity and how this endangers us all, told by the founder of Seeds of Change, the country's leading organic seed producer. Read full book review >
THE CAT WHO HAD TWO LIVES by Sally Huxley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 1994

"Touching, funny, and generally appealing, especially for those with a soft spot for strays. (Photographs—not seen)"
How—shortly after freelance writer Huxley and her husband buy a country house in bucolic New Hope, Pennsylvania—a scruffy, half- starved white-and-black cat collapses onto their porch and wins over their hearts. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 15, 1994

"A remarkable look—consistently observant, thoughtful, and frank—by a remarkable American family at a turbulent time in African history: Pioneer writing at its best. (Photos)"
A poignant and candid account of pioneering in the dying days of the African frontier, by members of an American family, including its head, legendary war hero and adventurer Frederick Russell Burnham (author of the noted memoirs Scouting on Two Continents). Read full book review >

ANIMAL HAPPINESS by Vicki Hearne
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 12, 1994

"All happiness is animal happiness,'' says Hearne—including, then, the reader happiness produced by this smart, passionate, and challenging work."
The cat publishing craze may be going to the dogs: Elizabeth Marshall Thomas's The Hidden Life of Dogs is a bestseller, while a grinning canine recently graced the cover of Newsweek. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"Small, upbeat, evanescent pieces: good reading on that next Everest expedition."
Fourteen essays—most previously published in Outside and other magazines—by a world traveler and adventurer. Read full book review >
THE AMAZONIAN CHRONICLES by Jacques Meunier
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 1994

"As lush and deadly as the Amazon it maps."
A hyperbolic paean to the Amazon rain forest: said to be a 1991 French bestseller. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 17, 1993

"A wide-ranging sampling of cases and actors, though the bits and pieces don't add up to any coherent overview of the environmental movement. (Photographs)"
A collage of verbal snapshots of environmental disasters, battles, activists, and trends—from the 1969 Santa Barbara offshore oil-drilling explosion to the 1992 celebration in Wallace, Louisiana, of victory over an environmentally threatening chemical company. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"Not the major history of this era that still begs to be written; still, a useful, informative addition to Antarcticana. (Four maps, two b&w photographs)"
A slender history of the first years of organized Antarctic exploration. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 1, 1993

"A feisty travelogue informed by admiration for diverse countries and cultures past—but marred by poorly chosen language and a gallery of shallow and vulgar characters."
Miss Manners rewrites a gay Baedeker in a sometimes amusing, sometimes offensive, mix of dress tips and travelogue. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 30, 1993

"Best in its biographies of the tiger-wallahs (which may send readers scurrying to Corbett's rip-roaring bestsellers of the 40's and 50's): a strong brief for a species on the executioner's block. (Seventy-five color, 25 b&w illustrations)"
From the coauthor of the mega-bestselling The Civil War: a mix of memoir, travelogue, and profiles of ``tiger-wallahs'' past and present working to save the Bengal Tiger. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >