Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 7, 1998

"Gently iconoclastic, always illuminating essays from the science writer whose prose can bring to life not only theories but even the fossils themselves. (30 b&w illustrations)"
In the latest selection from this self-described "essay-machine," Gould gathers together sundry Natural History columns, mingling natural history knowhow with his characteristic humanist outlook. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Oct. 5, 1998

"With few exceptions, a modish, almost syrupy anthology with little intellectual stuff to recommend it. (Author tour)"
A trendy and jargon-laden celebration of contemporary feminist thought, edited by Ryan (A Grateful Heart, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >

DRIVING TO DETROIT by Lesley Hazleton
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 2, 1998

"A car book that is about a lot more than cars."
Hazleton (automotive columnist for the Detroit Free Press and author of, among other works, Confessions of a Fast Woman, 1992) takes us on a journey into "the heart, soul, and wallet of the enduring American obsession with the car." Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This book is another of those small, indispensable steps that shuffle toward knowledge."
Budiansky (The Nature of Horses, 1997, etc.) stakes out a middle ground between radical behavioralists and cognitive ethologists in this investigation into the workings of animal intelligence. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching. (illustrations, not seen)"
Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic—these tales of paleontological field days and discoveries from Taquet, director of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, give a sharp taste of what spurred him to say yes to the question: "Do you take paleontology as your spouse and promise to serve her faithfully for the rest of your days?" Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Do you wonder why Kaufman doesn't just trade the thankless beasts for a Lab and get on with her life?"
Pug stories—really a lot of pug stories, from sublime to ridiculous—by Kaufman (This Damn House, 1996). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The simple fact that horses have intruded upon our imaginations to such a vast extent suggests that our bond with the beast is more than merely practical, and Scanlan is an ideal guide to that secret world of connectedness, with its crazy and sublime turnings. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Scanlan (Riding High, not reviewed, etc.) asks, just what is horse fever, and why are so many held in its grip? Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Readers are advised to go fishing instead."
Bland fishing stories that artlessly dovetail into life lessons, from Quinnett (The Troubled People Book, 1982). Read full book review >
CIVILIZATION AND THE LIMPET by Martin Wells
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"These peeks at the wondrous parade of nature will open your eyes wide with surprise and delight and provide not a little ammunition to rumble those who would defile the beauty of the earth."
Wells (Zoology/Cambridge Univ.) knows how to write odd, charming, limpid natural history essays, as demonstrated in these vest-pocket introductions to some of the more peculiar denizens of the marine kingdom. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Davis's lovely, cubist, rich landscape portraits are also topographies of the spirit, conveying a sense of place, but perhaps even more, the music of place."
The wonders of the diversity of various cultures and their relationship to their landscape—from the high Arctic and the northern forests to the swamps of the Orinoco—are hunted, gathered, and honestly appreciated here by the peripatetic Davis (One River, 1996). Read full book review >
RATTLESNAKE by Manny Rubio
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A particularly handsome work of natural history."
Rubio, a photographer, provides some 250 color photographs of North American rattlesnakes, as well as a useful, succinct summary of what's known about rattlesnake evolution, anatomy, and behavior. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener."
Kincaid (My Brother: A Memoir, 1997, etc.) has assembled an impressively varied collection of essays by writers living and dead concentrating on the plants that hold a special, often almost mystical, attraction for them. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Clinton Kelly
January 9, 2017

Bestselling author and television host Clinton Kelly’s memoir I Hate Everyone Except You is a candid, deliciously snarky collection of essays about his journey from awkward kid to slightly-less-awkward adult. Clinton Kelly is probably best known for teaching women how to make their butts look smaller. But in I Hate Everyone, Except You, he reveals some heretofore-unknown secrets about himself, like that he’s a finicky connoisseur of 1980s pornography, a disillusioned critic of New Jersey’s premier water parks, and perhaps the world’s least enthused high-school commencement speaker. Whether he’s throwing his baby sister in the air to jumpstart her cheerleading career or heroically rescuing his best friend from death by mud bath, Clinton leaps life’s social hurdles with aplomb. With his signature wit, he shares his unique ability to navigate the stickiest of situations, like deciding whether it’s acceptable to eat chicken wings with a fork on live television (spoiler: it’s not). “A thoroughly light and entertaining memoir,” our critic writes. View video >