Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2000

"A deliciously engaging tale of flower-power."
An exuberant romp through the surprisingly bizarre world of orchid collectors, where decorous matrons swoon over blooms, bureaucrats act like SWAT teams, and reputable scientists punch customs officers in the face. Read full book review >
WILD MINDS by Marc Hauser
NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2000

"A sober, rationalist take on why elephants weep and why dogs' lives may be as mysterious to them as to us. (15 b&w illus.)"
When it comes to animal behavior, Hauser (Psychology/Harvard) opts for the empirical high road over intuition every time: Anecdotes are sweet, and may prompt interesting questions, but he doesn't go basing theories on them. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Vintage Gould: stimulating, erudite, and eminently enjoyable."
From the distinguished and eloquent Gould (Zoology & Geology/Harvard; Leonardo's Mountain and the Diet of Worms, 1998), a characteristically genial and stimulating intellectual stroll. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"The are electrifying, if fleeting encounters: with a baby dolphin turning its pink belly to the surface, or a pair of dolphins swimming by while (for all intents and purposes) holding hands."
Montgomery's (Spell of the Tiger, 1994) at times piquant voyage of wonder to commune with the pink dolphin of the Amazon is marred by writing so unfiltered and moony it makes your teeth ache. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"If Jenkins does not succeed in doing for mountaineering what Norman Maclean did for firefighting in Young Men and Fire, he has still produced a heartbreaking story of youth and adventure. (B&w photos) (Author tour)"
Jenkins (Journalism/Univ. of Delaware; ed., The Peter Matthiessen Reader, p. 1865) offers an intriguing look at the deaths of five young climbers on Wyoming's Mt. Read full book review >

BRUCE CHATWIN by Nicholas Shakespeare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 15, 2000

"An unflinching reconstruction of a singular writer's scorching trajectory through life: Speed makes it concise; fate makes it haunting. (Family tree, photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An ingenious, outsize myth-meets-facts "life and works" of the charismatic global citizen and compulsive tale-teller. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 2000

"An eloquent eulogy for our late millennium's old-world order of provincialism, and a passport to our borderless future."
A delectable smorgasbord of bite-size travel details and large truths that offer a taste of the global world to come. Read full book review >
BLACK TIDES by Miles O. Hayes
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

An illuminating, albeit willfully and irritatingly rustic, excursion through the recent history of oil spills and the development of rapid response teams to the events, from one of the people who goes around cleaning up after them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Let the scholars debate the evidence while the rest of us enjoy the encapsulated history of all those tribes ancestral to the nation states we recognize today. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The political face of the world changed irrevocably in mid'sixth century a.d., says the archaeology correspondent of The Independent, in a formidably argued treatise. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Johns, all any river can ask of its lover."
On a slow poke by kayak down Florida's St. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"It is little wonder that the FBI considered these documents suitable for declassification, considering their acute lack of anything original, though it is something to witness the FBI's collective befuddlement in face of the events: Join the crowd."
Captivating, if utterly inconclusive, material from FBI investigations into unidentified flying objects and aliens, culled from declassified files and assembled here by veteran UFO researcher Redfern. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Jaffe's account underscores how much of science is personal, and how tightly it is enmeshed in society, politics and purse strings."
Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jaffe (And No Birds Sing, 1994) unearths the historical record as assiduously as his heroes/villains unearthed fossils a century ago in this account of the celebrated feud between Philadelphia's E.D. Cope and New Haven's O.C. Marsh. 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 >