Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

WITH CHATWIN by Susannah Clapp
Released: Aug. 7, 1997

"This tribute captures both sides with grace and charm—a must-read for all his fans."
Clapp, who was Bruce Chatwin's dedicated editor at the British publisher Jonathan Cape, offers a delightful remembrance of the celebrated travel writer and novelist, drawing on her own experiences and on those of his closest friends. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ever original, Alcock encourages readers to view the desert with new eyes through this fine contribution to arid-lands literature."
A spirited primer in Sonoran Desert ecology, cloaked in a memoir of gardening. Read full book review >

COD by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Cod—that whitest of the white-fleshed fish, prize of every fish-and-chips establishment—gets expert, loving, and encyclopedic handling from Food and Wine columnist Kurlansky (A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A solid contribution to popular geography."
A discursive look at the ongoing transformation of the American landscape. Read full book review >
VISIONS OF JESUS by Phillip H. Wiebe
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"It is a pity that in a multidisciplinary study of religion Wiebe largely bypasses theology and the nuanced Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions of discerning the authenticity of visions and situating them in the larger context of religious growth and practice."
Wiebe (Philosophy/Trinity Western Univ., Canada) draws on 30 contemporary visionaries and a wide range of scholarship in an attempt to produce a philosophically coherent critique of visions of Jesus. Read full book review >

Released: July 15, 1997

"A mixed bag of how-to tips and misty memories."
A pedestrian stroll down memory lane from a longtime quail hunter and outdoor writer. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1997

"Zebrowski loves her still, though, like any vexed and fascinated scientist, he sure would like to know what sends her off her rocker. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A wide-ranging, gratifyingly lively investigation into the more violent ravings of Mother Nature from Zebrowski (College of Technology/Penn. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1997

"He makes us understand the joys of both in this frank, passionate book. (maps and drawings, not seen)"
You may not have found your loins quivering at the thought of a rose-throated becard, but Kaufman (Lives of North American Birds, not reviewed) has, and here he sings sweetly about the birder's ineffable fascination with all things feathered. Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 1997

"Travel writing in the grab-bag meditative mode, but hampered by self-conscious desert rhapsodies. (illustrations, not seen)"
Travels in Egypt, encumbered by passages of purple prose, from the wife of writer Lance Morrow. Read full book review >
Released: June 18, 1997

"Must reading for dinosaur fans."
A top dinosaur paleontologist spins wondrous tales about his fieldworkand ponders what it means. Read full book review >
POINT LAST SEEN by Hannah Nyala
Released: June 16, 1997

"The gripping chronicle of a tracker finding herself as she looks for others. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
In this beautifully rendered narrative, a woman reveals the art of tracking both in the wilderness and in autobiography. Read full book review >
Released: June 4, 1997

"If, as they say, everything in life is a matter of timing, DeSalle and Lindley could hardly have brought out a book at a more propitious time. (illustrations, not seen)"
Physicist Lindley (The End of Physics, 1993) and DeSalle, a DNA-in-amber expert at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, have a fine time taking to task the tangled web Michael Crichton has spun in his Jurassic Park books and movies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >