Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"For the most part, an engagingly honest and keenly observed essay, flawed by its dribbling-away ending."
Acclaimed novelist Nova (The Universal Donor, 1997, etc.) turns his writerly eye to his other great passion, fly-fishing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"But that commitment doesn't pay, it costs, and profits—not ethics—drive the zoo business. (8 pages b&w photos) (Author tour)"
You wouldn't want to be a member of the captive-bred wildlife population in this country, even in a zoo. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A polished, subjective gathering of detestables; every reader should be able to find one evil customer to abominate. (line drawings)"
Lembke's (Shake Them ‘Simmons Down, 1996) rogues" gallery of hateful creatures—from fruit flies to sandburs—considered in their biological, mythological, literary, and aesthetic aspects to bevel our fear and loathing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Readers may dicker over whether Leopold's agronomy needs updating, but his environmental vision is as timeless now as it was ahead of the curve when he wrote it down. (Illus., not seen)"
A salubrious broadside of environmental essays, full of dignity and plain-spoken ethics, and a good number seen here for the first time, from conservationist icon Leopold. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"A thoughtful and witty little volume whose readership should extend beyond the fly-fishing purist."
An unlikely match of subject, author, and series (this is a volume in the Library of Contemporary Thought) puts art critic and historian Hughes (American Visions: The Epic History of Art in America, 1997, etc.) at the other end of a fishing pole. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Hunters and fishers will weep with envy at Perkins's life, and those who don't may well be tempted to try them as he writes of these pursuits with humility and genuine relish. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 75,000; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Perkins, former CEO of Orvis, has never had a bad day fly fishing or bird hunting, nor many selling the sports and their accouterments to the public, as reported in this memoir written with sporting journalist and Forbes FYI contributor Norman. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Good science meets bad poetry to make a nature book that's just so-so, but that may be of interest to some beachgoers. (illustrations)"
Informative but too-cute essays on the animals, plants, and sea life of the California, Oregon, and Washington coasts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Animals are an indicator species, Linden suggests, so take a look: how we treat them reflects how we treat everything else."
Empathetic stories of animals displaying intelligence and fellow-feeling, with some references to controlled experiments to help put the acts in context, from journalist Linden, the author of several books on animal cognition as well as other subjects. Read full book review >
JOHN JAMES AUDUBON by John James Audubon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

As recently as a hundred years ago, in a more assured age than this, the enduring importance of a literary career could be measured by whether an edition of an author's collected works was issued. Bound in calfskin for the wealthy bibliophile, in a more modest cloth of some subdued hue for the less well-to-do, these sets made several statements about an age. They suggested that readers could most appreciate writers by knowing the entirety of their work and not simply one or two particularly flashy efforts. And those ranks of volumes, filling the shelves of home libraries, further showed that it was possible for individuals to possess much of the best work by the best minds. Read full book review >
THE COST OF LIVING by Arundhati Roy
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"With eloquent anger and careful research, Roy expertly captures the faces of both folly and courage. (Author tour)"
In her first non-fiction work, award-winning novelist Roy (The God of Small Things, 1997) reveals the authoritarian paternalism of the Indian state that lies behind a mask of benevolence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 1999

"Who wouldn't tap any source to be the best father possible, asks an incredulous Masson, then suggests we stop looking after our species uniqueness and start appreciating the interspecies continuities. (Author tour)"
Lessons in fathering - good, bad, and parlous - from the nonhuman world, challengingly and divertingly told by Masson (Dogs Never Lie About Love, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1999

"Now he's off sailing around the world with his family, trusting again to that angel who has watched over his shoulder. (24 pages color photos, 50 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Whittaker, the first American to summit Everest, tells here the story of his life thus far—he has managed to reach 70—which has been lived with the kind of intensity that only his adrenal glands can truly appreciate. 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 >