Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

POSTCARDS FROM THE LEDGE by Greg Child
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Veteran readers of Climbing magazine, from which most of these pieces are taken, will be glad to have Child's occasional journalism in book form. (25 b&w photos)"
A solid collection of the author's mountain-climbing journalism, for which he is widely known. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A PET THERAPIST by Warren Eckstein
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Only dyed-in-the-wool Eckstein fanatics will find any reason to plow through this starstruck memoir. (b&w photos)"
An uninspired autobiography from animal psychologist/behaviorist/communicator Eckstein (Understanding Your Pet, 1986, etc.), whose destiny was sealed by a rat. Read full book review >

FRESH WATER by E.C. Pielou
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Pielou writes with clarity and a feel for words, and her affection for the subject at hand is immediately and infectiously communicated to readers. (81 b&w illustrations)"
A crystal-clear introduction to the physics, character, and exquisite grace of fresh water, from naturalist Pielou (After the Ice Age, not reviewed). Read full book review >
SKATING TO ANTARCTICA by Jenny Diski
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 27, 1998

"Diski's Antarctica-of-the-mind is such a place."
Antarctica is not so much a destination as a symptom in this intense, disturbing memoir of a wickedly unpleasant childhood. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 7, 1998

"Allin shares a talent seen in two other recent Walker books, Dava Sobel's Longitude and James deKay's Monitor: the ability to make an obscure subject incandescent through crisp storytelling and a felicitous handling of arcane details. (illustrations, not seen)"
In 1827, a giraffe sailed from Egypt to Marseille. Read full book review >

FALL OF THE PHANTOM LORD by Andrew Todhunter
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 4, 1998

"Classic participant-observer journalism—informed and heady—that brightly illuminates the strange, enthralling world of risk sports."
A thoughtful, elegant portrait of risky business, focusing on rock climber and leaper Dan Osman, and with much startling autobiographical material from Atlantic Monthly contributor Todhunter. Read full book review >
SWALLOW SUMMER by Charles R. Brown
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"If Brown teaches his university classes with the same relaxed aplomb with which he delivers this study, then he, unlike the swarming cliff swallow, is a rare bird. (photos, not seen)"
Out there in the brute world, Brown (Biology/Univ. of Tulsa), a former curator of ornithology at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, encounters rape and pillage, parasitism and unbridled egotism—just another day in the life of the cliff swallow. Read full book review >
SILENT THUNDER by Katy Payne
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Not just a book on elephants and their surprisingly active verbal lives, but an informed discussion on the policies and future of man and beast in Africa."
In an account that is finally a philosophical and political meditation on wildlife, a biologist studies the long-distance, nearly imperceptible rumblings of elephants and ponders the fate of Africa's elephant herds. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A fascinating meditation on delusion and desire, this is an American tale."
Thomas Pynchon meets Hunter S. Thompson (stylistically) in a novelistic account of the US government's secret air base known as "Area 51." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 27, 1998

"Her reticence, her unwillingness to reveal herself in spite of the genre she has chosen, leaves leaves this smartly titled work curiously dull."
A collection of essays that combine elements of cultural observation and memoir without fully realizing either. Read full book review >
RIVERS OF THE HEART by Steve Raymond
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: July 17, 1998

"And it doesn't hurt that he can turn a decent phrase."
Dry, intelligent recollections of a fly-fishing life, from Raymond (Steelhead Country, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: July 15, 1998

"DeBlieu has achieved the Big Two: enlightenment and high entertainment."
Sun heats, Earth spins; there will always be wind somewhere. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >