Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 200)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 1999

"Likely 95 percent will reevaluate their career options. (b&w photos throughout, 16 pages color photos)"
The life of a globetrotting animal doctor, ungussied and enthusiastic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1999

"And while Durr's memoir is generally lacking in surprises, it makes for a pleasant enough exercise in armchair travel."
A well-written tale of life on Alaskan fishing boats in pre-pipeline days. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 1999

"An uneven account with many perceptive, lyrical passages."
A coming-of-age memoir by a young Canadian woman with a literary bent whose three-year sojourn in a Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas challenged her values, changed her religion, and altered her life's course. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1999

"Hope springs eternal."
Slice it this way, slice it that, there's no escaping the drastic changes in store for the New England fishermen, reports Carey (Raven's Children: An Alaskan Culture at Twilight, 1992) in this nonetheless undespairing book. Read full book review >
SOME HORSES by Thomas McGuane
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"This book is a payback, an inclusive horse-hug, a humble confession of love, a thing—like its subject—of spare beauty."
It is a small world, the one made up of cutting horses and their lovers, but novelist McGuane (Nothing But Blue Skies, 1992, etc.) invests it with such urgent purpose and unimagined beauty, even the most horse-shy will feel the pull of its attraction. Read full book review >

CLOSE TO THE WIND by Pete Goss
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Incredible. (16 pages color photos, not seen)"
A prepossessing account of all it takes to enter the hellacious solo race around the Southern Ocean called the VendÇe Globe and how to become a hero. Read full book review >
BROWN DOG OF THE YAAK by Rick Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Pleasant, but Bass's credo didn't need a separate book to clarify; none of his works skirt the issue."
Bass (Where the Sea Used to Be, 1998, etc.) identifies the triangulate elements used to chart the course of his life and writing. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Yet those who cherish stories of legendary nimrods at work in lands of mystery, romance, and danger will find this a deep trough from which to drink their fill. (50 b&w photos)"
A starry-eyed who's who of white hunters in Africa from the turn of the century to the present day, from professional big- game hunter Herne. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Young women interested in careers in science will especially benefit from Lowman's encouragement, but general readers will enjoy her book as well. (30 illustrations, not seen)"
An exuberant celebration of biology in the wild, far from labs, classrooms, and offices. Read full book review >
A DARK PLACE IN THE JUNGLE by Linda Spalding
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1999

"The picture here of Galdikas's activities is unremittingly distressing and raises serious questions to which she will have to respond."
Bad press for primatologist BirutÇ Galdikas and her work with the orangutans of Borneo, from novelist Spalding (The Paper Wife, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 1999

"An exhilarating tribute to a disappearing art. (21 b&w photos, not seen)"
An enthralling, sometimes breathtaking glimpse into one of North America's few remaining traveling circuses. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1999

"One can only conclude that Christianson's case for global warming should be read as global warning. (30 illustrations)"
At least half this book is fascinating history of technology—the birth and growth of the Industrial Revolution; the second half describes what that portends in terms of global warming. 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 >