Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"This book is another of those small, indispensable steps that shuffle toward knowledge."
Budiansky (The Nature of Horses, 1997, etc.) stakes out a middle ground between radical behavioralists and cognitive ethologists in this investigation into the workings of animal intelligence. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching. (illustrations, not seen)"
Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic—these tales of paleontological field days and discoveries from Taquet, director of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, give a sharp taste of what spurred him to say yes to the question: "Do you take paleontology as your spouse and promise to serve her faithfully for the rest of your days?" Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Do you wonder why Kaufman doesn't just trade the thankless beasts for a Lab and get on with her life?"
Pug stories—really a lot of pug stories, from sublime to ridiculous—by Kaufman (This Damn House, 1996). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"The simple fact that horses have intruded upon our imaginations to such a vast extent suggests that our bond with the beast is more than merely practical, and Scanlan is an ideal guide to that secret world of connectedness, with its crazy and sublime turnings. (50 b&w photos, not seen)"
Scanlan (Riding High, not reviewed, etc.) asks, just what is horse fever, and why are so many held in its grip? Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Readers are advised to go fishing instead."
Bland fishing stories that artlessly dovetail into life lessons, from Quinnett (The Troubled People Book, 1982). Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"These peeks at the wondrous parade of nature will open your eyes wide with surprise and delight and provide not a little ammunition to rumble those who would defile the beauty of the earth."
Wells (Zoology/Cambridge Univ.) knows how to write odd, charming, limpid natural history essays, as demonstrated in these vest-pocket introductions to some of the more peculiar denizens of the marine kingdom. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Davis's lovely, cubist, rich landscape portraits are also topographies of the spirit, conveying a sense of place, but perhaps even more, the music of place."
The wonders of the diversity of various cultures and their relationship to their landscape—from the high Arctic and the northern forests to the swamps of the Orinoco—are hunted, gathered, and honestly appreciated here by the peripatetic Davis (One River, 1996). Read full book review >
RATTLESNAKE by Manny Rubio
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A particularly handsome work of natural history."
Rubio, a photographer, provides some 250 color photographs of North American rattlesnakes, as well as a useful, succinct summary of what's known about rattlesnake evolution, anatomy, and behavior. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"An ingenious, varied, and pleasurable collection, certain to strike sparks of recognition in even the most modest gardener."
Kincaid (My Brother: A Memoir, 1997, etc.) has assembled an impressively varied collection of essays by writers living and dead concentrating on the plants that hold a special, often almost mystical, attraction for them. Read full book review >
HUNTING FOR HOPE by Scott Russell Sanders
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"But his amoral vision makes him a more cogent artist than teacher—except for die-hard Romantic readers."
A beautifully written tribute to natural beauty, addressed by a tree-hugging hippie dad to his Generation X son. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 1998

"Lyrical, astute, passionate—an altogether charming look at the natural world. (illustrations by the author, not seen)"
paper 0-8165-1881-5 A slow-starting but ultimately intriguing collection of natural history essays written over two decades. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not bad advice at all."
Despite a misleading title (the book is not about what UFOs are up to these days but about the state of our knowledge concerning UFOS and related phenomena), this is a fine piece of reporting. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >