Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Still, a useful resource compiled by three academics for students of American history, particularly concerning the rise of the populist political movement. (8 b&w photos, 2 line drawings, 13 maps, not seen)"
A mixed bag of modern historical essays and contemporary journalistic accounts of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Of interest to students of Western American resource issues, as well as of grassroots political organizing."
paper 0-8032-6397-X An illuminating study of local resistance to a huge federal water project. Read full book review >

SIBERIAN DAWN by Jeffrey Tayler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Graphically describes the deeply disturbing state of the 'new' Russia and its demoralized citizens."
A young American's encounters with arctic cold, violent vodka-induced drunkenness, unknown levels of radiation, and mafia-ruled hinterland cities reveal the bleak and desperate side of life in the post-Communist Soviet states. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"There is an annoying aura of self-promotion at play, which detracts from the good deeds and alienates those who otherwise might have been inspired by the sanctuary's achievements. (88 b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Inmate stories from an animal rescue sanctuary, heartening but also scolding and righteous, from sanctuary director Cuny. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"He may be an expert in animal behavior, but he's clearly not a moral philosopher."
Can the study of cooperation in animals facilitate human sociability, asks evolutionary biologist Dugatkin? Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Naveen knows and loves his subject—he is the first to admit that he is never happier than when mired in penguin guano—and he writes of it and its place with uncommon fluency. (color photos, not seen)"
Their behavior might be comedic for us, but for penguins it translates into sex, food, and turf warfare, as explained by field researcher Naveen in this tenderhearted profile of the short-feathered denizens of the far south. Read full book review >
CRAZY FOR RIVERS by Bill Barich
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"In Barich's hands, the fish story exists as a state of grace."
Barich (Big Dreams: Into the Heart of California, 1994, etc.) returns to the trout stream, and it's high time. Read full book review >
OPEN SKIES, CLOSED MINDS by Nick Pope
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 27, 1999

"An odd, unconvincing statement of belief from a government official. (8 pages b&w photos)"
As a career civil servant with Britain's Ministry of Defence, Pope served a three-year stint in the early 1990s as chief investigator of UFO sightings in the United Kingdom. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 25, 1999

"But his meticulously gathered, cogently delivered evidence will quash any arguments to the contrary."
A scholarly, exhaustive, and utterly convincing refutation of the notion that human homosexuality is an aberration in nature. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 1999

"For the artful, guileless Arms, one senses it comes down to the migratory urge, what he calls the 'oughtness' of wandering, in his case over big water, where he can 'focus on today and embrace the journey as if it were all of life.'"
Arms (Riddle of the Ice: A Scientific Adventure in the Arctic, p. 29) offers here some notes toward understanding sailors' profession to the sea and how they interpret that water world and their place in the brine. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 1999

"However barmy, however wishful Hertsgaard's prescriptions, he's got one thing right: when it comes to the environment, we remain the sorcerer's apprentice, and the mess only gets bigger. ($40,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Freelance journalist Hertsgaard (A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles, 1995, etc.) circles the earth to gauge the extent of environmental destruction and local peoples' attitude toward it—and, by extension, whether the species will survive the 21st century. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 1999

"Fortunately, each of these pieces can be sampled on its own, winnowing the graceful, enthusiastic Underhill from her inexplicably stumblebum flip side."
A dozen uneven essays that hover between mild epiphany and quiet appreciation of the natural world, from Underhill (Writing/Alfred Univ.). 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 >