Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

MRS. WHALEY AND HER CHARLESTON GARDEN by Emily Whaley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 1997

"It would have been better to drench those portions with details, which count for as much in life stories as they do in gardens. (illustrations, not seen)"
A sweet but slight bouquet: a gardening memoir told in a Southern drawl. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 29, 1997

"Lots of facts, background, and stories, but Mason never gets the breath of life from Raffan."
An admiring, rather placid biography of the Canadian filmmaker and wilderness proponent Bill Mason. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 10, 1997

Facing his own autumnal milestone, a 50-year-old novelist takes time to pursue a lifelong dream: ``to spend three months focused entirely on trying to do falconry right.'' O'Brien (In the Center of the Nation, 1991, etc.) has hunted with falcons since boyhood, when he tamed his first hawk and cobbled together a backyard mews from packing crates. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 4, 1997

"Engagingly written, full of astute cultural critiques as viewed through the prism of zookeeping practices, and deeply respectful of animals. (Author tour)"
Croke, a wildlife journalist for the Boston Globe, gets to the heart of our love-hate affair with zoos in this elegant, thoughtful study. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 1997

"Cold comfort for Cahill, high entertainment for his readers."
Cahill (Pecked to Death by Ducks, 1993, etc.) delivers all the goods—vibrancy, wit, intelligence—anyone could hope for from adventure travel writing in this, his fourth, collection. Read full book review >

HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: March 1, 1997

"It is a wondrous dance, this parent-child two-step, and Allport perfectly catches the magic nature of the bond. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
The many faces of parenting, from doting to feckless, are given a mulling in this fine exegetic study from Allport (Explorers of the Black Box, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 1997

"Though it's all too quick for any depth, there are savory nuggets everywhere, and the little absurdities and disjunctions of travel take on vigor and wit in Reeves's hands."
Veteran journalist and traveler Reeves (President Kennedy: Profile of Power, 1993, etc.) in lite mode, as he cobbles together family impressions of their 34-day, jet-propelled, round-the-world jaunt. Read full book review >
MEETING THE TREE OF LIFE by John Tallmadge
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 1997

"The result is neither a book of personal essays as such, nor a vade mecum for teachers, nor even a book about nature strictly defined, but a glancing coming-of-age story that is of narrow interest."
A slight book of reminiscence, seemingly meant for English majors who love the outdoors. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1997

"When Everest eludes Chisholm, and she takes it in stride, readers may sense that she has covered her most impressive terrain. (photos, not seen) (First printing of 60,000; author tour)"
The compelling, if at times aggravating, tale of Chisholm's journey from the land of the dead to the thin air of high peaks, told with the help of Bruce, an editor for Self-Help Psychology magazine. Read full book review >
HORN OF DARKNESS by Carol Cunningham
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 1997

"Consider the black rhinoceros, and pity him too; without Cunningham and Berger in his corner, his future gets that much dimmer."
An object lesson in field research hazards—both the physical and the political. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 1997

"The prose is not brilliant, and there are apologies and redundancies that we could do without. But a fair answer to Yali's question this surely is, and gratifyingly, it makes clear that race has nothing to do with who does or does not develop cargo."
MacArthur fellow and UCLA evolutionary biologist Diamond (The Third Chimpanzee, 1992, etc.) takes as his theme no less than the rise of human civilizations. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Droll, warm, and impeccably researched—another Stern treasure. (Author tour)"
The Sterns (Way Out West, 1993, etc.), pop culture's Boswells, turn their attentions to more blue-blooded purlieus in this deeply satisfying chronicle of a year spent on the dog-show circuit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >