Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 12, 2001

"Lightner's unadorned voice manages to keep both these incredible adventures very immediate and utterly affecting."
A surreal piece of mountain climbing, up a steep sandstone tower draped in jungle, where the handholds harbor deadly vipers and the line is often unprotected. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2001

"Instead, they're likely to enjoy Dugard's well-made narrative, and to come away sharing his abundant admiration for the admirable—and ultimately unfortunate—Cook."
A thoroughly readable biography of the famed sea captain and explorer. Read full book review >

PARADISE by Larry McMurtry
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 2001

"No overachievement itself, this is likely to disappoint loyal McMurtry fans."
A glancing memoir by McMurtry (Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen, 1999, etc.), an extraordinarily talented spinner of tales, the author of such bestselling and critically acclaimed titles as Lonesome Dove and The Last Picture Show. Read full book review >
THE PROVING GROUND by G. Bruce Knecht
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2001

"While the disaster makes for some spellbinding reading, Knecht's treatment of what prompted the sailors to take to the seas not only falls short, it falls prey to their macho swagger: 'Such is love,' he quips of their mortally reckless behavior. (8 pp. b&w photos, not seen)"
An account of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Race debacle, this one focusing on three of the participants, from Wall Street Journal correspondent Knecht. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Overall, a lucid look at modern paleontology, one that will be of considerable interest to would-be dinosaur hunters everywhere."
Dinosaur sleuths recount a headline-making discovery on the cold plains of Argentina. Read full book review >

PLAYING THE MOLDOVANS AT TENNIS by Tony Hawks
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Not particularly elevated or elevating, but a lot of fun."
Another goofy travelogue—and a UK bestseller—by the English writer who, on a dare, once hitchhiked around Ireland with a refrigerator. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Solid if unexciting fare."
A straightforward literary travel guide that takes us through Bangkok, Malacca, and other points east. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"An idiosyncratic but exuberant homage to wanderlust."
Children's author Gelman celebrates the joys of the unfettered life, lived only for the moment, that she enjoyed in places as varied as Guatemala and New Zealand after her marriage ended and she found herself finally able to do as she pleased. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Fascinating. A delight for anyone interested in bird life and issues of extinction and endangerment."
Informed musings on humanity's relationship with nature and the extinction of animal species. Read full book review >
HUNTED by David Fletcher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2001

"A real squirmer—outrageous white-knuckle horror—and you can only imagine: better him than you."
A difficult and dangerous climb in the Alaska Range turns grotesque beyond measure when mountaineer Fletcher becomes the object of a grizzly bear's undying wrath. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"A time-honoring narrative: Descriptive, contemplative, and a prod to get on with it ourselves."
As though she had taken a vow to awareness, Watkins, a musician and travel essayist, pays attention to the everyday elements as well as the grand themes in her globe-girdling journey. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2001

"Still, Askins's work has helped reshape the relationship Americans have with wild creatures."
A moving and affective, if overwrought, tribute to the wild. 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 >