Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

Released: Oct. 5, 1995

"With a touch of Cleveland Armory and Peter Gethers, this work, charmingly illustrated by Tom George, surely deserves its own place in the pet literature spotlight. (photos, not seen)"
A four-hankie story about two Princeton University bachelor professors and the dogs who adopt them. Read full book review >
ODD LOTS by Thomas C. Cooper
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"There is only so much Geranium endressii one person can handle,'' and whose hours not spent in the garden are spent talking about being in the garden."
A devoted gardener offers a meandering collection of brief essays that may hold some charm for others of the same ilk. Read full book review >

FOR A HANDFUL OF FEATHERS by Guy de la Valdéne
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Beautifully conceived and written, valuable for its insight into quail behavior and its thoughtful address of hunting ethics, a new classic for the sportsman's canon. (First serial to Sports Afield)"
Meditations on hunting, biodiversity, wildlife, ethics, and human folly unify a lifelong bird-hunter's quixotic venture to convert an 800-acre Florida farm into quail heaven. Read full book review >
BORNEO LOG by William W. Bevis
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"An absorbing, well-documented work that is of extreme and immediate relevance to both Third and First World peoples. (8 illustrations and maps, not seen)"
In a riveting account both beautiful and shocking, Bevis (English/Univ. of Montana) travels upriver in Borneo to witness the destruction of the world's oldest rain forests and one of the world's oldest cultures. Read full book review >
DOMINION by Niles Eldredge
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"Makes sense, but is anyone outside the members of the choir listening?"
The latest on human evolution from our man at New York City's American Museum of Natural History (Dept. of Invertebrates), who views the future with alarm. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"A book to be read leisurely and contemplatively."
On a Columbus Day, over the course of a discursive, 15-mile ramble to Thoreau's grave at Concord, Mass., Mitchell (Living at the End of Time, 1990, etc.) ponders the old roads of the Minutemen on their way to battle and laments the vacuity of the contemporary soul of America. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1995

"This extraordinary book places Zwinger squarely among the best of today's nature writers."
In a book dense with scientific and historical observations, in which seemingly nothing about the region's flora, fauna, and geology has escaped her notice, Zwinger fashions a joltingly beautiful study of the canyon and its river. Read full book review >
RIVERWALKING by Kathleen Dean Moore
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"Moore's collection sparkles as much as one of her sun-dappled streams."
Splendid short riverside rustications in a first collection from Moore (Philosophy/ Oregon State Univ.). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 26, 1995

"The Stork and the Plow is a good place to start."
The Ehrlichs, older and less doctrinaire than in their Population Explosion (1990) days, are guardedly hopeful that resources (the plow) can sustain population gains (the stork) in the century ahead. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 1995

"As fun and important as a rainy day sittin' round the cracker barreland with none of the corn pone."
A lighthearted, pleasantly diverting collection of Dean's columns on hunting and fishing the woods and streams of North Carolina. Read full book review >
TAMATA AND THE ALLIANCE by Bernard Moitessier
Released: Sept. 18, 1995

The picaresque life of a seagoing vagabond, a fascinating tale told with remarkable insouciance by the wanderer himself. Read full book review >
SAVAGES by Joe Kane
Released: Sept. 13, 1995

"Savages is not a pious retelling of someone else's activism; Kane has been there, risked his life, and returned with true authority on the subject and the literary skill to make it live on the pages. (8 pages color photos, not seen) (First printing of 40,000)"
An eloquent and impassioned report from a hopeless battlefield where the war is between a nation of Amazonian Indians and the oil companies threatening to destroy it. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >