Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Over and above everything, though, is Roberts's surpassing love for horses, captured here in his evocations of the horses he has trained over a career spanning four decades. (Author tour)"
The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Add Bowers to that embarrassment of riches."
Delicious, closely observed place vignettes of southeastern Arizona, from naturalist Bowers (A Full Life in a Small Place and Other Essays from a Desert Garden, 1995). Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 12, 1997

"O'Connor's documentary of the same title will be released this year."
Portrait of a little-reported contemporary gold rush, awash in blood. Read full book review >
WITH CHATWIN by Susannah Clapp
Released: Aug. 7, 1997

"This tribute captures both sides with grace and charm—a must-read for all his fans."
Clapp, who was Bruce Chatwin's dedicated editor at the British publisher Jonathan Cape, offers a delightful remembrance of the celebrated travel writer and novelist, drawing on her own experiences and on those of his closest friends. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ever original, Alcock encourages readers to view the desert with new eyes through this fine contribution to arid-lands literature."
A spirited primer in Sonoran Desert ecology, cloaked in a memoir of gardening. Read full book review >

COD by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Cod—that whitest of the white-fleshed fish, prize of every fish-and-chips establishment—gets expert, loving, and encyclopedic handling from Food and Wine columnist Kurlansky (A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A solid contribution to popular geography."
A discursive look at the ongoing transformation of the American landscape. Read full book review >
VISIONS OF JESUS by Phillip H. Wiebe
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"It is a pity that in a multidisciplinary study of religion Wiebe largely bypasses theology and the nuanced Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions of discerning the authenticity of visions and situating them in the larger context of religious growth and practice."
Wiebe (Philosophy/Trinity Western Univ., Canada) draws on 30 contemporary visionaries and a wide range of scholarship in an attempt to produce a philosophically coherent critique of visions of Jesus. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 1997

"A mixed bag of how-to tips and misty memories."
A pedestrian stroll down memory lane from a longtime quail hunter and outdoor writer. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1997

"Zebrowski loves her still, though, like any vexed and fascinated scientist, he sure would like to know what sends her off her rocker. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A wide-ranging, gratifyingly lively investigation into the more violent ravings of Mother Nature from Zebrowski (College of Technology/Penn. Read full book review >
Released: June 30, 1997

"He makes us understand the joys of both in this frank, passionate book. (maps and drawings, not seen)"
You may not have found your loins quivering at the thought of a rose-throated becard, but Kaufman (Lives of North American Birds, not reviewed) has, and here he sings sweetly about the birder's ineffable fascination with all things feathered. Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 1997

"Travel writing in the grab-bag meditative mode, but hampered by self-conscious desert rhapsodies. (illustrations, not seen)"
Travels in Egypt, encumbered by passages of purple prose, from the wife of writer Lance Morrow. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >