Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"In sharing them, he gives readers back some of their own. (24 b&w photos, 2 maps, not seen)"
Alaska's Mount St. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Jane Goodall has written the book's introduction. (16 pages b&w photos not seen) (First printing of 50,000; first serial to Reader's Digest; film rights to Fox 2000; Book-of-the-Month Club featured selection; author tour)"
Though he was studying theories of communication, Fouts (Psychology/Central Washington Univ.) learned a whole lot more than that from the chimps in his American Sign Language program, and he tells their story here with great insight and affection. Read full book review >

THE TREES IN MY FOREST by Bernd Heinrich
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Heinrich tells us more about trees than we'd ever dream of wondering, yet manages to transform the esoterica into a fascinating tribute to nature's superior design."
This lyrical testament to the stunning complexity of the natural world also documents one man's bid to make a difference on his own little patch of land. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Dull heartland postcards about the fallow months."
The journal of one winter by Klaus, a gardener, writer, and semi-retired teacher stranded happily in Iowa City. Read full book review >
TALES OF A RAT-HUNTING MAN by D. Brian Plummer
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Plummer coaxes nobility (he would cringe at the word) from his craft, for as a rat hunter he is shrewd, encyclopedic, beneficent, and mesmeric. (line drawings)"
The outlandish sport of ratting is imbued with character and purpose by the square-pegged pen of British novelist and sportswriter Plummer. Read full book review >

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"One glorious pachyderm and one cracking story. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The simply astonishing, exhilarating story—complete with high adventure, betrayal, and resurrection—of Modoc, elephant extraordinaire, told by Helfer (The Beauty of the Beasts, 1990). Read full book review >
BRIGHT PARADISE by Peter Raby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Importantly, Raby shows how the works of the explorers shaped a new Darwinian and colonialist worldview, one that remains mighty influential in the modern imagination. (8 pages illustrations and maps)"
A lucid and lively survey of Victorian explorers from Raby (English/Homerton College, Cambridge). ``For the English in the nineteenth century, abroad, and especially the Empire and the colonies, existed to bring things back from,'' notes Raby in a neat introductory capsulization. Read full book review >
TIME ON ICE by Deborah Shapiro
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A bumpy ride, but given the itinerary, was any less expected? (b&w and color photos, not seen)"
Wintering in Antarctica is a lark compared with getting there and back in a small sailboat, as Shapiro and Bjelke (freebooters out of Sweden) tell it. Read full book review >
THE SCIENCE TIMES BOOK OF BIRDS by Nicholas Wade
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"All in all, a gratifying and artful blend of edification and entertainment. (line art, not seen)"
These collections intiate a new series from Lyons & Burford. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Arch, cynical, sullen indeed, Jaynes's salty conversation with himself is a comic, cautionary tale of the pitfalls of midlife sailing adventures."
A message in a bottle, in diary format, from the author's journey to the South Seas on a British-operated cargo ship with a Russian crew, a sling of senior citizens, and a growing sense of ennui. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"A vibrant natural (and human) history of a biomassive throughway where large patches still remain unknown. (2 maps, not seen)"
The unique evolutionary story of the species-rich Central American land bridge is eloquently chronicled by Wallace (The Quetzal and the Macaw, 1992, etc.). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"After a session with this lyrical book, the reader will understand, too."
A capable guided tour of a landscape unlike almost any other. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >