Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Nothing came cheap and easy to McCandless, nor will it to readers of Krakauer's narrative. (4 maps) (First printing of 35,000; author tour)"
The excruciating story of a young man on a quest for knowledge and experience, a search that eventually cooked his goose, told with the flair of a seasoned investigative reporter by Outside magazine contributing editor Krakauer (Eiger Dreams, 1990). Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"A simply told but richly evocative scientific memoir by one of the pioneers of the last frontier on Earth. (b&w illustrations)"
If you've ever dreamed of viewing the wonders of the ocean floor, here's an eyewitness account. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Arresting, first-rate reportage from the deep woods."
A mesmerizing, blow-by-blow account of Pacific Lumber's hostile takeover by Charles Hurwitz, and the ecological battles it engendered, from journalist Harris (The League, 1986, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"No better proof can be offered of the importance of Gould's kind of biology than this collection itself. (35 b&w illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
Thirty-four essays—count 'em—of choice Gouldian prose in this latest collection of his monthly pieces for Natural History magazine. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 1, 1996

"Concise and comprehensive, this fills an important niche in the environmental compendium of species that face annihilation at the hands of man."
In tones both reportorial and evocative of the shadowy and deadly habits of the Florida panther, Fergus chronicles the efforts of a welter of agencies and individuals to avert the extinction of this creature, which ranks high on the Endangered Species List. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"Kummer has smartly etched his name in what is fast becoming a worthy tradition—stylish writing that twines field research with campfire tale. (8 pages color plates, 34 halftones, 16 line drawings, 1 map)"
The days and nights of the hamadryas baboon are recounted in this by turns rigorous and meandering but always entertaining study from Kummer (Ethology/Univ. of Zurich). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"All in all, a strange little book.(Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A year in the life of a house cat, as told by the cat (whose name is never revealed), from the author of A Cat's Little Instruction Book (not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"Irksome, at times, but beautifully rendered and captivating."
Does the grizzly still have a toehold in southern Colorado? Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"What this volume evokes is beyond sympathy; the reader aches for Legler's pain."
The awesome vision of a woman tearing herself down to the bone and then slowly, painstakingly, recreating herself in her own image. Read full book review >
GREEN CATHEDRALS by Brian Alexander
Released: Nov. 14, 1995

Frustratingly superficial journeys to some of the world's most ecologically and politically complicated places. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"Foggy logic and bland language will leave many seekers uninspired."
Another unconvincing call to women to run with wildlife—this time the reindeer. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >