Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

INDIA UNBOUND by Gurcharan Das
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 26, 2001

"Extremely useful reading for anyone seeking to invest in or do business with India, and for students of the global economy generally."
A sturdy—and highly optimistic—analysis of Indian politics and economics. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 20, 2001

"Triumphalistic, rah-rah, self-congratulatory: should have been published in the '70s."
In this predictable, and predictably dull, paean to Great Womyn, we meet female warriors, from Amazons to ladies who dressed in drag to fight the American Civil War. Read full book review >

THE MIRROR by Sabine Melchior-Bonnet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2001

"A stylish, erudite meditation worthy of its provocative subject."
Beginning with a tale of early modern industrial espionage, newcomer Melchior-Bonnet considers the mirror's significance in moral, religious, and philosophical discourse throughout history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2001

"Better works on the subject are readily available."
Serviceable survey of the role of African-Americans in the US military. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"All contemplative types, but latter-day Thoreau-worshippers especially, will love these meditations. The world-weary, however, may grumble a bit."
The swamps of western Maryland provide the setting for a series of poised (if somewhat precious) meditations on our universal human desire to define, clarify, categorize, and plan. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Although this aims to be the next Perfect Storm or Into Thin Air, it lacks the smooth narration and intense drama that appeals to mainstream audiences. Still, it's a worthwhile read for aspiring military heroes or sportsmen obsessed with Alaska."
An action-packed tribute to the parajumpers (PJs) of the US Special Command Forces. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Sometimes the message gets lost in the accumulation of detail about the medium, but a useful record as well as a timely history."
An exhaustively documented history of the changes African-American actors have experienced in television since its beginnings. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating account of triumph against adversity, turned inside out."
A vigorous account of the improbable history that connects the near-extinction of the Pequot tribe in the late-18th century with their dominance of New England gaming in the late 20th. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Informative, deeply felt, and often moving, but unlikely to appeal to the general reader."
Thirty-three Haitians and Haitian-Americans reflect on their experiences away from the island. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF THE WIFE by Marilyn Yalom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"No startling new insights here, but a useful and refreshingly cheerful overview of women's changing roles in marriage and society."
An upbeat history of the evolution of marriage, "wifedom," and women's status through European and American history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"People magazine for the mutual-fund set."
A banker catalogues America's wealthiest men and women. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"The premise of the volume—that women everywhere and in every time have been intimately linked to plants in a sort of flora and femme sisterhood—may well turn the stomachs of women who came of age after the early 1970s. But the meat of it will captivate readers of all ages."
Editors Hogan and Peterson (Intimate Nature, 1998) are back with women and plants, and the essays and poems they have brought together are dazzling. 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 >