Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 204)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 1993

"An intriguing examination of an elusive topic, with a depth and range that go beyond predictable terrain."
The concept of place has been given relatively short shrift since the overthrow of environmental determinism. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 1993

"Through it all, Bernhardt's interest in reproduction enlightens the reader in the weird and wonderful ways of plants and pollinators, sometimes to mutual benefit, but sometimes to murder, cannibalism, and other malign events that do indeed cast botany in a fascinating, unladylike light."
"The image that the study of plants was something to occupy polite ladies in nineteenth-century drawing rooms is an image of botany that is gone forever,'' says the director of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney in a foreword to this second essay collection by St. Louis University botanist Bernhardt. Read full book review >

ECOSCAM by Ronald Bailey
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Otherwise, a suitable tract for libertarians."
The rest of the book is like the title. Read full book review >
PECKED TO DEATH BY DUCKS by Tim Cahill
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Not up to Road Fever's turbo-charged standards but, still, manna for Cahill fans, who should be legion by now."
The master of adventure writing (Road Fever, 1991; A Wolverine Is Eating My Leg, 1989, etc.) continues his spree with another collection of high-wire essays culled from National Geographic, Rolling Stone, etc. ``I have been in the business of giving people back their dreams,'' declares Cahill, who means to say that he does what others only dare to dream about. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Out of this clutch will emerge a memorable few, and Shabecoff's offering, despite its flaws, has the breadth and acuity to be among them."
A wide-ranging and detailed survey of the U.S. environmental tradition from ancient Americans to Al Gore, with cogitations on the squandering, sullying, and disfiguring of our land; by former veteran New York Times correspondent Shabecoff. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"Despite adroit detailing and many highlights, these essays as a whole feel inert, unleavened by action, progress, or other people; still, reflective and informed nature writing."
A naturalist and gardener explores Arizona desert life. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"As a bonus, Jacobs supplies a razor-sharp explanation of how a paleontologist sniffs out fossils and then constructs a science from the brittle bits. (The 42 b&w illustrations—of a quizzical-looking turtle, a spinosaurus gulping down a lungfish, etc.—are uniformly superb.)"
A literate, laid-back account of fossil hunting in Africa. Read full book review >
SIGNALS FROM THE HEARTLAND by Tony Fitzpatrick
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Few will accuse Fitzpatrick of shouting prairie fire as he convincingly argues that environmental evils are upon the land, that the villains are of the nastiest sort, and that the outcome may be seriously bad news."
Fitzpatrick (science editor of Washington University's PR office) takes the measure, through interview/portraits with local land stewards, of the environmental depradations besieging the states of Illinois and Missouri. Read full book review >
NATURAL OPIUM by Diane Johnson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 14, 1993

"Maybe Johnson should have stayed at home."
Peevish, polished travel reports by a novelist (Health and Happiness, 1990, etc.), biographer (Dashiell Hammett, 1983), and book critic (Terrorists and Novelists, 1982). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Environmentalists may be outraged but, even so, Fumento sheds light as well as heat."
How to stop worrying about technology—and learn to love it; by the author of The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS (1989). Read full book review >
SKY'S WITNESS by C.L. Rawlins
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Fatty with extraneous material, but the lean goods are there, and worth digging out. (Line drawings.)"
Twelve long months in the Wyoming mountains, by a free-lance writer (Sierra Magazine, etc.) and poet. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Enough feminine overtones (tears, worry about eyelashes, plus the voice of a middle-aged woman) to make a solid, no-frills adventure for women as well as men. (Eight pages of color photographs—not seen.) (First serial rights to Cosmopolitan)"
Simple, appealing account of a woman's solo ski trek to the magnetic North Pole. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >