Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 31, 2000

"For the most part, Porritt views science as arrogant, lacking in compassion, not open to public participation or scrutiny, and far from holistic. Leaving aside what scientists themselves might say in response, one wonders whether such accusations will do any good in the end."
An attack on the "medical-industrial" complex by a British environmentalist who was the director of Friends of the Earth from 1984 to 1990. Read full book review >
THE ENGLISH by Jeremy Paxman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 31, 2000

"Immensely popular in Britain—and England, too!—Paxman's informative, fact-studded book will enlighten and entertain everyone who seeks to learn of yesterday's England and today's 'Cool Britannia.'"
A deeply serious yet wonderfully lively, witty, and heartfelt study of the Mother Country. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2000

"An ill-digested mix, although not without its felicities."
Here's an urban legend that turns out to be true: the pathologist who autopsied Albert Einstein kept his brain, and magazine journalist Paterniti spent a nutty couple of weeks with him, ferrying it to California. Read full book review >
SEX AND REAL ESTATE by Marjorie Garber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 5, 2000

"An inventive, erudite analysis from a scholar and homeowner."
Mixing cultural criticism with a belletristic style of writing, Garber (English/Harvard) argues that people love their houses as truly and as passionately as each other. Read full book review >
ROADS by Larry McMurtry
NON-FICTION
Released: July 5, 2000

"Seldom deep, McMurtry's driver's-seat ruminations are unlikely to win him new fans, but his prose unwinds in a deceptively simple, winning manner."
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist McMurtry (Duane's Depressed, 1998, etc.) takes a rambling bookman's holiday on America's great interstates, hoping to "reread some of these roads as I might a book." Read full book review >

THE MONITOR CHRONICLES by William Marvel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 3, 2000

"A unique history, unusually accessible because it is taken largely from the pen of a long-dead sailor. No prior knowledge of maritime practice or Civil War arcana necessary. (100 b&w and color illustrations)"
During the Civil War, some 172 feet of seagoing iron, with a deck a mere foot-and-a-half above the water line, made the world's navies instantly obsolete. That's maritime history, retold here. The human story, too, is told by one of the ship's crewmen. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"The book comes full circle, right back to 'What now,' and is best fit for those who delight in zero-sum policy wrangling."
A turgid but well-meant attempt to decentralize environmental standards, embellish grassroots activism, and tap industry goodwill to fashion a new blueprint for environmental action, from academics Sabel, Fung, and Karkkainen. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Suffering from the same stilted emotionalism that plagued Cameron's movie, Pellegrino's study nevertheless provides gripping reading due to the inherent fascination of the ship and her watery grave."
A haphazard eulogy to the big boat that refuses to release her grip on the popular imagination. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Other hyphenated Americans who have experienced discrimination and confusion about their heritage will find this often funny and graceful book simpatico."
Three generations in America doesn't necessarily take the sting out of being an immigrant, as described in this appealing and sometimes thought-provoking memoir that moves from suburban New Jersey to Italy's southern provinces. Read full book review >
A RUM AFFAIR by Karl Sabbagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Much has been made of the slowness of the scientific community to accept new theories (evolution, relativity); Sabbagh offers an illuminating, if not always engaging, account of the virtues of such skepticism. (photos)"
A thorough investigation (first published in Britain in 1999) into a case of deviant science from the 1930s and 1940s. Read full book review >
ROUND THE WORLD AGAIN IN 80 DAYS by Jean Cocteau
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A light-footed but penetrating survey of the land of the Other that rebukes the artificial weightiness of later French cultural criticism."
A surrealist's 1936 diary of a voyage meant to recapitulate Jules Verne's classic fantasy of modern travel. Gilbert's translation is accompanied by a new introduction explaining the author's relationship with his companion, Marcel Khill. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"Shaw's pleasing formality and attention to detail do a first-rate job of re-creating the atmosphere on deck the Flying Cloud, and of the world seen through the eyes of her navigator. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A precise and intimate chronicle of the fabled Flying Cloud's record-setting run from New York City to San Francisco in 1851, engagingly told by sailing writer Shaw (Daring the Sea, not reviewed). 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 >