Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"It's a profoundly moving act of courage, of interest to all concerned with the best—and the worst—of the human spirit."
No doubt Lydon's title alludes to Home Fires, Donald Katz's 1992 study of her nuclear family as an American microcosm. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Impressive research and a clear message—if somewhat tedious in the telling."
An earnest dissertation on environmentalism as a complex social movement that began in response to industrialization, urbanization, and the closing of the frontier. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 21, 1993

"A profound work that will hook readers from the start."
A bold and eloquent work in which New York Times editorial page director Raines (Whiskey Man, My Soul Is Rested—both 1977) looks at his obsession with fly fishing as cause, symptom, and remedy for the woes of middle-aging. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 20, 1993

"History, politics, and anecdotes combine in a fluid, highly readable mix: This may not break new ground in its call for change- -but it still provides compelling evidence, from a variety of perspectives, that change is urgently needed."
Montana journalist Robbins turns a sharp, environmentally friendly eye on the multifaceted ecological crisis now being experienced in the mountains, plains, parks, and private lands of the West. Read full book review >
DINOSAUR HUNTERS by David A.E. Spalding
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

Solid and engrossing history of collecting the Big Ones (and their little brethren), by a science writer and museum advisor. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Thirty-two pages of maps and photos—not seen)."
Generation-spanning tales of the North Pacific from a Pulitzer-winning historian who's also a gifted storyteller. Read full book review >
SACRED TRUSTS by Michael Katakis
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"Given a wide readership, there are enough powerful essays here to make a real dent in our collective environmental consciousness. (Illustrations)"
Katakis (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial—not reviewed) pulls together 30 original essays, some stunning and a few forgettable, hinging on the environmental buzz notion of ``stewardship.'' Essays like Gary Paul Nabhan's memoir of his strange night spent camping amid the dump heap of a desert bordello (``That was the first time I had come to read trash. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"There's no deep revelation of the spirit of America here, but the ride is good fun, and the characters and dialogue are as alluring as in many novels. (Eight pages of b&w photographs, map- -not seen)"
Cosmopolitan columnist Kurtz (Mantalk, 1987, etc.) chronicles her voyage of discovery made by criss-crossing the country on Greyhound buses. Read full book review >
A PLACE ON THE WATER by Jerry Dennis
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch—like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations—some seen)"
Pleasant essays—five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America—on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Dave Foreman's Confessions of an Eco-Warrior (1991)."
A ranging and generally cogent portrait—and defense—of Earth First!, the activist organization dedicated to the proposition that, as far as Earth is concerned, humans should return to the Pleistocene. Read full book review >
THE GREEN FUSE by John Harte
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Harte manages his avuncular tone with a sure hand, avoids preachy pratfalls, and keeps us enthralled through a sense of pace, a plentitude of wondrous minutiae, and awesome glimpses of the big picture. (Ten drawings)"
Earth won't forget the environmentally destructive acts inflicted by human hand, warns Harte (Energy and Resources/UC Berkeley) in this impressive study of the global ecosystem—and when the bills fall due, the payback will be dear if we don't cease and desist. Read full book review >
MILES AWAY by Miles Morland
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"In its way, more charming than Peter Mayle, and certainly not to be missed if you plan a hike through southern France. (Map)"
Warmhearted, lightly humorous, food-strewn story of the author's walking trip across France with his wife. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >