Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"He has carved an important niche for himself as a nature writer."
Richly nuanced, well-mulled, enormously gratifying descriptions of chance encounters with wildlife from freelancer Childs (Stone Desert, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Highly recommended for geographers and students of the American scene. (51 illustrations, not seen)"
A large and varied sampler of essays by the late doyen of American cultural geography, who died in 1996. Read full book review >

THIS DEATH BY DROWNING by William Kloefkorn
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Water drenches these pages, written about in a style that both immerses and quenches."
An elegant, moving little book from the current state poet of Nebraska that reflects the author's fascination and intense personal involvement with waters big and small, from farm ponds to the South Pacific. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"Masson may be an anecdotist, but he is also a graceful, powerful, informed writer. He knows how to keep our cogs turning."
Riding the wave generated by his bestselling When Elephants Weep (1995), Masson offers further clever musings on the emotional lives of animals, concentrating on that most fervent practitioner of interspecies devotion, Rover. Read full book review >
POLAR DANCE by Fred Bruemmer
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"A handsome, eye-opening work."
The polar bear, the largest land carnivore, ranges over some five million miles of snow-covered northern land and frozen sea. Read full book review >

A FLY-FISHING LIFE by William G. Tapply
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"If fishing 'continues to shape and define'' him, it's made him into a dependable, interesting expert with a nasty backlash."
Fly-fishing writings from mystery novelist (Close to the Bone, 1996, etc.) and Field & Stream contributing editor Tapply that are his "way of exploring what all those hours on the water have meant.'' Read full book review >
TWO-GUN COHEN by Daniel S. Levy
Released: Aug. 26, 1997

"A diverting tale of the life and crimes of a unique Old China Hand, intertwined with the story of modern China. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Soon after the turn of the century a Jewish Cockney adventurer arrived in Canada, seeking his—or somebody's—fortune. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 1997

"Should find an enthusiastic audience among naturalists with an interest in wild places, whether they've already explored the Boundary Waters or are simply content to accept Gruchow's version of it."
Meandering essays, some in journal form, on the author's experiences hiking, canoeing, and camping—alone and with friends and students—in the five-million-acre Minnesota-Ontario border ecosystem called the Boundary Waters. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Over and above everything, though, is Roberts's surpassing love for horses, captured here in his evocations of the horses he has trained over a career spanning four decades. (Author tour)"
The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Add Bowers to that embarrassment of riches."
Delicious, closely observed place vignettes of southeastern Arizona, from naturalist Bowers (A Full Life in a Small Place and Other Essays from a Desert Garden, 1995). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 12, 1997

"O'Connor's documentary of the same title will be released this year."
Portrait of a little-reported contemporary gold rush, awash in blood. Read full book review >
WITH CHATWIN by Susannah Clapp
Released: Aug. 7, 1997

"This tribute captures both sides with grace and charm—a must-read for all his fans."
Clapp, who was Bruce Chatwin's dedicated editor at the British publisher Jonathan Cape, offers a delightful remembrance of the celebrated travel writer and novelist, drawing on her own experiences and on those of his closest friends. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >