Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 23, 1999

"Now he's off sailing around the world with his family, trusting again to that angel who has watched over his shoulder. (24 pages color photos, 50 b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Whittaker, the first American to summit Everest, tells here the story of his life thus far—he has managed to reach 70—which has been lived with the kind of intensity that only his adrenal glands can truly appreciate. Read full book review >
WASTE AND WANT by Susan Strasser
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Rummaging through the trash barrel of history has unearthed some choice, if occasionally dry, morsels of 20th-century culture. (b&w photos)"
—By their trash shall you know them" is the theme of this research-driven exploration of the rubbish and refuse habits of more than two centuries of Americans. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 14, 1999

"Dugard, an aficiando of bravado, can't explain swagger when it goes pathological, even if it unfolds into a spell of a tale. (color photos, not seen)"
Adventurer Dugard (Surviving the Toughest Race on Earth, 1998) tells the story of the 1998 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, a sailing event with the appeal of playing Russian roulette with all the chambers loaded. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 1999

"Larson captures his ignominy, and the storm in its fury. (Author tour)"
There is bad weather, and there are 100-year storms. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 3, 1999

SKIES OF FURYWeather Weirdness Around the WorldBarnes-Svarney, Patricia & Thomas Svarney Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Though Manning's contribution is dwarfed by David Quammen's Song of the Dodo, it's in the tradition of much wildlife management: another small, incremental benefit to be valued."
Manning's (Afoot in the South, not reviewed) compendious tour of ten wildlife refuges clarifies the tribulations of such establishments, as well as their critical importance. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

A WOMAN'S PASSION FOR TRAVELMore True Stories from a Woman's WorldBond, Marybeth & Pamela Michael—Eds. Read full book review >
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME by Pam Houston
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Ultimately, though, when Houston notes that 'my need to write the things that terrify me is matched only by my desire to write the things that surprise and delight,' it's clear that's she's satisfied both requirements. (Author tour)"
A collection of essays, most of which have appeared elsewhere, by novelist (Waltzing the Cat, 1998, etc.) and adventurer Houston. Read full book review >
WATCHING BIRDS by Ann Taylor
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Despite the uneven material, Taylor is always thoughtful, and her better pieces display an enviable promise as an essayist—possessing clarity and a facility with both dark and comic experiences. (20 illustrations)"
Personal essays with as many phases as the moon, that touch upon birds and birding to a greater or lesser degree. Read full book review >
VULCAN'S FURY by Alwyn Scarth
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Scarth displays considerable yarn-spinning talent in these scary narratives, and to know that they come unadorned with tall talk makes them that much more hellish. (70 b&w, 30 color illustrations, not seen)"
Eerie stories of 15 volcanic eruptions (of the geological variety), with much of the source material drawn from eyewitness and contemporary accounts and appearing in English for the first time, from geographer Scarth (Univ. of Dundee, Scotland; Savage Earth, not reviewed). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"The black-and-white images project a deep antiquity situated squarely in the present, skillfully conveying both the respect accorded these creatures and the wholesale joy and sense of community the whales bring to the far, far north."
Through intensely atmospheric pictures and a rawboned text, photographer and journalist Hess documents here his 20-year association with the annual I§upiat whale hunt in Barrow, Akaska. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

Anthropologist Ortner's (Columbia) ethnographic immersion into Sherpa life and how it has been affected by the international climbing culture is a remarkable display of agile fieldwork, sensitive to all the distinctive shadings that compose her subject. 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 >