Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

COLD OCEANS by Jon Turk
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Genuine adventure and poignant self-exploration, too. (Author tour)"
A chemist-turned-adventurer retraces the footsteps of polar explorers in some of the harshest conditions the earth has to offer. Read full book review >
ONE RIVER MORE by W.D. Wetherell
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"It is a humility that becomes him."
These pieces glow like a well-tended smudge fire, fending off the banality of what has come to pass as fishing stories—the pompous pretensions of the competitive jet-set angler—from Wetherell (North of Now, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

POSTCARDS FROM THE LEDGE by Greg Child
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Veteran readers of Climbing magazine, from which most of these pieces are taken, will be glad to have Child's occasional journalism in book form. (25 b&w photos)"
A solid collection of the author's mountain-climbing journalism, for which he is widely known. Read full book review >
MEMOIRS OF A PET THERAPIST by Warren Eckstein
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Only dyed-in-the-wool Eckstein fanatics will find any reason to plow through this starstruck memoir. (b&w photos)"
An uninspired autobiography from animal psychologist/behaviorist/communicator Eckstein (Understanding Your Pet, 1986, etc.), whose destiny was sealed by a rat. Read full book review >
FRESH WATER by E.C. Pielou
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Pielou writes with clarity and a feel for words, and her affection for the subject at hand is immediately and infectiously communicated to readers. (81 b&w illustrations)"
A crystal-clear introduction to the physics, character, and exquisite grace of fresh water, from naturalist Pielou (After the Ice Age, not reviewed). Read full book review >

SKATING TO ANTARCTICA by Jenny Diski
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 27, 1998

"Diski's Antarctica-of-the-mind is such a place."
Antarctica is not so much a destination as a symptom in this intense, disturbing memoir of a wickedly unpleasant childhood. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 7, 1998

"Allin shares a talent seen in two other recent Walker books, Dava Sobel's Longitude and James deKay's Monitor: the ability to make an obscure subject incandescent through crisp storytelling and a felicitous handling of arcane details. (illustrations, not seen)"
In 1827, a giraffe sailed from Egypt to Marseille. Read full book review >
FALL OF THE PHANTOM LORD by Andrew Todhunter
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 4, 1998

"Classic participant-observer journalism—informed and heady—that brightly illuminates the strange, enthralling world of risk sports."
A thoughtful, elegant portrait of risky business, focusing on rock climber and leaper Dan Osman, and with much startling autobiographical material from Atlantic Monthly contributor Todhunter. Read full book review >
SWALLOW SUMMER by Charles R. Brown
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"If Brown teaches his university classes with the same relaxed aplomb with which he delivers this study, then he, unlike the swarming cliff swallow, is a rare bird. (photos, not seen)"
Out there in the brute world, Brown (Biology/Univ. of Tulsa), a former curator of ornithology at Yale's Peabody Museum of Natural History, encounters rape and pillage, parasitism and unbridled egotism—just another day in the life of the cliff swallow. Read full book review >
SILENT THUNDER by Katy Payne
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"Not just a book on elephants and their surprisingly active verbal lives, but an informed discussion on the policies and future of man and beast in Africa."
In an account that is finally a philosophical and political meditation on wildlife, a biologist studies the long-distance, nearly imperceptible rumblings of elephants and ponders the fate of Africa's elephant herds. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"A fascinating meditation on delusion and desire, this is an American tale."
Thomas Pynchon meets Hunter S. Thompson (stylistically) in a novelistic account of the US government's secret air base known as "Area 51." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 27, 1998

"Her reticence, her unwillingness to reveal herself in spite of the genre she has chosen, leaves leaves this smartly titled work curiously dull."
A collection of essays that combine elements of cultural observation and memoir without fully realizing either. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >