Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

"As a bonus, Jacobs supplies a razor-sharp explanation of how a paleontologist sniffs out fossils and then constructs a science from the brittle bits. (The 42 b&w illustrations—of a quizzical-looking turtle, a spinosaurus gulping down a lungfish, etc.—are uniformly superb.)"
A literate, laid-back account of fossil hunting in Africa. Read full book review >
SIGNALS FROM THE HEARTLAND by Tony Fitzpatrick
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 20, 1993

"Few will accuse Fitzpatrick of shouting prairie fire as he convincingly argues that environmental evils are upon the land, that the villains are of the nastiest sort, and that the outcome may be seriously bad news."
Fitzpatrick (science editor of Washington University's PR office) takes the measure, through interview/portraits with local land stewards, of the environmental depradations besieging the states of Illinois and Missouri. Read full book review >

NATURAL OPIUM by Diane Johnson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 14, 1993

"Maybe Johnson should have stayed at home."
Peevish, polished travel reports by a novelist (Health and Happiness, 1990, etc.), biographer (Dashiell Hammett, 1983), and book critic (Terrorists and Novelists, 1982). Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 13, 1993

"Environmentalists may be outraged but, even so, Fumento sheds light as well as heat."
How to stop worrying about technology—and learn to love it; by the author of The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS (1989). Read full book review >
SKY'S WITNESS by C.L. Rawlins
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 4, 1993

"Fatty with extraneous material, but the lean goods are there, and worth digging out. (Line drawings.)"
Twelve long months in the Wyoming mountains, by a free-lance writer (Sierra Magazine, etc.) and poet. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Enough feminine overtones (tears, worry about eyelashes, plus the voice of a middle-aged woman) to make a solid, no-frills adventure for women as well as men. (Eight pages of color photographs—not seen.) (First serial rights to Cosmopolitan)"
Simple, appealing account of a woman's solo ski trek to the magnetic North Pole. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Gould says the columns will continue through January 2001—for which readers everywhere should be grateful. (Drawings.)"
Who could resist a title like that—and, knowing the author, who wouldn't surmise that Gould (Bully for Brontosaurus, 1991, etc.) is again up to his old trick of demonstrating that five fingers and five toes are not the primordial/canonical mammalian standard. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL DESERT by David G. Campbell
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Fits nicely alongside Stephen Pyne's The Ice (1986) on the very slim shelf of first-rate Antarctic natural histories."
A glittering, curlicued natural history of Antarctica: Campbell's literary debut and a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award winner. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"There's something of a distancing effect when it comes to people, but, otherwise: a very well-done wilderness diary."
A series of visits to nine different desert areas in the American West and Southwest, by the author of Night Life (1989), etc. Over an 18-month period, logging 25,000 miles, Kappel-Smith recorded her observations of life and death in the desert, and made line drawings of everything she saw, from animals to the cacti and dunes. Read full book review >
TRAVELS WITH TED AND NED by Theodore M. Hesburgh
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"This embarrassment aside, the excellent adventures of Ted & Ned prove a fine antidote to cabin fever."
Engaging fluff, as Catholic priest and former Notre Dame president Hesburgh (God, Country, Notre Dame, 1990) spends his first year in retirement poking around the world. Read full book review >
BAT BOMB by Jack Couffer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"A well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale that could make a terrific movie. (Thirty-three b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another batman has returned—this one with inside information on a wondrously droll, highly classified yarn from WW II. Read full book review >
CAPSIZED by James Nalepka
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An earnest and engrossing, if overwritten, addition to the literature of survival, though not on a par with coauthor Callahan's tale. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In 1989, Nalepka and three companions capsized in a trimaran off New Zealand and spent a record 118 days adrift. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >