Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

IN A GREEN SHADE by Allen Lacy
NON-FICTION
Released: April 14, 2000

"Lacy's garden, like his mind, is a fine mosaic of whimsy and understatement, and a provocation for readers to go forth and cultivate. (line drawings throughout)"
Highly opinionated rambles through a variety of gardens, most of them his own, from horticulturalist and curmudgeon Lacy (The American Gardener, 1988, etc.) Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 14, 2000

"Gruesome and completely fascinating, but requires translation."
A gripping tale of four sailors adrift at sea—and the cabin boy eaten to sustain the remaining three—by British journalist Hanson. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 7, 2000

"A thoughtful tracking of the American environmental sympathies during this century that suffers only from its urge to grant the economy an imperious, overarching role."
Rothman (Devil's Bargains, not reviewed) examines the factors that have influenced Americans' perceptions of their natural world over the last 100 years and explains how those factors have shaped and reshaped our national environmental consciousness. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 3, 2000

"While genuinely humorous and ultimately light in tone, this vivid, assured debut presents substantial questions about the endurance of rural, agrarian traditions in the face of a supposedly seductive postmodern, wired mass culture."
A delightful British bestseller that harnesses the narrative of a cosmopolitan family's adoption of traditional rural life in a timeless foreign culture to an examination of the greater issues of place, identity, and modernity—all of it told with a wry selfdeprecation in appealing, lushly descriptive prose. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Fans of outdoor disaster and unpleasantry, as well as collectors of New England mountain lore, will find Howe a generally satisfying guide to New Hampshire's dark side."
A catalog of death in the New England mountains. Read full book review >

WANDERLUST by Rebecca Solnit
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Full of learned asides and juicy historical tidbits: a fine addition to the literature of rambling. (First serial rights to Outside)"
A luminous study of a little-considered but essential human capability. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"It is not necessary to be an environmental activist to find this a compelling portrait of a young woman of remarkable fortitude and dedication. (40 b&w photographs, not seen)"
A charged first-person account by an ardent environmental activist whose long-term occupation of a giant redwood tree focused public attention on the cutting of old-growth redwood forests in northern California. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Woodard's quietly passionate and focused presentation leaves little doubt about the gravity of the water world's ecological crisis. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A state-of-the-marine-environment message from journalist Woodard (Christian Science Monitor), in which the mood is dark and the tidings grim. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"It is a rare and beautiful thing, Quammen's entertaining, challenging, and sustained brilliance. No wonder he needed a break from the monthly grind; it must have been like giving blood one too many times."
The only downside to this collection of Quammen's (Wild Thoughts from Wild Places, 1997, etc.) natural history essays—and it is a painful one—is the reminder that he no longer writes them on a monthly basis. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2000

"A deliciously engaging tale of flower-power."
An exuberant romp through the surprisingly bizarre world of orchid collectors, where decorous matrons swoon over blooms, bureaucrats act like SWAT teams, and reputable scientists punch customs officers in the face. Read full book review >
WILD MINDS by Marc Hauser
NON-FICTION
Released: March 9, 2000

"A sober, rationalist take on why elephants weep and why dogs' lives may be as mysterious to them as to us. (15 b&w illus.)"
When it comes to animal behavior, Hauser (Psychology/Harvard) opts for the empirical high road over intuition every time: Anecdotes are sweet, and may prompt interesting questions, but he doesn't go basing theories on them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Vintage Gould: stimulating, erudite, and eminently enjoyable."
From the distinguished and eloquent Gould (Zoology & Geology/Harvard; Leonardo's Mountain and the Diet of Worms, 1998), a characteristically genial and stimulating intellectual stroll. 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 >