Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A great idea, much research, but overwrought and overwritten. (12 maps)"
Accounts of how the weather has affected human history (mostly military) from Noah to 'Nam. Read full book review >
HOPE by Marian Fowler
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Jean-Baptiste Tavernier, the diamond's first European owner, called it 'un beau violet'—perhaps the only possible description more purple than Fowler's prose."
An amusing, if gaga, history of the world's most prized blue stone, from a specialist in the biography of luxury. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Even so, Stille is an exemplary reporter, and he offers here just the thing to add to a history buff's stack of bedside reading."
On deteriorating masterpieces, disintegrating temples, declining Latin, and other markers of the race to save history from humanity. Read full book review >
A GARDEN FROM A HUNDRED PACKETS OF SEED by James Fenton
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Narrow but charming."
Fenton's highly personal musings on gardening with flowers that can be grown from seed. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A must for literary fishing enthusiasts; a pleasant diversion for the rest of us."
Much-praised nonfiction author Frazier (On the Rez, 2000, etc.) gathers together 20 years of musings on fishing in one slim but entertaining volume. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A readable, provocative treatise that 'gets outside the box' in a huge way. Timely and inspiring."
Noted eco-designers suggest a paradigm shift in human habits of manufacture and consumption. Read full book review >
SULTRY CLIMATES by Ian Littlewood
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"Much travel is for pleasure, and Littlewood has made the obvious, if not widely acknowledged leap, returning with a wealth of sensual travelers' tales, sordid to voltaic. His points are well taken."
A survey of the erotic lines of force that run through the habits of travel abroad from the 17th century to the present. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"A promising start, muddled middle, and heart-pounding finish."
Former Chicago Tribune editor Squires (The Secrets of the Hopewell Box, 1996, etc.), a horse breeder since 1990, relates how Lady Luck took a shine to his Two Bucks Farm and gave him a Kentucky Derby winner. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"In the absence of solid evidence, firm answers are in short supply here. Still, the shrewd guesswork and engaging story are a pleasure to follow."
An absorbing work of scholarly detection reconstructs an ancient mariner's transoceanic voyage. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2001

"All bark and no bite. (line drawings)"
Coren (Why We Love the Dogs We Do, 1998, etc.) argues, with no discernible irony, that events and people as disparate as Waterloo and Richard Wagner would have been very different without the influence of dogs. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 30, 2001

"A year well spent and carefully recorded: heedful, respectful, and filled with the romance of being out of doors."
An attentive year with the ospreys of Cape Cod, from the capable hands of Gessner (A Wild, Rank Place, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
THE DECADENT TRAVELLER by Medlar Lucan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 29, 2001

"A cesspool of a travelogue that few will be likely to wade through."
The continued escapades of the authors of The Decadent Cookbook (not reviewed), who hit the road in search of adventure. 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 >