Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"Like refugees running from the onslaught, they are grabbing their most precious tokens of remembrance and stealing them off to an uncertain future, while they can."
The World Wildlife Fund has been working to preserve a selection of unique and biologically diverse terrestrial, freshwater, and marine habitats, a project called Global 200. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 18, 1999

"Very disappointing, naive solutions to the urgent environmental problems so well outlined in part one. (Author tour)"
Second-rate eco-spirituality from the well-known environmentalist guru Hartmann (The Prophet's Way; Beyond ADD; etc.). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

TESTOSTERONE PLANETTrue Stories from a Man's WorldO'Reilly, Sean; Larry Habegger & James O'Reilly—Eds. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 1999

"A dazzling mix of environmental studies, urban history, and cultural criticism."
A formidable intellectual history of how Los Angeles, the locus of postwar American dreams, became the avatar of national nightmares of physical and social destruction. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1999

"A forgettable fog of blather and self-indulgence. (photos, not seen)"
The Everest mill continues to grind the grist of May 1996, and the results get thinner and thinner, as witness this humorless, more-cosmic-than-thou account, from a Danish psychotherapist and writer. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 1999

"First-class entertainments, just outrageous enough that when White comes to spin them to his grandchildren, they won't believe a word."
Novelist White (The Mangrove Coast, 1998, etc.) skimmed the cream off his Outside magazine adventure-travel column for this collection of stouthearted, amusing essays. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 17, 1999

"Like the salvage job he represents, Beasant fails to deliver the goods."
Beasant tries to light a fire of suspense under the mysterious cargo carried by the torpedoed WWII liberty ship USS John Barry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 1999

"Likely 95 percent will reevaluate their career options. (b&w photos throughout, 16 pages color photos)"
The life of a globetrotting animal doctor, ungussied and enthusiastic. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 9, 1999

"And while Durr's memoir is generally lacking in surprises, it makes for a pleasant enough exercise in armchair travel."
A well-written tale of life on Alaskan fishing boats in pre-pipeline days. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 7, 1999

"An uneven account with many perceptive, lyrical passages."
A coming-of-age memoir by a young Canadian woman with a literary bent whose three-year sojourn in a Buddhist kingdom in the Himalayas challenged her values, changed her religion, and altered her life's course. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 2, 1999

"Hope springs eternal."
Slice it this way, slice it that, there's no escaping the drastic changes in store for the New England fishermen, reports Carey (Raven's Children: An Alaskan Culture at Twilight, 1992) in this nonetheless undespairing book. Read full book review >
SOME HORSES by Thomas McGuane
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"This book is a payback, an inclusive horse-hug, a humble confession of love, a thing—like its subject—of spare beauty."
It is a small world, the one made up of cutting horses and their lovers, but novelist McGuane (Nothing But Blue Skies, 1992, etc.) invests it with such urgent purpose and unimagined beauty, even the most horse-shy will feel the pull of its attraction. 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 >