Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

THE NEARSIGHTED NATURALIST by Ann Haymond Zwinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 1998

"Lyrical, astute, passionate—an altogether charming look at the natural world. (illustrations by the author, not seen)"
paper 0-8165-1881-5 A slow-starting but ultimately intriguing collection of natural history essays written over two decades. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Not bad advice at all."
Despite a misleading title (the book is not about what UFOs are up to these days but about the state of our knowledge concerning UFOS and related phenomena), this is a fine piece of reporting. Read full book review >

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 >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >