Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 20, 1995

"All in all, a strange little book.(Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
A year in the life of a house cat, as told by the cat (whose name is never revealed), from the author of A Cat's Little Instruction Book (not reviewed). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 17, 1995

"Irksome, at times, but beautifully rendered and captivating."
Does the grizzly still have a toehold in southern Colorado? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 1995

"What this volume evokes is beyond sympathy; the reader aches for Legler's pain."
The awesome vision of a woman tearing herself down to the bone and then slowly, painstakingly, recreating herself in her own image. Read full book review >
GREEN CATHEDRALS by Brian Alexander
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 14, 1995

Frustratingly superficial journeys to some of the world's most ecologically and politically complicated places. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 13, 1995

"Foggy logic and bland language will leave many seekers uninspired."
Another unconvincing call to women to run with wildlife—this time the reindeer. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 1995

"Compelling reading, but because of all the disaster-site details, not for the squeamish. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
For over 20 years, Hebard has devoted much of her time to saving people's lives as part of a human-canine volunteer rescue team. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 6, 1995

"An extraordinary tale of man-animal interaction related with bemusement, wonder, and ultimately, reverence for the complexity of nature. (color photos, not seen)"
In his first book, naturalist and wildlife artist Hutto beautifully chronicles an audacious, inventive experiment in ethologythe imprinting and subsequent rearing of two broods of wild turkeys in the flatwoods of north Florida. Read full book review >
ANOTHER TURN OF THE CRANK by Wendell Berry
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Small towns, with their fringe of 40-acre spreads, couldn't ask for a more articulate defender."
Berry (Watch with Me, 1994, etc.), small-town Kentuckian and agrarian philosopher, massages his favorite themes of community and small-is-beautiful in six brief, clear-as-a-bell essays. ``I am an agrarian: I think that farming is a high and difficult art . . . Read full book review >
OLD AGE IS ANOTHER COUNTRY by Page Smith
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"A bit of clear thinking on some age-old questions about old age."
In a series of generally sage essays, historian Smith (Democracy on Trial, p. 767, etc.) forsakes public chronicles for the private kind as he describes the passage toward a destination from whose bourne no traveler is likely to return. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"These small flaws aside, this is an equally informative and entertaining work, one that will be a delight not only to medievalists, but to all who wish a respite from the pace, technology, and other perplexities of contemporary life."
Wroe, who studied medieval history at Oxford and is now the American editor of the Economist, uses a real-life 14th-century mystery as a ``springboard'' for an intimate, well-crafted profile of late medieval life in the town of Rodez in southwest France. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 1, 1995

"Still, this is a fascinating and visually arresting record of a man's search for place and a pictorial chronicle of a vanishing landscape. (b&w photos)"
A biography of perhaps the Everglades' most renowned photographer, featuring startling black-and-white images of a primeval-looking landscape. Read full book review >
HISTORIC HAUNTED AMERICA by Michael Norman
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 31, 1995

"The only real fright in this book is that Norman (Scott died in 1994) might have enough material left over to add another volume to the Haunted series. (Author tour)"
Norman and Scott (Haunted America, 1994, etc.) scare up yet another spiritless collection of eerie goings-on across the USA and Canada. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >