Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

Released: Jan. 1, 1993

"Gould says the columns will continue through January 2001—for which readers everywhere should be grateful. (Drawings.)"
Who could resist a title like that—and, knowing the author, who wouldn't surmise that Gould (Bully for Brontosaurus, 1991, etc.) is again up to his old trick of demonstrating that five fingers and five toes are not the primordial/canonical mammalian standard. Read full book review >
THE CRYSTAL DESERT by David G. Campbell
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

"Fits nicely alongside Stephen Pyne's The Ice (1986) on the very slim shelf of first-rate Antarctic natural histories."
A glittering, curlicued natural history of Antarctica: Campbell's literary debut and a Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award winner. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 10, 1992

"There's something of a distancing effect when it comes to people, but, otherwise: a very well-done wilderness diary."
A series of visits to nine different desert areas in the American West and Southwest, by the author of Night Life (1989), etc. Over an 18-month period, logging 25,000 miles, Kappel-Smith recorded her observations of life and death in the desert, and made line drawings of everything she saw, from animals to the cacti and dunes. Read full book review >
TRAVELS WITH TED AND NED by Theodore M. Hesburgh
Released: Nov. 1, 1992

"This embarrassment aside, the excellent adventures of Ted & Ned prove a fine antidote to cabin fever."
Engaging fluff, as Catholic priest and former Notre Dame president Hesburgh (God, Country, Notre Dame, 1990) spends his first year in retirement poking around the world. Read full book review >
BAT BOMB by Jack Couffer
Released: Oct. 31, 1992

"A well-told, stranger-than-fiction tale that could make a terrific movie. (Thirty-three b&w photographs—not seen.)"
Another batman has returned—this one with inside information on a wondrously droll, highly classified yarn from WW II. Read full book review >

CAPSIZED by James Nalepka
Released: Oct. 21, 1992

"An earnest and engrossing, if overwritten, addition to the literature of survival, though not on a par with coauthor Callahan's tale. (Eight pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
In 1989, Nalepka and three companions capsized in a trimaran off New Zealand and spent a record 118 days adrift. Read full book review >
BACK TO THE CONGO by Lieve Joris
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

"A deliberately impressionistic rather than definitive account, with Joris's perceptive insights and palpable sympathies for a long-suffering people making it more than just another travel book."
A frank and open-minded account from Flemish journalist Joris of her venture into Zaire, formerly called the Congo, the infamous inspiration for Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Read full book review >
THE FATE OF THE ELEPHANT by Douglas H. Chadwick
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"Chadwick has done his homework, but with nuggets of elephant lore and legend scattered indiscriminately throughout, the text is no smooth ride."
All you need to know and more about the status quo of the threatened pachyderm—in an exhaustive survey by biologist-writer Chadwick (A Beast the Color of Winter, 1983). Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"By and large, a decidedly tedious trek."
Muddled, shapeless, self-consciously sensitive travel essays that record newcomer Hiestand's adventures in two familiar locales (the Everglades and the Greek isles) and two less well-traveled ones (Belize and Scotland's Orkney Islands). Read full book review >
THE CAT INSIDE by William S. Burroughs
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The hipster's (and hepcat's) answer to Cleveland Amory."
The septuagenarian beatnik would seem to be the least likely author of a cat book, but Burroughs has clearly mellowed some and here celebrates his favorite "psychic companions." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Exceeding well written and one of the most depressing records in recent memory of the triumph of greed—enough to make the angels weep."
Walters (The Dance of Life, 1987) movingly chronicles the extinction of a species. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Another seemingly clear-cut victory for the tireless defenders of wildlife, who tell a lively tale tinged with that smugness typical of Western conservationists who expect the impossible of poor Africa. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
From the couple who publicized the plight of the wildebeest in the Kalahari (Cry of the Kalahari, 1984)—a further search for a wilderness paradise in Africa, pitting the energetic duo against elephant poachers in northern Zambia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >