Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

Released: April 26, 1993

"Tough, timely talk: an important book on an increasingly hot topic."
In a book that's bound to be controversial, New Yorker staff writer Bonner (Weakness and Deceit, 1984) charges Western animal- rights activists with practicing ``eco-colonialism,'' which he deems as detrimental to the people of Africa as old-style colonialism. Read full book review >
ALIEN CONTACT by Timothy Good
Released: April 22, 1993

"Jacques Vallee (Revelations, 1991, etc.). (Photographs—not seen.)"
Not only do the aliens walk among us but, until recently, they were working tentacle-in-hand with the US military—or so British ufologist Good (Above Top Secret, 1988) implies in this erratically organized, incredible report. Read full book review >

Released: April 21, 1993

"A persuasive and informed plea to change the way we garden, thoughtfully defying old wisdom and suggesting, without ever being didactic, just what can be achieved even on the smallest suburban lot."
A personal perspective on the growing movement toward more natural and ecologically sound gardens in which snakes are as welcome as butterflies. Read full book review >
FAITH IN A SEED by Henry D. Thoreau
Released: April 20, 1993

"Compared to Walden, this may be minor Thoreau—but its publication is still a major, and happy, literary event. (Sixty b&w illustrations) (First printing of 25,000)"
The first—and no doubt final—Thoreau book of the century. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"An English export, then, that can't quite manage the crossing. (Photos)"
An extended critique of English travel writing from the 19th century to the present day, by British biographer and journalist Cocker. ``The central, unifying principle in travel books,'' according to Cocker, ``is that abroad is always a metaphysical blank sheet on which the traveller could write or rewrite the story, as he or she would wish it to be.'' England has produced a rich array of such work, and Cocker examines some of the more (and less) famous practitioners of the genre. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 1993

"Tuan is a connoisseur of the arcane tidbit, but synthesis is not his forte."
Tuan (Geography/University of Wisconsin at Madison) attempts to elevate the idea of the aesthetic to what he considers its proper place in the social context, in particular to its place as the impetus behind the formation and sustaining of cultural systems. Read full book review >
THE LAST PANDA by George B. Schaller
Released: April 1, 1993

"Classic Schaller, with a punch—score one for the panda. (Twenty-seven color plates, nine maps—not seen.) (First printing of 20,000)"
Will the beloved giant panda go the way of the dinosaur and the dodo? Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 1993

"Despite the flaws, though: a sweeping critique—its proposals cool, smart, and imaginative—with enough common sense to give the most die-hard environmentalists pause."
An exhaustive analysis—and allocation—of environmental responsibility along global and national lines from a legal viewpoint, with a glance at the ethical dimensions of the problem. Read full book review >
THE SECRET FOREST by Charles Bowden
Released: April 1, 1993

"A vibrant sketch imbued with elegance, mystery, and charm. (Sixty color photographs by Pulitzer-winning photographer Jack Dykinga)"
Tales of the brute geography of tropical Sonora, told with originality by a writer known for prose with an offbeat edge. Read full book review >
Released: March 22, 1993

"Informative and solid—if not especially gripping—and a valuable reminder that despite the extent of world environmental crises, motivated women and men can still make changes for the better. (Photographs.)"
Profiles in courage from the environmental front, as Wallace (ed., The New Environmental Handbook—not reviewed) presents a remarkable group of individuals whose efforts on behalf of the planet have earned each of them a $60,000 Goldman Prize for environmental activism. Read full book review >
Released: March 10, 1993

"Very slender, and, for the most part, very disappointing."
Overwritten collection of poems, stories, and essays from the Philippine-born Hagedorn (Dogeaters, 1990). Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 1993

"On the other hand, the author knows American business and businesspeople thoroughly, making this an important management tool for a cleaner era."
Massive information-gathering and a dedicated belief in the potential profitability of green business practices distinguish this lively manual for the environmental reform of companies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >