Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2000

"Despite too much mannered, precious prose, this is a collection offering plenty of small pleasures."
A painter's meditation on his garden that mixes a bit too much lyricism with some original observations and knowledge of plants. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURIST by Robert Young Pelton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2000

"An interesting narrative killed off by its own bluster."
If an inflated ego and unbridled machismo were all it took to write well, Pelton (The World's Most Dangerous Places, not reviewed) would unseat Shakespeare. Read full book review >

TEEWINOT by Jack Turner
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2000

"Turner's writing is muscular, never swaggering, and almost lyrical, summoning a Teton Range in its rightful, sublime austerity. His own sensibilities, though, are a bit overdone at times. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Mountaineer Turner's (The Abstract Wild, 1996) portrait of a Teton guiding season is a measured luxuriance in the landscape, a love song to the natural history of a place, and a tad self-conscious and defensive tale. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAIN WORLD by Gregory McNamee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2000

"Extensive and provocative: This collection will fire in readers the need to head for the hills in all weathers. (20 b&w line drawings, not seen)"
Mountains have been everything to people at one time or another—wild and terrifying, comfort and sanctuary— but it is in their transcendence "from our normal modes of being" that McNamee (Blue Mountains Far Away, etc.) chose the material in this broad and powerful collection. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2000

"Not as gripping as Into Thin Air, but fans of daring outdoor exploits (especially those with long memories) will find this a satisfying armchair adventure."
A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure's nastier details and some of the team's more rancorous moments. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Can American business assume a green mantle? Yes, assure Freeman, Pierce, and Dodd. Will they? Not until enough individuals demand it."
Freeman (Business/Univ. of Virginia), Pierce (Medicine/Univ. of Nebraska), and business consultant Dodd argue that US business must not content itself with meeting environmental standards mandated by the state: it must instead assume a leadership role in the struggle for conservation. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Shedd succeeds in his self-appointed task as public relations man for besmirched wildlife reputations, erasing the distaste we might harbor for these otherwise captivating animals. (27 b&w line drawings)"
Entertaining squelchings of wildlife humbuggery from former National Wildlife Federation executive Shedd. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

A journalist's account of her mystical encounters with buffalos and the handful of human beings as passionate as she is about their fate. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Wallace's telling tends to glorify them all—no warts at all in this display. Despite that, this is a fascinating portrait of one of the world's great museums—and one of New York's crown jewels."
A catalogue and chronology of the curators of the great (dinosaurs) and small (insects) who have graced the halls of the Museum since its inception in 1869. Read full book review >
THE WATER IN BETWEEN by Kevin Patterson
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Patterson's voice is fresh, witty, and intelligent—and he could get by with a little less help from his friends."
A Canadian physician debuts with an emotional but sometimes pedantic memoir of his adventures traversing the Pacific in a 37-foot sailboat. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"Experiences such as these rambles, investigations, and broodings are what make up a life, estimable and visited by a curiosity that keeps it fresh and in wonder."
Elegantly distilled experiences in wild places—mostly desert, though Rome figures here, as does Kamchatka and the Burren and other places—that have moved McNamee's soul. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2000

"A fine portrait of Madagascar's singular culture and biodiversity, its great beauty and dire straits."
By turns thoughtful and vivacious, science writer and Nova producer Tyson draws an anecdotally rich portrait of the biological wonderland known as Madagascar. 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 >