Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 18, 1997

"Must reading for dinosaur fans."
A top dinosaur paleontologist spins wondrous tales about his fieldworkand ponders what it means. Read full book review >
POINT LAST SEEN by Hannah Nyala
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 16, 1997

"The gripping chronicle of a tracker finding herself as she looks for others. (Book-of-the-Month/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
In this beautifully rendered narrative, a woman reveals the art of tracking both in the wilderness and in autobiography. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 4, 1997

"If, as they say, everything in life is a matter of timing, DeSalle and Lindley could hardly have brought out a book at a more propitious time. (illustrations, not seen)"
Physicist Lindley (The End of Physics, 1993) and DeSalle, a DNA-in-amber expert at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, have a fine time taking to task the tangled web Michael Crichton has spun in his Jurassic Park books and movies. Read full book review >
ON KISSING by Adrianne Blue
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Sexy, but also intelligent. (line drawings, not seen)"
Everything you always wanted to know about osculation (but might never have thought to ask). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1997

"It is a love song, a celebration, and a well-told tale. (photos and illustrations, not seen)"
A sweeping, lapidary history of our relationship with dogs from Derr (The Frontiersman, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >

SNAKES by Harry W. Greene
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1997

"Emerging from this work is a creature less to be reviled than to be admired, demonstrating extraordinary evolutionary adaptability, fabulous variety, and spectacular coloration."
A comprehensive and deeply satisfying exploration of that much-maligned creature, the snake, from herpetologist Greene (Univ. of Calif., Berkeley). Read full book review >
TO TIMBUKTU by Mark Jenkins
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: June 1, 1997

"While the narrative's occasional sluggishness and sometimes boastful prose can be heavy wading, the subject matter ought to hold the interest of like-minded adventurers. (20 color photos, not seen)"
Some intrepid young men become the first outsiders to boat down the fearsome upper reaches of the Niger River. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 1, 1997

"The benefits began winning out, Schwartz demonstrates, a long time ago. (84 illustrations, not seen)"
A clunkily written but fairly fascinating history of dogs in the pre-Columbian Americas, from Schwartz, a research assistant in anthropology at Yale. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1997

"And his rock throwing at various friends of the tiger will get him nothing but a sour reputation—though his heart is in the right place."
How has the tiger come by its sorry endangered status, and what are its odds for survival? Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1997

"While there is no simple explanation forthcoming, Jerome's search has produced a robust, idiosyncratic, moving celebration of the natural world, of the rivers and lakes that form and sustain it, and of its ability to nourish and restore us."
An elegiac, deeply personal, discursive celebration of water and of those who are drawn to it. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1997

"It's too easy to get corny and cute on this subject, and Rowan succumbs—only people with terminal canineophilia will want to read this all the way through."
George Washington had one. Read full book review >
BIOMIMICRY by Janine M. Benyus
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 1997

"Much of interest here, but spare us the cheerleading."
``Doing it nature's way'' is the theme of this wide-eyed-with-wonder exposition of what's going on in a variety of fields—from farming to computer science—as scientists try to emulate natural processes. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >