Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

AMONG WHALES by Roger Payne
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1994

"Payne has delivered more than the most dedicated whale enthusiast could ask for: a book of great beauty, integrity, and understanding, pure pleasure even if you can't tell a sperm from a killer."
Befitting a creature with a heart weighing six tons, freelance writer and biologist Payne brings a lot of love, an encyclopedic knowledge, and an expansive imagination to this exquisitely written study of whales. Read full book review >
SHADOWBIRDS by William Burt
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1994

"Add to that an absorbing storyline and a talent for depicting the places he roams, and this modest book takes on rather grand proportions. (8 pages of color photos, not seen)"
Lovely anecdotal moments in pursuit of the furtive rail, from a wildlife photographer so deeply under the bird's spell that sometimes you wonder if he was dealt a full deck. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 1, 1994

"Insightful, though selective and structurally fragmented, the technique overwhelms the subject."
Over the intense research and archival riches of what was a clever dissertation, Kete (History/Trinity College) raises some lofty theories about modernism, culture, gender, and class that displace and obscure an inherently interesting social history of pets, especially dogs, among 19th-century middle-class Parisians. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 20, 1994

"After a dry, academic start, this becomes an interesting, at times stimulating, manual for the intelligent dog owner."
Everyone thinks that their own dog is brilliant. Read full book review >
ABDUCTION by John E. Mack
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 20, 1994

Mack (Psychiatry/Harvard Med.) won a Pulitzer Prize for his life of T.E. Lawrence (A Prince of Our Disorder, 1976); more recently he teamed with Rita S. Rogers for the superb The Alchemy of Survival (1988). Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 4, 1994

"Overall, as injudicious in its use of evidence and as extreme in its rhetoric as were the thinkers it pummels."
From Rubin (Political Science/Duquesne), a stinging, often overblown reevaluation of the environmental movement's seminal thinkers. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1994

"Lively and engaging, if sometimes too earnest and self- indulgent, this is a good graduation present for those Generation X-ers who can afford to be nonmaterialistic these days."
In a sort of nouveau Dharma Bums, drifting in and out of Bay Area counterculture and the High Sierra, young Californian Duane combines a climber's journal with a memoir of the year following his graduation from Cornell. Read full book review >
WILDERNESS MOTHER by Deanna Kawatski
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1994

"Bruisingly honest, rich in the details of daily life, but with a paucity of insight that would give deeper meaning to this adventure. (B&w photographs—not seen)"
This is an unevenly told personal account of a woman who married and raised two children in the Canadian wilderness. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Of value to poets as well as anthropologists, the book also holds universal appeal through the compelling way Inuit symbols and traditions are brought to life, illuminating humanity's cycle of dark, wintry dreams and hopes of plenty in the spring."
In this gripping study of the Alaskan Inuit people, British poet Lowenstein narrates Tikigag (Point Hope) seasonal rituals and each year's culmination—the spring hunt for the bowhead whale. Read full book review >
DANCES WITH TROUT by John Gierach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 1, 1994

"Informative and sassy, these well-crafted gems sparkle even in a genre known for quality writing. (Illustrated by Glenn Wolff—not seen)"
The lure of fly-fishing by a delightful essayist who's becoming one of the most popular and respected angling writers in the country. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1994

"At the same time, he underscores the difficulties scientists face in attempting to breed endangered species in captivity and reintroduce them to the wild, especially when native habitat is lost."
An environmental reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer tells the mysterious tale of the sudden disappearance of birds on the Pacific island of Guam in his first book. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 1994

"Interesting history of Turkmenistan and horses, but an awfully long and condescending account of a man's failed dream."
This plodding tale of Maslow's adventure to Russia's Turkmenistan in search of an exotic horse is salvaged only by the historical filler. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >