Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

SEVEN CATS AND THE ART OF LIVING by Jo Coudert
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 10, 1996

"If at times Coudert's ministerings have a quaintly vapid air about them, at the very least they feel genuine: little homilies, tendered with best wishes. (24 b&w drawings by the author)"
As she profiles the cats in her life, Coudert (Go Well: The Story of a House, 1974, etc.) gleans a raft of life lessons. Read full book review >
WATER by Alice Outwater
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 9, 1996

"The focus is much narrower than the broad title and subtitle suggest, and readers will have to look elsewhere for a thorough natural history of water."
The parts are considerably better than the whole in this disjointed work on water (``the blood of land'') in North America. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 3, 1996

"It deserves a wide audience."
Forget Rousseau. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A conglomeration of fact, lore, and speculation, of primary interest to the natural history buff rather than the usual Caras followers."
An informative, insightful, though also rather dry history of animal domestication through the ages, by ASPCA president Caras, author of numerous fine works on pets and wildlife (The Cats of Thistle Hill, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
THE HORNED DINOSAURS by Peter Dodson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Dodson has given the next generation of paleontologists a fine starting point from which to begin their own investigations. (6 color illustrations, 75 line drawings, not seen)"
Every six-year-old can identify Triceratops; here's a book that shows just how much more there is to know about the extinct three-horned monster and its relatives. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"The ferret couldn't have asked for three more caring, perceptive champions of their cause."
A surprisingly readable treatise on the black-footed ferret recovery program, by three members of the program staff. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A little reflection, a little common sense, they'll wager, and the glad-tiders will be out on the street selling pencils. (Author tour)"
The Ehrlichs (Healing the Planet, 1991, etc.) land a sober-sided sleeve across the collective windpipe of today's environmental glad-tiders. ``Brownlash'' is what the Ehrlichs call ``those efforts made to minimize the seriousness of environmental problems'' still bedeviling planet Earth. Read full book review >
DIARY OF A LEFT-HANDED BIRDWATCHER by Leonard Nathan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"And while, like the furtive yellow rail, the big picture is elusive, the glimpses allowed Nathan are worth everything."
``It's a sort of . . . well . . . meditation on birdwatching,'' explains Nathan (Returning Your Call, 1975, etc.) to a friend interested in his latest writing venture. Read full book review >
DOG LOVE by Marjorie Garber
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"A dog's life never seemed such a fair prospect. (b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection)"
Dogs are not only our best chance of finding unconditional love, suggests Garber (Vice Versa: Bisexuality and the Erotocism of Everyday Life, 1995) in this wry, literate study of dogs in human culture. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 1996

"Bingham's is a rare and beautifully written account of hard lives in hard times, and must reading for those interested in the future of the American West. (Author tour)"
An unsettling report on the decline of agriculture in the dry margins of the American West. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 19, 1996

"As a guide for those desiring specifics rather than slogans, however, it is considerably less useful."
California state senator and former radical activist Hayden's (Reunion, 1988, etc.) prescription for our environmental malaise calls for a reinfusion of the spiritual to heal the divide between humans and the natural world. Read full book review >
THE LATE ROMAN ARMY by Pat Southern
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 18, 1996

This guide to the declining centuries of the Roman military is handy for scholars but sometimes rough going for the general reader. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Marilu Henner
author of CHANGING NORMAL
April 26, 2016

After they’d been dating only a short while, and as they were falling in love, Marilu Henner and Michael Brown were hit with the ultimate bad news: Michael was diagnosed with cancer. Refusing traditional care, they pieced together a personal and holistic view on battling his cancer, all while forging an unbreakable bond. In this moving and informative book, Marilu pulls back the curtain on how they dealt with the blow. She relates her holistic perspective on health—including the superfoods, exercises, and immunotherapy they used to fight back—and why a diagnosis doesn’t have to be the end of romance or of a happy and fulfilling life. “An inspiring love story wrapped in a serious call for new ways to treat disease,” our reviewer writes. View video >