Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"In this sturdy collection, men and women removed from society face nature at its most primordial."
An eclectic, at times gripping anthology of adventure writing, featuring mostly Americans and Western Europeans in search of danger and excitement. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A competent travelogue, but not much more."
A middling memoir of travels among the world's far-flung islands. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"On the whole, a generous, revealing, honest account."
An inspiring story of life behind bars. Read full book review >
SOCRATES CAFÉ  by Christopher Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Some readers will put this down halfway through, driven mad by the sophomoric tone—but anyone who misses those dorm-room chats may be inspired to start a Socrates Café of his own."
A rather juvenile jeremiad against the shallowness of contemporary life. Read full book review >
AFTER YUGOSLAVIA by Zoë Brân
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Complex, full of conflicting voices, and often extraordinarily beautiful: an outstanding travel memoir."
Thoughtful travels in the war-torn landscapes of the former Yugoslavia. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Though not really much more than a commonplace book of the author's personal fascinations, many readers will dip into this appealing grab-bag with pleasure and sometimes surprise."
Bestselling novelist Godwin (Evensong, 1999, etc.) stitches an intimate sampler of the ways we humans have imagined acts of the heart through time and across cultures. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Savage, serious, hilarious, passionate, loving, and lyrical."
With wicked irony and wacky humor, essayist and novelist Williams (The Quick and the Dead, 2000, etc.) assails hunters, land developers, and scientists who experiment on animals. Read full book review >
SEXING THE BRAIN by Lesley Rogers
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Readable, sensible, scholarly, convincing. (5 b&w illustrations)"
Australian physician Rogers (Neuroscience/Univ. of New England) argues in clear, crisp prose that discussions about differences between the sexes must consider environmental as well as genetic and hormonal factors. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"More substantial than many natural-disaster books of late, this one is for the geology buffs."
A spirited account of a natural disaster that captured the world's attention a century ago. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Literary history compressed into capsule-size that goes down like a charm."
Acclaimed literary biographer Souhami (Gertrude and Alice, 1997, etc.) profiles the island and the individual whose story inspired Daniel Defoe's novel. Read full book review >
REFLECTIONS ON EXILE by Edward W. Said
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"A fascinating exploration of post-colonialism as seen through the eyes of its progenitor."
A compilation of 35 years' worth of critical essays from one of the boldest and most articulate cultural theorists alive today. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2001

"An extraordinary real-life adventure of men battling the elements and themselves, told with ice-cold precision."
The first American expedition to the North Pole provides a chilling twist on the true-crime genre in this historical detective story by novelist Parry (That Fateful Lighting, not reviewed). 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 >