Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 205)

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1999

"Gee's corrective arguments at once ground his science in humility and liberate thinking about Deep Time through their invitation to chart a seamless topology of life then and now."
A persuasive as well as convivial introduction to cladistics—paleontology's answer to the discontinuities of Deep Time—from science writer Gee (Nature magazine). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 15, 1999

THE COCKROACH PAPERSA Compendium of History and LoreSchweid, Richard Read full book review >

THE LONGEST SILENCE by Thomas McGuane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 1999

"It's a daring head, too, audacious and unrepentant and wild for the type of experience you could write about."
An outlaw spirit moves through these fish stories. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 10, 1999

"Only the most dedicated abduction devotees will be able to read this all the way through without intense skepticism."
Mack has taken on the prophetic tone of Whitley Strieber in his latest works about alien contact, a tone that can become annoying. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"It's great to think so, isn—t it? (24 b&w photos)"
The creator and host of PBS's Nature series provides an informative, sweeping, but often unconvincing survey of animal behavior in this companion to a forthcoming television series. Read full book review >

ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD by Janisse Ray
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"Own it she does, with a gutsy, wholly original memoir of ragged grace and raw beauty."
Ray's redemptive story of an impoverished childhood brings to mind the novels of Dorothy Allison and the nature writing of Amy Blackmarr, but the stunning voice and vision are hers alone. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

ALONE AT SEAThe Adventures of Joshua SlocumSpencer, Ann Read full book review >
MY CAT SPIT McGEE by Willie Morris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"From a man who was owned by a cat, a tender, melodious tribute."
The pleasurable confessions of a dog man gone ailurophile—that is, become a cat man—from Morris (The Ghosts of Medgar Evers, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >
MY GARDEN (BOOK) by Jamaica Kincaid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Kincaid has given her fellow gardeners something far more engrossing than seed catalogues to look forward to this winter."
A quirky, entertaining, and richly emotional look at the inner life of one particularly introspective and perceptive gardener. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"A work of often incandescent prose likely to find many readers among historians, naturalists, literary scholars, and, most of all, those who have long loved and learned from the author of Walden and other beloved texts. (Line drawings throughout; 3 facsimile manuscript pages.)"
A work that has escaped publication since Thoreau wrote it, Wild Fruits will only strengthen the author's renown for his unique voice. Read full book review >
CROSSCURRENTS by James R. Babb
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"But there are pleasures ample enough here, conveyed with an infectious love of the sport."
A fireside collection of fly-fishing pieces, touched with—but not drowned in—folksy wisdom and whimsy, from Gray's Sporting Journal editor and columnist Babb. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"An appealing gift for both animal lovers and history buffs. (70 color and 50 b&w illustrations)"
A sprightly, anecdote-laden, handsomely illustrated history of the pets of royals over the past five centuries. 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 >