Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

BACK TO THE CONGO by Lieve Joris
Released: Oct. 13, 1992

"A deliberately impressionistic rather than definitive account, with Joris's perceptive insights and palpable sympathies for a long-suffering people making it more than just another travel book."
A frank and open-minded account from Flemish journalist Joris of her venture into Zaire, formerly called the Congo, the infamous inspiration for Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Read full book review >
THE FATE OF THE ELEPHANT by Douglas H. Chadwick
Released: Oct. 12, 1992

"Chadwick has done his homework, but with nuggets of elephant lore and legend scattered indiscriminately throughout, the text is no smooth ride."
All you need to know and more about the status quo of the threatened pachyderm—in an exhaustive survey by biologist-writer Chadwick (A Beast the Color of Winter, 1983). Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 2, 1992

"By and large, a decidedly tedious trek."
Muddled, shapeless, self-consciously sensitive travel essays that record newcomer Hiestand's adventures in two familiar locales (the Everglades and the Greek isles) and two less well-traveled ones (Belize and Scotland's Orkney Islands). Read full book review >
THE CAT INSIDE by William S. Burroughs
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"The hipster's (and hepcat's) answer to Cleveland Amory."
The septuagenarian beatnik would seem to be the least likely author of a cat book, but Burroughs has clearly mellowed some and here celebrates his favorite "psychic companions." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Exceeding well written and one of the most depressing records in recent memory of the triumph of greed—enough to make the angels weep."
Walters (The Dance of Life, 1987) movingly chronicles the extinction of a species. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Another seemingly clear-cut victory for the tireless defenders of wildlife, who tell a lively tale tinged with that smugness typical of Western conservationists who expect the impossible of poor Africa. (Thirty-two pages of b&w photographs—not seen.)"
From the couple who publicized the plight of the wildebeest in the Kalahari (Cry of the Kalahari, 1984)—a further search for a wilderness paradise in Africa, pitting the energetic duo against elephant poachers in northern Zambia. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"A must read, then, for conservationists, Africanists, and animal lovers. (Photographs; maps.)"
From two members of the World Wildlife fund: an important book on conservation in the continent where Tanzania, home to the famous Serengeti Park, is now ranked as the third poorest nation in the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 24, 1992

"A powerful adventure of the heart as well as the body: not to be missed."
The jungles of Borneo can bring adventurers to their knees—and elevate adventurous writers to admirable heights, as evidenced by Eric Hansen's Stranger in the Forest (1987) and, now, by free-lance writer Johnston's smart, passionate account of rafting down the island's treacherous Boh River. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 21, 1992

"Too much chalk-and-blackboard stuff, but Fox cuts to the chase often enough to make this generally prime fare for stormnauts, far superior to John Fuller's comparable Tornado Watch #211 (1987). (Maps.)"
What's it like to be caught in a thunderous downpour swept by 150-mph winds with a tidal wave heading straight at you? Read full book review >
YOUNG MEN AND FIRE by Norman Maclean
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"It is also an exercise in age-old wisdom—the lesson that suffering is the surest path to truth—exhaustively researched and lovingly expressed. (Thirteen halftones, two maps—not seen.)"
The terrifying story of the worst disaster in the history of the US Forest Service's elite Smokejumpers outfit, by the author of the classic A River Runs Through It (1976). Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A top-notch dog-and-gun-book, with sympathetic focus on humans and animals as well as some fine nature writing."
Wonderfully evoked natural scenes and portraits of hunters from a free-lance writer. Read full book review >
ANIMAL MINDS by Donald R. Griffin
Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"Instead, Griffin, whose observations of echolation in bats have earned him high honors in animal science, can be credited with opening a path that invites others to blaze new trails in the quest for consciousness in all animals, human and otherwise."
In his latest elaboration on the theme of animal thought and consciousness, Griffin (an associate of Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology) is intent on laying to rest the ghosts of behaviorism. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >