Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

WHY WE GARDEN by Jim Nollman
Released: May 26, 1994

"A gardening book refreshingly rooted in reality that is also balm for the spirit."
Nollman (Spiritual Ecology, not reviewed) offers provocative reflections on the need to create a sense of place—``a bit of paradise within an imperfect world.'' Nollman offers an eclectic month-by-month record of his gardening experiences. Read full book review >
Released: May 25, 1994

"A compelling addition to the ongoing conservation debate, with new ideas on how we might stop trashing the earth."
A brilliantly informed look at one of the most pressing problems of the '90s—the waste crisis—by an economic development expert (How Can Africa Survive?, not reviewed). Read full book review >

Released: May 15, 1994

"There are lots of memorable lines, and telling, even funny anecdotes (don't miss the one about the barnacle that bit) that make this Weiner a winner. (First printing of 40,000; Book-of-the-Month Club selection; Quality Paperback Book Club alternate selection; History Book Club selection)"
An unusual and enjoyable look at the ongoing process of evolution. Read full book review >
Released: May 9, 1994

"But despite these flaws, Unequal Protection is likely to be an eye-opener—both to those who are not aware of discriminatory environmental policies and to those who are."
This anthology explores the history of environmental racism (the locating of an unfair share of toxic hazards in communities of color) and provides case studies from around the country of blatant discrimination. Read full book review >
Released: May 5, 1994

"Glendinning has much to say to our alienated selves, but she spoils her case by exaggeration and oversimplification."
Arguing that civilization, by dissociating us from nature, is responsible for present-day social and environmental ills, psychologist Glendinning (When Technology Wounds, 1990) calls on human beings to reclaim the wholeness she believes is still present in all living things. Read full book review >

Released: May 4, 1994

"We are one big happy ark,'' says Caras about his Thistle Hill family, and for cat lovers, this is one big enjoyable read."
Charming and insightful tales about the ten-plus cats that share a bustling household with Caras and wife, Jill, on their 35- acre rural Maryland farm, Thistle Hill. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 1994

"Short and adrenaline-charged, especially with those sharks."
The knockout story of Deborah Kiley's five days and nights on a raft in heavy seas during a storm. Read full book review >
AMONG WHALES by Roger Payne
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
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 >
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 >
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
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Libba Bray
author of LAIR OF DREAMS
August 25, 2015

In Lair of Dreams, the second installment of Libba Bray’s bestselling young adult Diviners series, after a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O'Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to "read" objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title "America's Sweetheart Seer." But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners' abilities....Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer? “Weaving together a chilling mystery with a truly elusive solution, several poignant love stories, agonizing injustice, terrifyingly monstrous dreams, and even a cameo by legendary psychiatrist Carl Jung, this installment wraps enough up to satisfy but clearly sets the stage for more,” our reviewer writes in a rare starred review. “How will readers stand the wait?” View video >