Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

RIVERS OF THE HEART by Steve Raymond
Released: July 17, 1998

"And it doesn't hurt that he can turn a decent phrase."
Dry, intelligent recollections of a fly-fishing life, from Raymond (Steelhead Country, not reviewed, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 1998

"DeBlieu has achieved the Big Two: enlightenment and high entertainment."
Sun heats, Earth spins; there will always be wind somewhere. Read full book review >

Released: July 3, 1998

"Mahoney's heart and soul are in suspension—he loves his primate charges, he kills his primate charges; even his gentling kindness doesn't let him off the hook, and he knows it."
The life story, and heartrending ruminations, of Mahoney, a good veterinarian operating in the suspect terrain of medical research on primates. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1998

"Despite the book's ungraceful format, readers will likely be awed by the passion, brio, and honorability of these women. (photos, not seen)"
Reflective, encouraging stories of 17 women who had breast cancer and the challenges they set themselves—including the scaling of Mount Aconcagua—from Gabbard (coauthor of Lou Whittaker: Memoirs of a Mountain Guide, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1998

"Powell's overriding notion is undebatable: Chance happenings surely help shape our world, and serendipity—in available tools, say, or disciplinary cross-fertilization—fuels scientific advancement. (photos, not seen)"
"What killed the dinosaurs? At last the great mystery has been solved." Read full book review >

THE CATS OF LAMU by Jack Couffer
Released: June 30, 1998

"His photographs capture with clarity and a sharp eye both the lives of these multicolored felines and the traditional rhythms and details of Lamu's human inhabitants. (100 color and b&w photos)"
A whimsical and surprisingly winning study of the cats indigenous to the Lamu Archipelago, a series of small islands off the coast of Kenya. Read full book review >
REELING IN RUSSIA by Fen Montaigne
Released: June 30, 1998

"The very stuff of footloose travel—strange companions, confounding situations, unexpected moments of fear and eye-popping wonder—told with a journalist's eye for detail. (Author tour)"
A quiet, evocative ramble through the Russian countryside by a former Philadelphia Inquirer Moscow bureau chief, who had made it his quest to fly-fish from the White Sea to Kamchatka and visit every Stalinist labor camp along the way. Read full book review >
Released: June 25, 1998

"Still, Canby's field exploits make for enjoyable reading, and his detailing of the society's inner workings and turmoils will keep readers turning the pages. (photos and maps, not seen)"
The life of a National Geographic staff writer—"the choicest job in the known universe"—and a disarming and especially frank look at intramural politics from one who considers himself "totally a Geographic man." Read full book review >
THE RIVER HOME by Jerry Dennis
Released: June 16, 1998

"Not quite up to his earlier efforts, but Dennis's descriptive writing and his sense of fishing as serious fun keeps this one afloat. (illustrations)"
Convinced —nobody knows beans— about why fish bite, Dennis (A Place on the Water, 1993) eschews the usual nuts and bolts of fishing in favor of entertaining personal essays laced with good humor and middle-age nostalgia. Read full book review >
Released: June 12, 1998

"Readers can't help but feel Lucille is one lucky dog living with the (yes, at times, hyper-) attentive Knapp, who has through her dog learned to invest a relationship with exuberance, humor, and an openness to mystery. (Radio satellite tour)"
A dog conjures feelings in memoirist Knapp (Drinking: A Love Story, 1996) that she had never allowed to surface—the giddiness and vulnerability of full-blown love—and here she endeavors to understand why. Read full book review >
INSIDE THE SKY by William Langewiesche
Released: June 8, 1998

"A realist who says he rejects early flier-author Antoine de Saint-Exupery's dreamy romanticism, Langewiesche is informative on aspects of the current commercial aviation scene, and his pared-down style conveys a refreshing humility and respect for flying. (Author tour)"
Atlantic Monthly foreign correspondent Langewiesche (Cutting for Sign, 1993; Sahara Unveiled, 1996), himself an experienced pilot, explores the pleasures and challenges of flight in seven essays that are alternately philosophical, personal, and journalistic. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 1998

"Lopez ventures forth, hunts and gathers the sacred twinings of humanity and nature, and returns with stories as venerable as the best folktales. (Author tour)"
National Book Award winner Lopez (Field Notes, 1994, etc.) explores the vivid edges of the world, beyond intellection, where memory takes hold and guides: "It is memory that carries the place, that allows it to grow in depth and complexity." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >