Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

CLOSE TO THE WIND by Pete Goss
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Incredible. (16 pages color photos, not seen)"
A prepossessing account of all it takes to enter the hellacious solo race around the Southern Ocean called the VendÇe Globe and how to become a hero. Read full book review >
BROWN DOG OF THE YAAK by Rick Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Pleasant, but Bass's credo didn't need a separate book to clarify; none of his works skirt the issue."
Bass (Where the Sea Used to Be, 1998, etc.) identifies the triangulate elements used to chart the course of his life and writing. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 1999

"Yet those who cherish stories of legendary nimrods at work in lands of mystery, romance, and danger will find this a deep trough from which to drink their fill. (50 b&w photos)"
A starry-eyed who's who of white hunters in Africa from the turn of the century to the present day, from professional big- game hunter Herne. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 1999

"Young women interested in careers in science will especially benefit from Lowman's encouragement, but general readers will enjoy her book as well. (30 illustrations, not seen)"
An exuberant celebration of biology in the wild, far from labs, classrooms, and offices. Read full book review >
A DARK PLACE IN THE JUNGLE by Linda Spalding
NON-FICTION
Released: May 21, 1999

"The picture here of Galdikas's activities is unremittingly distressing and raises serious questions to which she will have to respond."
Bad press for primatologist BirutÇ Galdikas and her work with the orangutans of Borneo, from novelist Spalding (The Paper Wife, 1996, etc.). Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 17, 1999

"An exhilarating tribute to a disappearing art. (21 b&w photos, not seen)"
An enthralling, sometimes breathtaking glimpse into one of North America's few remaining traveling circuses. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 15, 1999

"One can only conclude that Christianson's case for global warming should be read as global warning. (30 illustrations)"
At least half this book is fascinating history of technology—the birth and growth of the Industrial Revolution; the second half describes what that portends in terms of global warming. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 5, 1999

"There lies the gauge of his enterprise, understanding, and passion. (illustrations, not seen)"
Still wild about ravens after all these years, award-winning zoologist Heinrich (Univ. of Vermont; The Trees in My Forest, 1997, etc.) continues his investigations into the big crow's behavior. Read full book review >
SHY BOY by Monty Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 1999

"Roberts may be relentlessly self-righteous and not above going weepy to ingratiate himself with his readers, but his mission is too laudable to be ridiculed. (100 color photographs)"
Roberts (The Man Who Listens to Horses, 1997) deploys melodrama in the interest of common decency in this tale of gentling a wild mustang into the domesticated community of horses, then giving him a choice: stay with your new friends or run free to the herd. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 3, 1999

"But no one can fault House's urge to concoct a sane and healthy economic relationship with his home place, one deeply immersed in its natural processes and patterns, and which he explores with such empathy and conviction."
Efforts to save a run of wild salmon in northern California, and by extension to formulate a bioregional ethic for living with the land, sympathetically told by participant House in his first book. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"Only the most cynical wouldn't wish Chiles the best and take pleasure in his capers: sail on, sailor, sail on. (maps, not seen)"
Bad days sailing, told with aristocratic though strangely appealing understatement, by Chiles (The Ocean Waits, 1984). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1999

"If Dickinson's spirit was as sour on the mountain as it is in this book, his partners would be forgiven for wondering which was the greater menace: the cruelty of the high-altitude world or Dickinson's presence in it. (16 pages color photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
Everest again, May 1996 again, this time on the Tibetan side, in a tedious, self-obsessed account from filmmaker Dickinson. 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 >