Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

TWO-GUN COHEN by Daniel S. Levy
Released: Aug. 26, 1997

"A diverting tale of the life and crimes of a unique Old China Hand, intertwined with the story of modern China. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
Soon after the turn of the century a Jewish Cockney adventurer arrived in Canada, seeking his—or somebody's—fortune. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 1997

"Should find an enthusiastic audience among naturalists with an interest in wild places, whether they've already explored the Boundary Waters or are simply content to accept Gruchow's version of it."
Meandering essays, some in journal form, on the author's experiences hiking, canoeing, and camping—alone and with friends and students—in the five-million-acre Minnesota-Ontario border ecosystem called the Boundary Waters. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 18, 1997

"Over and above everything, though, is Roberts's surpassing love for horses, captured here in his evocations of the horses he has trained over a career spanning four decades. (Author tour)"
The surprisingly complex and lively memoir of a successful and influential horse trainer who helped pioneer nonviolent methods of breaking horses in. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 1997

"Add Bowers to that embarrassment of riches."
Delicious, closely observed place vignettes of southeastern Arizona, from naturalist Bowers (A Full Life in a Small Place and Other Essays from a Desert Garden, 1995). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 12, 1997

"O'Connor's documentary of the same title will be released this year."
Portrait of a little-reported contemporary gold rush, awash in blood. Read full book review >

WITH CHATWIN by Susannah Clapp
Released: Aug. 7, 1997

"This tribute captures both sides with grace and charm—a must-read for all his fans."
Clapp, who was Bruce Chatwin's dedicated editor at the British publisher Jonathan Cape, offers a delightful remembrance of the celebrated travel writer and novelist, drawing on her own experiences and on those of his closest friends. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Ever original, Alcock encourages readers to view the desert with new eyes through this fine contribution to arid-lands literature."
A spirited primer in Sonoran Desert ecology, cloaked in a memoir of gardening. Read full book review >
COD by Mark Kurlansky
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

Cod—that whitest of the white-fleshed fish, prize of every fish-and-chips establishment—gets expert, loving, and encyclopedic handling from Food and Wine columnist Kurlansky (A Chosen Few: The Resurrection of European Jewry, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"A solid contribution to popular geography."
A discursive look at the ongoing transformation of the American landscape. Read full book review >
VISIONS OF JESUS by Phillip H. Wiebe
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"It is a pity that in a multidisciplinary study of religion Wiebe largely bypasses theology and the nuanced Roman Catholic and Orthodox traditions of discerning the authenticity of visions and situating them in the larger context of religious growth and practice."
Wiebe (Philosophy/Trinity Western Univ., Canada) draws on 30 contemporary visionaries and a wide range of scholarship in an attempt to produce a philosophically coherent critique of visions of Jesus. Read full book review >
Released: July 15, 1997

"A mixed bag of how-to tips and misty memories."
A pedestrian stroll down memory lane from a longtime quail hunter and outdoor writer. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1997

"Zebrowski loves her still, though, like any vexed and fascinated scientist, he sure would like to know what sends her off her rocker. (b&w illustrations, not seen)"
A wide-ranging, gratifyingly lively investigation into the more violent ravings of Mother Nature from Zebrowski (College of Technology/Penn. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >