Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

DINOSAUR HUNTERS by David A.E. Spalding
Released: Sept. 17, 1993

Solid and engrossing history of collecting the Big Ones (and their little brethren), by a science writer and museum advisor. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

"Thirty-two pages of maps and photos—not seen)."
Generation-spanning tales of the North Pacific from a Pulitzer-winning historian who's also a gifted storyteller. Read full book review >

SACRED TRUSTS by Michael Katakis
Released: Sept. 13, 1993

"Given a wide readership, there are enough powerful essays here to make a real dent in our collective environmental consciousness. (Illustrations)"
Katakis (The Vietnam Veterans Memorial—not reviewed) pulls together 30 original essays, some stunning and a few forgettable, hinging on the environmental buzz notion of ``stewardship.'' Essays like Gary Paul Nabhan's memoir of his strange night spent camping amid the dump heap of a desert bordello (``That was the first time I had come to read trash. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 10, 1993

"There's no deep revelation of the spirit of America here, but the ride is good fun, and the characters and dialogue are as alluring as in many novels. (Eight pages of b&w photographs, map- -not seen)"
Cosmopolitan columnist Kurtz (Mantalk, 1987, etc.) chronicles her voyage of discovery made by criss-crossing the country on Greyhound buses. Read full book review >
A PLACE ON THE WATER by Jerry Dennis
Released: Sept. 9, 1993

"Smooth, with a gently impressionistic touch—like easy- listening radio for anglers. (Line illustrations—some seen)"
Pleasant essays—five of which won first-prize awards from the Outdoor Writers Association of America—on a youth spent fishing and canoeing the lakes and rivers of northern Michigan, by Dennis (It's Raining Frogs and Fishes, 1992—not reviewed). Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Dave Foreman's Confessions of an Eco-Warrior (1991)."
A ranging and generally cogent portrait—and defense—of Earth First!, the activist organization dedicated to the proposition that, as far as Earth is concerned, humans should return to the Pleistocene. Read full book review >
THE GREEN FUSE by John Harte
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Harte manages his avuncular tone with a sure hand, avoids preachy pratfalls, and keeps us enthralled through a sense of pace, a plentitude of wondrous minutiae, and awesome glimpses of the big picture. (Ten drawings)"
Earth won't forget the environmentally destructive acts inflicted by human hand, warns Harte (Energy and Resources/UC Berkeley) in this impressive study of the global ecosystem—and when the bills fall due, the payback will be dear if we don't cease and desist. Read full book review >
MILES AWAY by Miles Morland
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"In its way, more charming than Peter Mayle, and certainly not to be missed if you plan a hike through southern France. (Map)"
Warmhearted, lightly humorous, food-strewn story of the author's walking trip across France with his wife. Read full book review >
JOY ADAMSON by Caroline Cass
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

"Cass, gossipy but fair-minded, shows Adamson to have been as ruthless and predatory as her beloved lions but also—sometimes—as splendid. (Color and b&w illustrations)"
Kenyan writer Cass rips the mask off Joy Adamson of Born Free fame to reveal a woman of monstrous flaws, considerable talents, and a redeeming generosity. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"Fly fishing meets the New Age in this uneven work that veers from the sublimely ridiculous to the heart-rendingly profound."
Amid his mother's dying from brain cancer, the loss of his job, and a doctor's diagnosis that his case of the ``meat bucket blues'' was ``treatable'' depression, Middleton (On the Spine of Time, 1991, etc.) finds renewal in fishing the wild waters of cold mountain streams. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 19, 1993

"Allison plans a summer 1993 assault on the world's most treacherous peak, K2; this memoir, despite its unnecessary soapiness, will find its own place in that small pile of really first-rate mountaineering books. (Twenty-five b&w photographs—not seen)"
Nail-biting mountaineering wins out over soap-operatics in this absorbing tale of a woman conquering internal and external mountains. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 13, 1993

"The authors believe that rural, working-class, reluctant activists are reviving grass-roots democracy after decades of pervasive disengagement from civic responsibility—the one positive note in a sobering, effective alert. (Thirty photographs)"
In surveying communities across the country that have served as toxic-waste dumping grounds, journalist Setterberg and photojournalist Shavelson tell an increasingly familiar story: Residents are plagued by mysterious health problems. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >