Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

Released: June 9, 1995

"Despite these problems, a highly enjoyable and thoughtful introduction to the subject. (First printing of 50,000; Book-of- the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections)"
An engrossing work on unearthly visitors, written for the nonbeliever. Read full book review >
Released: June 8, 1995

"He has written his book more for that select few than for the general public."
A strange report, neither scholarly paper nor accessible popular science, about a single species of dinosaur found in peculiar abundance in northern New Mexico. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1995

"This captivating effort just might get geography out of the doghouse and back into the classroom. (maps and illustrations, not seen) (Author tour)"
A chatty, broad-ranging introduction to a discipline popularly viewed as all ports and pig iron, from the geography editor of Good Morning America. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"The reader must care about the Hays family to be interested in this cross between a rite of passage and a sea passage, but the voyagers deserve accolades for this hazardous journey."
In an account combining elements of The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym and a sensitivity training group, a father and son courageously voyage around the tip of South America, challenging the elements, their sailing prowess, and their capacity to get along. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

"And if the house wins in this instance, Raeburn provocatively concludes, the result will be starvation."
A well-reasoned, timely call for American agriculture to recognize that putting eggs in a single basket can lead to disaster. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1995

"A joy for lovers of Byzantium, travel, and the English language. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
The vestigial glories of Byzantium and its world return to life in this superbly written travelogue by poet Ash (The Burnt Pages, not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1995

Should animals have specific legal rights? Read full book review >
THE EAGLE AND THE ROSE by Rosemary Altea
Released: May 19, 1995

"The author's simplicity and patent sincerity will warm the hearts of readers who reserve judgment on Spiritualist phenomena. (Book-of-the-Month Club featured alternate; Quality Paperback Book Club selection; author tour)"
A moving account by renowned English medium Altea of her life, her preternatural gifts, and the meaning that she sees in these for herself and others. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 1995

"Like a well-tended, personal, and slightly eccentric garden, this collection is stronger on small, individual delights than overall formal design. (15 drawings, not seen)"
New York Times garden columnist Raver collects some of her observations on ``noticing things'' and ``the joy of obsession.'' Fortunately, she returns periodically to the subject of gardening; In fact, some of her most engaging pieces are the ones that entertain while they offer practical information to the green- thumb set. Read full book review >
Released: May 12, 1995

"But when he hears of one apparently meditating on a colorful sunset, he's ready to give the brute the benefit of the doubt. (First serial to Cosmopolitan and New Age Journal; Book-of-the- Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selections; author tour)"
Who says that wolves show no compassion, that ants are clueless when it comes to rage, that crows don't enjoy a good wheeze—in short, that animals other than humans don't have emotions—demands Masson (My Father's Guru, 1992, etc.) in this entertaining, if undefinitive, collection of soulful animal tales. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 1995

"But in the end there are too many asides here, and too little matter. (maps, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club selection)"
An earnest, sometimes overwrought, and ultimately unsuccessful attempt to link the famed Lewis and Clark expedition to modern environmentalist thought. Read full book review >
THE COMPANY OF WOLVES by Peter Steinhart
Released: May 2, 1995

"A well-balanced and highly informative report on the long and continuing scientific, economic, and politically charged debate."
As befits the elusive nature of Canis lupus, more questions are raised than answered in this absorbing and thorough discussion of a much studied but poorly understood and unfairly maligned predator Steinhart, who has been a columnist for Audubon magazine, consults with North American wildlife biologists, park rangers, ranchers, trappers, hunters, and even private wolf owners, eliciting a multiplicity of responses to a wide range of issues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >