Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Other hyphenated Americans who have experienced discrimination and confusion about their heritage will find this often funny and graceful book simpatico."
Three generations in America doesn't necessarily take the sting out of being an immigrant, as described in this appealing and sometimes thought-provoking memoir that moves from suburban New Jersey to Italy's southern provinces. Read full book review >
A RUM AFFAIR by Karl Sabbagh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Much has been made of the slowness of the scientific community to accept new theories (evolution, relativity); Sabbagh offers an illuminating, if not always engaging, account of the virtues of such skepticism. (photos)"
A thorough investigation (first published in Britain in 1999) into a case of deviant science from the 1930s and 1940s. Read full book review >

ROUND THE WORLD AGAIN IN 80 DAYS by Jean Cocteau
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"A light-footed but penetrating survey of the land of the Other that rebukes the artificial weightiness of later French cultural criticism."
A surrealist's 1936 diary of a voyage meant to recapitulate Jules Verne's classic fantasy of modern travel. Gilbert's translation is accompanied by a new introduction explaining the author's relationship with his companion, Marcel Khill. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"Shaw's pleasing formality and attention to detail do a first-rate job of re-creating the atmosphere on deck the Flying Cloud, and of the world seen through the eyes of her navigator. (Illustrations, not seen)"
A precise and intimate chronicle of the fabled Flying Cloud's record-setting run from New York City to San Francisco in 1851, engagingly told by sailing writer Shaw (Daring the Sea, not reviewed). Read full book review >
THE KIBBUTZ by Daniel Gavron
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Revealing and educational, Gavron's snapshot is a valuable account of a unique social movement. (Illustrated)"
A seasoned Israeli journalist acts as guide on a tour of several kibbutzim—the communal settlements that held a powerful and unique place in the ideology of the maturing nation. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2000

"This enjoyable book functions variously: as an enthusiastic pro-hitchhiking treatise, a reverent guide to an evanescent 'ordinary' America, and a sometimes-pedantic address of contemporary division and isolation."
A frequently charming narrative epic in which a one-time hippie hitchhiker throws off middle-aged shackles and takes to the road in search of an America that, this time, he finds everywhere. Read full book review >
UNIVERSAL FOAM by Sidney Perkowitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2000

"Curious about that froth on your cappuccino? Here's the place to take its measure. But it is the reader who will have to provide the initial spark of interest, for though Perkowitz can be entertaining, he is not alluring."
An exploration of the science of foam that is also an engaging appreciation of its cultural uses—think of your beer's head or cappuccino's cap—from physicist Perkowitz (Empire of Light, 1996). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2000

"Despite too much mannered, precious prose, this is a collection offering plenty of small pleasures."
A painter's meditation on his garden that mixes a bit too much lyricism with some original observations and knowledge of plants. Read full book review >
THE ADVENTURIST by Robert Young Pelton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2000

"An interesting narrative killed off by its own bluster."
If an inflated ego and unbridled machismo were all it took to write well, Pelton (The World's Most Dangerous Places, not reviewed) would unseat Shakespeare. Read full book review >
TEEWINOT by Jack Turner
NON-FICTION
Released: June 8, 2000

"Turner's writing is muscular, never swaggering, and almost lyrical, summoning a Teton Range in its rightful, sublime austerity. His own sensibilities, though, are a bit overdone at times. (b&w photos, not seen)"
Mountaineer Turner's (The Abstract Wild, 1996) portrait of a Teton guiding season is a measured luxuriance in the landscape, a love song to the natural history of a place, and a tad self-conscious and defensive tale. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAIN WORLD by Gregory McNamee
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2000

"Extensive and provocative: This collection will fire in readers the need to head for the hills in all weathers. (20 b&w line drawings, not seen)"
Mountains have been everything to people at one time or another—wild and terrifying, comfort and sanctuary— but it is in their transcendence "from our normal modes of being" that McNamee (Blue Mountains Far Away, etc.) chose the material in this broad and powerful collection. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 3, 2000

"Not as gripping as Into Thin Air, but fans of daring outdoor exploits (especially those with long memories) will find this a satisfying armchair adventure."
A former true believer discovers that Maurice Herzog's best-selling Annapurna (a stirring, romantic account of the first ascent of an 8,000-meter peak in the Himalayas) left out some of the adventure's nastier details and some of the team's more rancorous moments. 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 >