Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"An entrancing summary of what is known and conjectured about tornadoes, from a man who has been running after them for over 20 years. (67 color, 44 b&w photos, 50 illustrations, not seen)"
Radical-event meteorologist Bluestein (Univ. of Oklahoma) depicts with paint-by-number clarity (albeit with a more delicately shaded and elegant end product) the lives and quirky personalities of severe storms, particularly tornadoes. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

Fagan (Time Detectives, 1995, etc.) draws on his archaeology background to intriguingly explore the correlation between unusual climatic shifts and unusual historical events. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Kunzig's flair should stir readers' awe and allow them to share in his protective urge."
In this spirited and engaging book, science writer Kunzig, an editor at Discover magazine, voyages among oceanographers, alive and departed, from dockside to textbook, and reports back on our current understanding, and often dubious treatment, of the world's oceans. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Meloy has not only rediscovered her connection to the badlands'she's also made a fine book in the bargain. (Author tour)"
A thoughtful recounting of one woman's travels in the post—Cold War American West. Read full book review >
A BREATH FROM ELSEWHERE by Mirabel Osler
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"To watch her thumb her nose at the bullies with such flair, and with such gratifying results, is an inspiration."
There are many rooms and seasons in Osler's (A Gentle Plea for Chaos, 1998) garden: alternatives proliferate in the measure of its days, uncertainties mingle with felicities, there is restoration and ferment, there may even be potential for a decaying piano amid the willows and tall grasses. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 1999

"It is all very real and unenviable and touched with the small gestures—his father's protective shoulder to cry upon, a daughter's delight in his return—that encourage survival."
Novelist Williams (Blue Crystal, 1993, etc.) presents twined, elemental stories on the havoc of a heart operation and the random, filigreed thoughts of an amateur naturalist exploring his home patch. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 1999

"Still, a useful resource compiled by three academics for students of American history, particularly concerning the rise of the populist political movement. (8 b&w photos, 2 line drawings, 13 maps, not seen)"
A mixed bag of modern historical essays and contemporary journalistic accounts of the 1930s Dust Bowl. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Of interest to students of Western American resource issues, as well as of grassroots political organizing."
paper 0-8032-6397-X An illuminating study of local resistance to a huge federal water project. Read full book review >
SIBERIAN DAWN by Jeffrey Tayler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Graphically describes the deeply disturbing state of the 'new' Russia and its demoralized citizens."
A young American's encounters with arctic cold, violent vodka-induced drunkenness, unknown levels of radiation, and mafia-ruled hinterland cities reveal the bleak and desperate side of life in the post-Communist Soviet states. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"There is an annoying aura of self-promotion at play, which detracts from the good deeds and alienates those who otherwise might have been inspired by the sanctuary's achievements. (88 b&w photos, not seen) (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
Inmate stories from an animal rescue sanctuary, heartening but also scolding and righteous, from sanctuary director Cuny. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"He may be an expert in animal behavior, but he's clearly not a moral philosopher."
Can the study of cooperation in animals facilitate human sociability, asks evolutionary biologist Dugatkin? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

"Naveen knows and loves his subject—he is the first to admit that he is never happier than when mired in penguin guano—and he writes of it and its place with uncommon fluency. (color photos, not seen)"
Their behavior might be comedic for us, but for penguins it translates into sex, food, and turf warfare, as explained by field researcher Naveen in this tenderhearted profile of the short-feathered denizens of the far south. 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 >