Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 206)

Released: July 16, 1993

"A wealth of current ecological thinking that will prove a gold mine to those behind in their reading, with enough new material to keep the well-versed interested."
DiSilvestro (Living with the Reptiles, 1990, etc.) draws on a number of cutting-edge ecotheories to fashion this strong critique of our nation's pitiful handling of its wild areas. Read full book review >
ALONE by Gerard d'Aboville
Released: July 11, 1993

"Not up to its namesake (Richard Byrd's classic tale of Antarctic survival) but, still, a memorable tale of salt-drenched fortitude. (Sixteen pages of color photos—not seen)"
D'Aboville, who rowed across the Atlantic in 1980, proves that the age of adventure is still upon us—as he now rows across the Pacific in a 26-foot craft, ``alone, alone, alone.'' Skip the first third of the text, which is filler: d'Aboville deciding on his mission, rounding up sponsors, working the press. Read full book review >

Released: July 1, 1993

"Could achieve a cult following. (Twenty-seven lithographs by Davis Teselle) (First serial to New Age Journal)"
Twenty-seven lyrical, beautifully illustrated essays about communing with trees. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 1993

"The ICF story is wooden—but the cranes dance. (Color & b&w photographs—not seen)"
An uneven history of the International Crane Foundation (ICF) and its efforts to save the world's cranes, by biologist/writer Katz (Bird Watcher's Digest, etc.—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: June 28, 1993

"Much wittier than most cryptozoological reports (which veer toward stuffiness to counterbalance the jeers)—and a spanking good travelogue to boot. (Photos—not seen)"
Nugent (The Search for the Pink-Headed Duck, 1991—not reviewed), a specialist in cryptozoological adventures—combing the far regions of the earth for undiscovered beasties—takes on Mokele-Mbembe, a brontosaurus-like dinosaur reported to dwell in the rain forests of central Africa. Read full book review >

Released: June 15, 1993

"Well informed, if long-winded, and adept at revealing the human faces behind the issues, with genuine sympathy for those hurt by the decline of Oregon's timber industry."
A moving account of personalities and politics in the on-going battle over logging the last areas of old-growth forest in the heart of Oregon's Cascade Range, from Time reporter Seideman (The New Republic, 1986—not reviewed). Read full book review >
Released: June 11, 1993

"Photographs—not seen)."
A pleasurable ride with aviatrix Gosnell on her leisurely summer odyssey, flying in to out-of-the-way airfields and seeing the US from a fresh perspective. Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 1993

"A convincing vision quest that may, however, lose readers in its mazelike abundance of references and quotes. (Thirty-three line drawings—not seen)"
These ponderings on the meaning of life find theoretical concepts and notional fancies so thick on the ground that readers may wish to approach the book armed with a machete. Read full book review >
Released: June 2, 1993

"A solid if unexceptional chronicle of adventure and discovery in what remains of the American wilderness. (Eleven maps)"
Although the Continental Divide Trail is still more of a bureaucratic vision than a reality, newlyweds Berger (an editor) and Smith (a historian) decided to tackle it as it is—with this colorful but disappointing record of their experience as the result. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"The West needs a new image, and she's given us many to choose from."
Take the cowboy, please, and send him packing, along with all his mythological baggage—or so argues Russell (Writing/Western New Mexico University) in this provocative and iconoclastic study. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 1993

"Our advice: Stick to the sights—they're mind-boggling enough. (Line drawings, maps)"
More rollicking end-of-the-road adventures from Yeadon. Read full book review >
Released: May 20, 1993

"Bully for him."
From out of the deep, deep wilds of Idaho comes this story of a short-story writer (The Tall Uncut, 1992)-turned-reluctant- backwoodsman. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >