Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

Released: Dec. 8, 2005

"A worthy companion to V. K. Arseniev's Dersu the Trapper, Barry Lopez's Arctic Dreams and other landmark books of the Far North."
Extraordinary fieldnotes from the remotest fringes of the reindeer economy. Read full book review >
ROWING TO ALASKA by Wayne McLennan
Released: Dec. 1, 2005

"Beautifully straightforward, unadorned, evocative prose that will likely inspire a new generation of travelers."
Booze, brawls, broads—an Aussie adventurer explores the macho commonalities of communities around the globe. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 3, 2005

"A tremendous work of research, with plenty of entertaining adventure and colorful characters to boot."
Mountain-climbing journalist Bowen accompanies researchers as they dig atop glaciers at the Earth's equator and gives an in-depth report on the field of climatology. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 6, 2005

"Fascinating and enlightening: It's hard not to conclude that, in many ways, apes may be wiser than their upright relatives."
Apes are our nearest relatives, and we have far more in common with them than we realize. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT OF LOVE by Robert Dessaix
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

"Simply, gracefully and wisely written, saturated with the sorrows and joys of years."
A writer searches out the significant sites in the life of Ivan Turgenev and ponders love, obsession, creation and literary celebrity. Read full book review >

OAK by William Bryant Logan
Released: June 1, 2005

"The Royal Oak, the democratic oak, an oak for every season and purpose, all respectfully, admiringly and insightfully laid out for readers to marvel at. And marvel they will. (30 illustrations, not seen)"
The biography of a tree that has been collectively embraced for its multifaceted grandeur. Read full book review >
Released: April 19, 2005

"Nature writing at its best."
A short, lovely chronicle of a long hike, during which McKibben (Enough, 2003, etc.) meditatively reflects on the relationship between nature and humanity. Read full book review >
Released: March 29, 2005

"Not just for the obsessives so gently chided here. A warm and humorous exploration of a generation's answer to Vonnegut—and Einstein."
Tales of frantic deadlines, obsessions with gadgetry and physics, and jokes told by one of history's most amusing authors. If only all biographies could be this much fun. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2005

"Fluidity and economy of style, a wit that crackles as it whispers. Every reader should experience Lewis."
In this last book before his death in 2003, Lewis amply demonstrates why peers and contemporaries hailed him as one of the finest travel writers in English in the last century. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2005

"Caviar, it turns out, is not just tasty. In Carey's hands, it's luminous."
Hard to imagine that a story about fish eggs could be "fast-paced," not to mention prophetic. But this piece of environmental journalism is both. Read full book review >
TRAWLER by Redmond O’Hanlon
Released: Jan. 1, 2005

"A not-so-long but certainly very strange trip, with all the dark radiance and queer humor of this author's earlier work. "
More hard travel to the underside of natural history from O'Hanlon (No Mercy, 1997, etc.), who boards a trawler headed for bad weather and finds as well a feast of weird sea creatures—not to mention the semi-madness of the sleep-deprived. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 22, 2004

"Meticulous almost to a fault, but flashing with human interest and keen environmental insight: an illuminating march through environmental politics at a turning point in green awareness."
Magazine journalist Klucas debuts with a patiently detailed unfolding of the environmental missteps that have marked the entire history of Leadville, Colorado. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sara Paretsky
author of BRUSH BACK
July 28, 2015

No one would accuse V. I. Warshawski of backing down from a fight, but there are a few she’d be happy to avoid. High on that list is tangling with Chicago political bosses. Yet that’s precisely what she ends up doing when she responds to Frank Guzzo’s plea for help in Brush Back, the latest thriller from bestselling author Sara Paretsky. For six stormy weeks back in high school, V.I. thought she was in love with Frank. He broke up with her, she went off to college, he started driving trucks for Bagby Haulage. She forgot about him until the day his mother was convicted of bludgeoning his kid sister, Annie, to death. Stella Guzzo was an angry, uncooperative prisoner and did a full 25 years for her daughter’s murder. Newly released from prison, Stella is looking for exoneration, so Frank asks V.I. for help. “Paretsky, who plots more conscientiously than anyone else in the field, digs deep, then deeper, into past and present until all is revealed,” our reviewer writes. View video >