Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

Released: June 1, 2006

"May well spark a stampede in porcine acquisitions, not as consumables, but as companions."
Naturalist Montgomery describes her version of pig heaven. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2006

"A polished and entertaining account of an astonishing wayfarer. (20 b&w illustrations)"
From newcomer Roberts, the first and very welcome, full-scale biography of a great, early-19th-century world voyager who also happened to be blind. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 2006

"Lives up in every way to the power of its almost magical subject."
Sparkling debut from adventuresome journalist Zoellner, who traveled the world to tell the dirty, glorious and sometime bloody story of diamonds. Read full book review >
Released: May 9, 2006

"The author claims to not have flashbacks, but his candid, vivid memories bring this nearly incredible story to life once again."
Intense memoir of epic survival that both shocked and thrilled a worldwide audience. Read full book review >
SEED TO SEED by Nicholas Harberd
Released: May 2, 2006

"Inspires new respect for weeds—and life. (Illustrations)"
A scientist discovers a world of wonder in a graveyard weed. Read full book review >

Released: March 14, 2006

"This is Mayes in top form."
A collection of tales about searching the globe for inspiration, only to find fulfillment on the return home. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"A powerful and persuasive book, sure to provoke strong reaction."
An authoritative yet accessible presentation of the scientific evidence that climate change is happening; a clear delineation of what global warming has done and could do to life on our planet; and an urgent call for action. Read full book review >
THE BIG OYSTER by Mark Kurlansky
Released: March 1, 2006

"A compelling, highly readable treat, whether you partake of Ostreidae or not."
Kurlansky (Boogaloo on Second Avenue, 2005, etc.) takes a fresh look at the tasty, once plentiful mollusk in this stimulating, often fascinating saga. Read full book review >
Released: March 1, 2006

"Still, 'drive through the region's strip-mall hellscapes,' Grunwald concludes, and it's clear that much remains to be done to save the Everglades. This lucid history and call to arms is an essential companion to that work."
A lively appreciation of the Everglades as an ecosystem worthy of care and protection—quite a turnaround in attitude, as Washington Post reporter Grunwald reveals. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 10, 2006

"Well told story with an ambivalent ending reminding us that few of the factors leading to the condor's near-extinction have changed."
Barely 15 years ago, the California condor was nearly extinct. NPR environmental correspondent Nielsen tells the story of its recovery—such as it is. Read full book review >
TIMOTHY; by Verlyn Klinkenborg
Released: Feb. 8, 2006

"Timothy the tortoise is a splendid social critic, a keen-eyed anthropologist who sees far beyond his shell."
A dazzling riff on human beings and their weird ways "written" by an 18th-century tortoise that lived for years in the garden of English naturalist/curate Gilbert White and appeared in White's The Natural History of Selborne (1789). Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2006

"Stark and powerful, a gripping if depressing read and a timely reminder that a Nature abused can exact a terrible retribution."
Grim, riveting account by New York Times reporter Egan makes clear that, although hurricanes and floods have grabbed recent headlines, America's worst assault from Mother Nature came in the form of ten long years of drought and dust. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Vanessa Diffenbaugh
September 1, 2015

Vanessa Diffenbaugh is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Language of Flowers; her new novel, We Never Asked for Wings, is about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For 14 years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now 15, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life. “Diffenbaugh’s latest confirms her gift for creating shrewd, sympathetic charmers,” our reviewer writes. View video >