Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

Released: Oct. 12, 2004

"The rare traveler who senses the reason why we travel in the first place."
An anthology covering three decades of calculated serendipity. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 5, 2004

"A gathering of savories, many revelatory, each a delight and a small work of art."
Smooth and snazzy collection of travel and set pieces from New Yorker staffer Orlean (The Bullfighter Checks Her Makeup, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 27, 2004

"Richly detailed, impeccably researched, and at times controversial: this merits a place alongside Bartram in the library devoted to the South."
A learned stroll through the shady groves of the South, past and present, where the longleaf pine once flourished and may yet rise again. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

"Immediate and terrifying, so edge-of-the-seat readers will have creases in their glutei maximi."
AP features writer Lewan crafts a painful, exhilarating narrative from the ordeal of a fishing schooner that tried to cheat the weather forecasts in the Gulf of Alaska and got caught. Read full book review >
Released: April 6, 2004

"The straight stuff: sobering, eye-opening, and not all that sanguine."
A Texas journalist assembles and dissects the facts surrounding the 1998 death of David "Gypsy" Chain, an activist killed in California's Humboldt County Redwood forest when a logger felled a tree nearby. Read full book review >

Released: April 1, 2004

"Sullivan tells all, writing, in prose worthy of Joseph Mitchell, a sort of 'Up in the Old Rat Hole': skittering, scurrying, terrific natural history."
A skillful nature writer goes on rat patrol and records a year with vermin. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"Yeomanly treatment of a man who 'wanted desperately to make his fortune but was seduced by the quest for knowledge.' (65 b&w illustrations, 12 maps)"
Rich with incident and novelty, the life of a swashbuckler whose exploits and writings impressed generations of readers, including Darwin and Humboldt, though he's little remembered today. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2004

"A great story, deftly told."
The tale of the first European scientific expedition to South America and its extraordinary aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: March 11, 2004

"A pitch-perfect memoir, skirting sentimentality as it embraces sentiment, getting at nature's marvel and its endless transfigurations. (40 b&w line drawings and halftones by the author)"
Naturalist/writer Carroll (Swampwalker's Journal, 1999, etc.) reveals all the touchstones that turned him from a Turtle Boy to a Turtle Man. Read full book review >
THE WORLD by Jan Morris
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"An acute, idiosyncratic collection, full of what the author, at home at last, always liked best: fizz."
A preeminent reporter who specializes in terrific travel pieces (Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere, 2001, etc.) reviews a half-century of literary snapshots in her considerable album and shows us the way we were—and the way we have changed around the world. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 23, 2003

"First-rate in every regard: to be put alongside such classics on the region as Through Khiva to Golden Samarkand and The Road to Oxiana."
A literate, elegiac account of travels in the outback of Uzbekistan, tracing the origins and consequences of one of the world's most devastating ecological disasters. Read full book review >
STOLEN FIGS by Mark Rotella
Released: July 1, 2003

"Better than gelato. Not to be missed."
Evocative, beautifully rendered travelogue/memoir by Publishers Weekly editor Rotella, recounting his adventures in Calabria, the toe of Italy's boot and the land of his ancestry. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >