Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

  • A fan of non-fiction books, particularly those with a natural history bent, I figured The Swamp by Michael Grunwald would be a perfect match for my interests. After all, as the subtitle pointed out, this book focuses on "The Everglades, Florida, and the Politics of Paradise."

Friday, August 18th, 2006

  • The tough thing about judging the quality of a hiking guidebook is it's hard to do unless you've personally hiked the trails covered in the book. And if you had, you really wouldn't need the book, would you?

    Well, the other day the mail brought a review copy of Top Trails, Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks to me.

Tuesday, August 8th, 2006

  • Books are damn hard to write.

    And let me be clear. I don't rank guidebooks, such as the ones I've written, with novels, be they fiction or non-fiction. Guidebooks are little more than encyclopedic accounts of a place. I would venture that most anyone, paired with a good editor, could get the job done.

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

  • Across the national park system there are dozens of lodges and thousands of rooms. How do you decide which one would work best for you? That's always a tough question, particularly when you've never been to the park on your agenda.

Sunday, July 9th, 2006

  • One of the features of Park Remark that some of you may be aware of, is the existence of an ad-hoc book club. I have typically tried to select one book each month that you and I could read together and then discuss at the end of the month.

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