Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

  • "Anyone who tells you portaging is fun is either a liar, or crazy, or maybe both."

    That's hard wisdom from the late Bill Mason, a legendary canoe paddler, naturalist, and author, to dispute.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

  • Turn-of-the-century Alaska was a harsh, demanding, and yet exhilarating place, a landscape that didn't suffer greenhorns.

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

  • This heavily illustrated approach to history offers a concise and readable overview of "America's most famous battle and the turning point of the Civil War." Although the target audience is older children and young adults, the book provides a nice visual summary of the Battle of Gettysburg for almost any reader.

    Author and illustrator Wayne Vansant bookends the fighting at Gettysburg with some

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

  • Just in time for travel season, National Geographic has added another title to its collection of national park-related books. This one entices with a promise to reveal the "Secrets of the National Parks."

    Does Secrets of the National Parks, The Experts' Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond The Tourist Trail rise up to that promise? For the novice park traveler, most definitely.

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

  • Just in case I wasn’t aware that I very badly need to do more birding in the Southwest, a copy of Birding the Southwestern National Parks by former Park Service employee Roland Wauer arrived in my mailbox. Now I find myself checking plane fare to Las Vegas, El Paso, and Los Angeles.

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