"Enchanting and explosive." -"The Washington Post Book World
"Glows with fire-and-brimstone passion." -"The Boston Globe"
"Rise[s] above the din of dreary environmental writing and smack[s] us in the face with the sorry state of our natural affairs." -"San Francisco Chronicle
"Joy Williams brings her fierce compassion to bear on subjects she holds dear: the vanishing Florida Everglades, the miracle of animals in our lives, why she writes. Her words are tonic, wholly original; she is a writer to reckon with." -"O: The Oprah Magazine"
"Joy Williams' essays . . . manage to articulate with wit, elegance, intelligence, and appropriate disdain, the enterprise in which we are all implicated." -W. S. Merwin"
"Joy Williams has been one of our best writers for ever so long, and now she has written a scorcher: a truth-teller's expedition, and true to the heart." -Edward Hoagland
"Reading Joy Williams . . . is like falling down into some deep blue subaqueous place of mesmerizing wonder." -Rick Bass
""Funny, piercing and brilliant . . . "Ill Nature "destroys a number of our culture-wide illusions and exposes them for the cruel, cowardly and downright stupid attitudes and beliefs that we often have toward the natural world." -"Sun-Sentinel"
"Williams makes her case with such wit and weight that her punch lands like a John Ruiz haymaker." -"Entertainment Weekly"