Book Reviews

“Joy Viola offers a delightful memoir of the global travels that she and her husband Alfred made in search of rare birds and other wildlife spectacles. Drawing on a lifetime of meticulous journaling, the book offers poignant observations about these far-flung destinations–and the people and wildlife encountered during their journeys. Thoroughly enjoyable.”   -Bruce A. Stein, Ph.D., Chief Scientist and Associate Vice President, National Wildlife Federation.

“This sensitive life narrative is at once an enduring love story studded with pathos, humor, and a rich accounting of natural history adventures that capture not only the essence of two lives intimately shared, but also which offer personal and authoritative portrayals of different cultures and some of more than 2300 birds and other wildlife species seen through the lens of a camera and the shared eyes of an organic chemist and a talented writer. Readers of this adventure filled odyssey will be both moved and entertained by Joy Viola’s delightful commentary.”
Wayne R. Petersen, Director, Massachusetts Important Bird Area Program, Massachusetts Audubon Society                 

“This book is a naturalist’s travel bucket list with ten great adventures for photographers, birders, botanists, foodies and animal lovers. What I enjoyed most about the book was even if things didn’t go exactly as planned, Joy and Alfred’s attitude remained positive, and they made the best out of the situation. The book is great. Joy is truly a gifted author and I look forward to sharing this book with others..”
– Chuck Bargeron, Director, University of Georgia, Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health.              

“Joy’s From Schnitzel to Nockerln is truly a joy to read. This compilation of Joy and Alfred’s wonderful and varied travel adventures spanning decades of their lives together reminds us of what a well-lived life is all about. This book is a treasure.”
-Steve Cox, Co-founder International Expeditions, Inc.