Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 12, 2016

"Though a footnote to broader studies of Roosevelt, this book offers well-considered interpretations of 'the brainy naturalist and muscular adventurer.'"
Teddy Roosevelt: not just hunter, but also gatherer. Read full book review >
MAKING MONTE CARLO by Mark Braude
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 12, 2016

"A well-researched, dramatic rags-to-riches urban tale."
A story of how one city attained spectacular wealth and luxury. Read full book review >

THE ORACLE OF OIL by Mason Inman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2016

"Inman provides enlightenment on a persistently intractable topic and praise for the scientist who clearly saw the consequences of our reliance on oil."
The career of a hero of hydrocarbon exploration reminds us that it's a finite world after all. Read full book review >
A JEWISH GUIDE IN THE HOLY LAND by Jackie Feldman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2016

"An odd book but nonetheless a unique lens through which to view the conflicted Promised Land."
An Israeli tour guide considers the complicated methods, both academic and personal, of performing for Christian pilgrims. Read full book review >
WORLDS ELSEWHERE by Andrew Dickson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A frequently illuminating investigation of Shakespeare around the world."
Shakespeare, performed in the most unlikely places. Read full book review >

A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY by Geoff Manaugh
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"Manaugh's authoritative writing wields a descriptive elegance, but while much in the book seems self-evident, he goes to great lengths to define it, and now and then, this laboring of the obvious results in unnecessary padding."
Manaugh (The BLDGBLOG Book, 2009) melds a romantic's taste for the furtive with the nitty-gritty of subverting architectural design in this fascinating, occasionally overfurnished examination of the art and science of burglary.Read full book review >
TILL WE HAVE BUILT JERUSALEM by Adina Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"Lovers of Jerusalem will feel right at home as Hoffman brings a small bit of its history to life."
Hoffman (My Happiness Bears No Relation to Happiness: A Poet's Life in the Palestinian Century, 2009, etc.) studies three very different architects responsible for the look of Jerusalem.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A captivating history of two men who dramatically changed their contemporaries' view of the past."
Daring adventurers unearth a buried civilization. Read full book review >
THE MECHANICAL HORSE by Margaret Guroff
HISTORY
Released: April 5, 2016

"A bright, enthusiastic cultural history."
Two hundred years of the bicycle in America. Read full book review >
FULL MOON OVER NOAH’S ARK by Rick Antonson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A book filled with the enthusiasm of discovery, the delight in accomplishment, and the relief of return."
A veteran travel writer pursues an interest from childhood: Noah, the ark, and the landing. Read full book review >
AMERICAN WINO by Dan Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A book that could have been an eye-opener, but the miles become wearisome. Better off staying home with a nice bottle of wine."
The self-proclaimed booze journalist chronicles his 15,000-mile cross-country journey in search of wine knowledge. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging, well-documented business book that should become a valuable resource for urban farmers everywhere. In a category glutted with titles on digital startup operations, the thoughtfully detailed planning and advice laid out here will be inspiring to a wide range of small brick-and-mortar business entrepreneurs."
The co-founder of "the world's first commercial rooftop farm" chronicles how she and a small group of socially conscious and creatively resourceful individuals built their successful business. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >