Nature & Travel Book Reviews

Released: June 21, 2016

"A well-made, evenhanded, sometimes cautionary story of business, told with the affection and exasperation of an insider."
Everyone's a wiener in this frank account by a scion of hot dog nobility. Read full book review >
BEING A BEAST by Charles Foster
Released: June 21, 2016

"A splendid, vivid contribution to the literature of nature."
In which an English author, tired of the high street, takes to the fens and burrows to learn how animals live. Read full book review >

SHANGHAI GRAND by Taras Grescoe
Released: June 14, 2016

"Grescoe exuberantly captures the glamour and intrigue of a lost world."
An intrepid journalist in free-wheeling 1930s Shanghai. Read full book review >
KINGDOMS IN THE AIR by Bob Shacochis
Released: June 7, 2016

"'Sink into an otherness,' the author advises in this enlightening travel collection, for a voyage of self-discovery."
Reflections on a wild life of daring travel. Read full book review >
THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
Released: June 7, 2016

"An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America's national parks."
In commemoration of the centennial of the National Park Service, Williams (When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, 2012, etc.) explores 12 diverse parks.Read full book review >

HOGS WILD by Ian Frazier
Released: June 7, 2016

"Pieces that show Frazier's ranging curiosity, lucent style, and capacious heart."
The veteran humorist and reporter for the New Yorker presents a collection of pieces that record his pursuits of wild hogs, hermit crabs, Asian carp, a Styrofoam substitute, and numerous other quarry. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2016

"Well written throughout and just the right length, Flores' book makes a welcome primer for living in a land in which coyotes roam freely—in, that is to say, the Coyote America of his title."
A thoughtful study of Canis latrans, that quintessential North American mammal. Read full book review >
Released: June 7, 2016

"Excellent reading for students of park policy, wildlife management, and other resource issues."
A searching study of a tragedy and the legal contest that followed it, one that shaped the course of national park policy in the modern age. Read full book review >
DOUBLE CUP LOVE by Eddie Huang
Released: May 31, 2016

"A challenging author continues to bravely bare his soul along with his best dishes."
BaoHaus celebrity chef Huang (Fresh Off the Boat, 2012) returns with a fresh mélange of hip-hop patter, Chengdu street cuisine, and Asian-American identity politics.Read full book review >
Released: May 24, 2016

"A delightful story of a boy, his birds, and his pursuit of knowledge in spite of society's dictates."
How catching and training a kestrel changed the life of a young British boy. Read full book review >
Released: May 17, 2016

"An engaging travel narrative for both language lovers and general audiences."
A blogger and documentary filmmaker's account of how she and her family became globe-trotting foreign language learners. Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great fun for anyone with even a slight knowledge of Roman and English history and geography—or those curious about them."
A delightful trip from Rome to Hadrian's Wall—in C.E. 130. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Chris Cleave
June 14, 2016

In bestseller Chris Cleave’s latest novel Everyone Brave Is Forgiven, it’s London, 1939. The day war is declared, Mary North leaves finishing school unfinished, goes straight to the War Office, and signs up. Tom Shaw decides to ignore the war—until he learns his roommate Alistair Heath has unexpectedly enlisted. Then the conflict can no longer be avoided. Young, bright, and brave, Mary is certain she’d be a marvelous spy. When she is—bewilderingly—made a teacher, she finds herself defying prejudice to protect the children her country would rather forget. Tom, meanwhile, finds that he will do anything for Mary. And when Mary and Alistair meet, it is love, as well as war, that will test them in ways they could not have imagined, entangling three lives in violence and passion, friendship and deception, inexorably shaping their hopes and dreams. “Among all the recent fictions about the war, Cleave’s miniseries of a novel is a surprising standout,” our reviewer writes, “with irresistibly engaging characters who sharply illuminate issues of class, race, and wartime morality.” View video >