Nature & Travel Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
FINDING FONTAINEBLEAU by Thad Carhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Those lucky enough to have lived and attended school in Europe will love this book, and anyone heading to Paris will surely add Fontainebleau to his or her schedule."
The author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank (2001) returns with another celebration of France.Read full book review >

THE UNDERDOGS by Melissa Fay Greene
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 17, 2016

"Dog lovers, parents of special needs kids, and those who love feel-good stories will delight in these heartwarming portraits of dogs and their families."
Personal stories of service dogs in action. Read full book review >
STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS by Rob Schmitz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 17, 2016

"Probing human-interest stories that mine the heart of today's China."
A study of vastly changing China from the perspective of one busy street in the center of Shanghai. Read full book review >
GOATMAN by Thomas Thwaites
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A quirkily entertaining exploration of what it means to be human and what it might be like to be a goat."
What would it be like to be a goat? Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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 >
COYOTE SETTLES THE SOUTH by John Lane
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 15, 2016

"A thoughtful, though not fully satisfying, look at 'the collision of the domestic and the returning wild.'"
Southeastern suburbia confronts wild predators. Read full book review >
SILENT SPARKS by Sara Lewis
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 10, 2016

"A delightful book sure to charm nature lovers of all ages."
An exploration of the little-known lives of fireflies. Read full book review >
FINDING NORTH by George Michelsen Foy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"Armchair sailors will enjoy the vicarious thrills of Foy's brief journeys, and even those with no intentions of abandoning their smartphones will find something to ponder in his speculations about the challenges of gadget-free navigation."
Novelist and amateur sailor Foy (Creative Writing/New York Univ.; Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence, 2010, etc.), who sees technology as a distinctly mixed blessing, chronicles his journey up the New England coast in a rickety boat without satellite guidance.Read full book review >
FOLLOWING FISH by Samanth Subramanian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 10, 2016

"An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."
A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture. Read full book review >
PIT BULL by Bronwen Dickey
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 10, 2016

"An appealing look at how our relationships with man's best friend provides a mirror of cultural mores."
In her debut, essayist and journalist Dickey, a contributor to the Oxford American, addresses how the prevailing negative image of pit bulls is not only misguided, but also a mark of broader social prejudices.Read full book review >
THE GREAT CLOD by Gary Snyder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2016

"Elegant and thoughtful, with much to read between the lines in commentary on a long life's work. Students and admirers of Snyder will be enchanted and intrigued."
The noted poet and essayist returns with a deceptively small book enfolding a lifetime's worth of study. 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 >