Nature & Travel Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"A handsome book that is well-balanced, instructive, and authoritative."
A conservationist with a deep knowledge of pumas writes with infectious enthusiasm about their place in nature. Read full book review >
CITY OF LIGHT by Rupert Christiansen
Released: Oct. 9, 2018

"Capsule character studies of Louis and Haussmann enrich an engrossing short history that reminds us of the urban planning and social engineering blunders we continue to make today."
A concise yet admirably thorough account of the reinvention of one of the world's great cities. Read full book review >

IMPOSSIBLE OWLS by Brian Phillips
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Smooth and smart relief for the screen-weary."
Long-form narratives both diverting and engaging. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"A concise, engaging tour of the world's winemaking regions for casual aficionados."
A geographical guide to wine by a traveling sommelier. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Insightful, sometimes shocking, and often disheartening."
A trip through "some of the saddest places on earth" that the author describes as "less sad than revelatory and appreciative." Read full book review >

FALSE CALM by María Sonia Cristoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Unique, imaginative, and unnerving, this is travel literature with a magical realist touch."
Modern life in the barren foothills of South America, as told by a journalist working from a deeply subconscious perspective. Read full book review >
THE RAVENMASTER by Christopher Skaife
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"For those seeking the secrets of the Tower of London without actually being imprisoned there, this is just the thing."
When the ravens disappear from the Tower of London, the tale goes, then England will fall—good reason to keep someone on staff to keep the birds happy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 2, 2018

"Jenkins' many Instagram followers won't be disappointed."
Or, evangelism and the art of bicycle maintenance on a long journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
WARBLERS & WOODPECKERS by Sneed B. Collard III
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2018

"An easy-to-read, pleasurable account that will find its greatest appeal with fellow birders."
A "big year" birding adventure with a personal twist. Read full book review >
HIKING WITH NIETZSCHE by John Kaag
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"A meditative work full of self-understanding that will resonate with anyone who has ever been drawn toward the void."
A philosopher's journey into the life, writings, and mountains of Nietzsche—and ultimately into himself. Read full book review >
HOW TO BE A GOOD CREATURE by Sy Montgomery
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"The National Geographic channel meets memoir in this brief, compelling examination of what animals can teach us about ourselves."
With plenty of heart, acclaimed naturalist Montgomery (The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, 2015, etc.) makes the convincing case that all animals—great and small—can teach us compassion. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 25, 2018

"An above-average example of the stream of similar books pouring off the presses. That there is a large audience for this genre is a cause for optimism—perhaps the only one."
A passionate overview of human-induced global warming whose effect on climate, agriculture, ecosystems, and extinction is approaching a point of no return. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >