Nature & Travel Book Reviews

DOMESTICATED by Richard C. Francis
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 25, 2015

"A highly illuminating look at the cross-species biological basis for human culture and sociability."
"The human population explosion has been bad for most other living things, but not so for those lucky enough to warrant domestication," writes science journalist Francis (Epigenetics: The Ultimate Mystery of Inheritance, 2011, etc.) in this provocative account of the latest developments in the field of evolutionary biology.Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 19, 2015

"Overly sentimental but a great story nevertheless."
As a "streetwise crime reporter [and] hard-bitten war correspondent," Men's Health contributing editor Drury considered himself a "tough guy"—until he decided to write about the nonprofit paws4people, which trains therapy dogs to work with veterans suffering from PTSD.Read full book review >

THE ROSE HOTEL by Rahimeh Andalibian
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A powerful and uplifting memoir of tragedy and healing."
A New York-based clinical psychologist tells the moving story of the life-changing trauma she and her family suffered as a result of the Iranian Revolution of 1979. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A colorfully descriptive memoir of life as a writer working the Paris fashion beat."
One woman's passionate pursuit of fashion in the City of Light. Read full book review >
CITY BY CITY by Keith Gessen
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 12, 2015

"From Whittier, Alaska, to Williston, North Dakota, to Palm Coast, Florida, these varied essays offer compelling snapshots of how Americans live, move, and work."
In these 37 singular essays, some reading like research papers, others as personal as memoirs, n+1 editor Gessen (All the Sad Young Literary Men, 2008, etc.) and Harvard graduate student Squibb find in certain American cities the crucible of enormous change since the financial meltdown of 2008.Read full book review >

THE MERCY OF THE SKY by Holly Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"Storm chasers will find thrills in this tale of nature's wrath."
Tracking a furious, lethal storm. Read full book review >
LAST MAN OFF by Matt Lewis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 12, 2015

"A darkly exhilarating memoir of tragedy at sea."
A harrowing high-seas, high-stakes adventure where dread pools slowly like the first signs of seawater collecting on the deck of a cursed ship. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fascinating glimpse into an alien consciousness."
Naturalist Montgomery (Birdology, 2010, etc.) chronicles her extraordinary experience bonding with three octopuses housed in the New England Aquarium and the small group of people who became devoted to them.Read full book review >
RHYTHM OF THE WILD by Kim Heacox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 7, 2015

"Top-notch environmental writing to shelve alongside George Perkins Marsh, Aldo Leopold, Robert Marshall and Barry Lopez."
Former National Park Service ranger Heacox (John Muir and the Ice that Started a Fire: How a Visionary and the Glaciers of Alaska Changed America, 2014, etc.) lyrically recounts his passionate and enduring relationship with Alaska's Denali National Park, a chunk of Alaskan land the size of Massachusetts with only one road.Read full book review >
LESSER BEASTS by Mark Essig
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 5, 2015

"A lively, informative farm-to-table feast."
An enlightening culinary history of an "uncanny beast." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 5, 2015

"Weintraub's research on the prisoners' experiences in the camps is remarkable as he narrates Judy and Frank's heroic tale."
An unusual and moving story of a singular hero among fellow POWs of the Japanese during World War II: a loyal British pointer named Judy. Read full book review >
DAUGHTERS OF THE SAMURAI by Janice P. Nimura
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 4, 2015

"An extraordinary, elegantly told story of the beginning of Japan's education and emancipation of its women."
Through her fascinating tapestry of history and biography, New York scholar Nimura weaves the strange, vibrant tale of an insular nation coming to terms with currents of modernism it could no longer keep out. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >