Nature & Travel Book Reviews

EXTREME CONSERVATION by Joel Berger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"For armchair conservationists, an expertly guided trip into remote landscapes that will hopefully spur much-needed action."
A field biologist seeks to understand how creatures living in the planet's extremes are coping with climate change. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A lively model of modern folklore and a must for fans of the original series."
A welcome rekindling of the Foxfire franchise of books on Southern folkways. Read full book review >

THE TANGLED TREE by David Quammen
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A consistently engaging collection of vivid portraits of brilliant, driven, quarrelsome scientists in the process of dramatically altering the fundamentals of evolution, illuminated by the author's insightful commentary.
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A masterful history of a new field of molecular biology that has wide-ranging implications regarding "human identity, human individuality, [and] human health." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A successful if disturbing argument that there is more to sand than meets the eye."
A fresh history of "the most important solid substance on Earth, the literal foundation of modern civilization." Read full book review >
CHESAPEAKE REQUIEM by Earl Swift
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A well-rendered narrative about how one specific island's fate stands as a warning for all coastal regions."
Land and culture erode on an island in the Chesapeake Bay. Read full book review >

ANOTHER GOOD DOG by Cara Sue Achterberg
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A compassionate and humane canine tale."
A writer's account of how becoming a foster "dog parent" changed her life. Read full book review >
BRAZIL by Lilia M. Schwarcz
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A welcome, readable history of a country that ranks high among the world's economic powers but is too little known beyond its own borders."
A sprawling "biography" of a vast country that has always been much different from any of its neighbors in South America. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A vivid portrait of 1920s American aviation, whose dazzling technical progress could never keep up with the dangerously adventurous fliers who tested the limits of their fragile craft and often died in the process."
A page-turning account of "the precarious, pioneering flights to Hawaii" during the late 1920s. Read full book review >
Released: July 31, 2018

"A mixed bag but useful for explaining the South to Yankees—and perhaps to some Southerners, too."
A Mississippi native returns to the South to revel in the "typically jarring contradictions" of Dixie. Read full book review >
DRIVEN by Melissa Stephenson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"Raw, tender, and uniquely envisioned."
A debut memoir that explores a woman's relationship with her family and dead brother through the cars that came into their lives. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"There are some fine moments on these pages, but too often the narrative is forced—a shame given the intrinsic promise of the setup."
A sporadically funny book by stand-up comedian and world traveler Murray. Read full book review >
KILLING IT by Camas Davis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 24, 2018

"The making of a young female entrepreneur rendered in unvarnished detail."
Finding beauty and moral high ground in the abattoir. 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 >