Nature & Travel Book Reviews

WALKING WITH ABEL by Anna Badkhen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Readers with hectic lives may find the pace a bit slow, but the poetry in Badkhen's prose demands that readers slow down and savor her gentle, elegant story."
A journalist records her impressions of living with a group of nomads as they travel with their herds of cows back and forth across Mali. Read full book review >
A TOUR OF BONES by Denise Inge
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An adventurous and macabre tribute to the eternal longevity of human bones."
A chronicle of the author's visits to a selection of Europe's bone chapels and her reflections on fear and mortality. Read full book review >

DEER ISLAND by Neil Ansell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"Stark but lucid, with moments of genuine poetry."
A former British charity worker tells the quietly lyrical story of a peripatetic young adulthood. Read full book review >
VOICES IN THE OCEAN by Susan Casey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"'Not only is the universe stranger than we imagine,' said astrophysicist Arthur Eddington. 'It is stranger than we can imagine.' That sublime wildness is exactly what Casey, ever the adventurer, reveals in this flawed but still entertaining book."
Former O, the Oprah Magazine editor-in-chief Casey (The Wave: In Pursuit of the Rogues, Freaks and Giants of the Ocean, 2010, etc.) takes the measure of the human-dolphin dance.Read full book review >
Bibi & Babu in Africa by Bonnie  Toews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 4, 2015

"An approachable grandparent voice guides students interested in African animals, mountain climbing, and travel, with great pictures to match. "
Recalling their trip to Tanzania, two grandparents offer photos and a collection of facts about animals on safari, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, and the plight of Tanzanian orphans. Read full book review >

DANCING WITH THE DEVIL IN THE CITY OF GOD by Juliana Barbassa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 28, 2015

"Energetic, intrepid reporting by an insider."
Frank, fluid dispatches from her hometown by an Associated Press correspondent relocated to Rio de Janeiro just as the city was supposed to be poised for greatness—or was it? Read full book review >
BARBARIAN DAYS by William Finnegan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"A lyrical and intense memoir."
An award-winning staff writer for the New Yorker offers a probing account of his lifetime passion for surfing.Read full book review >
SPIRALS IN TIME by Helen Scales
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: July 21, 2015

"An enchanting, accessible tour of the seashell and its place and purpose within the natural world."
British marine biologist Scales (Poseidon's Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality, 2009) reinvigorates conchology and the lost art of seashell appreciation.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 21, 2015

"A volume that is like a Eurail Pass that will carry you through gorgeous terrain you will want to explore in more depth."
With a subtitle that serves as a swift, sweet summary, an adjunct professor (Entomology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology/Univ. of Arizona) compresses the cultural and natural history of flowers into a few hundred graceful pages. Read full book review >
GREEN HILLS OF AFRICA by Ernest Hemingway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 21, 2015

"Papa's best and worst on full display, sometimes in the same paragraph."
A Hemingway son and grandson present a reprinting of their ancestor's 1935 work (Hemingway Library Edition) along with some illuminating supplementary material. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2015

"Not for the fainthearted, but a good wake-up call for those concerned with decent treatment of animals and healthy food on the table."
A searing exposé of the brutal treatment animals receive on their ways to our dinner plates. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 14, 2015

"A feel-good, bittersweet memoir with few surprises."
Veterinarian Vogelsang pays tribute to the dogs that have played important roles in her life and professional practice. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >