Nature & Travel Book Reviews

THIS IS CUBA by David Ariosto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A candid firsthand account of an island undergoing a shaky transition."
A journalist witnesses social and political changes in post-Castro Cuba. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"Despite largely ignoring politics, war, and culture, Amrith's thought-provoking history makes a fascinating case that water is equally important, perhaps more so."
A compelling history of India over the last 200 years mostly describing how its people and rulers have dealt with the weather. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 11, 2018

"A middling account for those with an unquenchable jones for yarns of lost codices, Nicholas Cage movies, Edgar Cayce prophecies, and the like."
A companion volume to the DIY treasure-hunting History Channel series. Read full book review >
BABEL by Gaston Dorren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A deft, spirited exploration of the connection of language to a nation's identity and culture."
Multilingual Dutch journalist and linguist Dorren (Lingo: Around Europe in Sixty Languages, 2015, etc.) proves to be a genial, fascinating guide to the modes, manners, and curiosities of the most-spoken languages in the world. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"There is no lack of fascinating anecdotes, but mostly this is a dense catalog that will primarily interest paleontology buffs. Readers searching for a history of the stormy late-19th-century dinosaur discoveries should try The Bonehunters' Revenge (1999) by David Rains Wallace."
From a research associate at the American Museum of Natural History, an exhaustive biography of an adventurous bone hunter, a leading figure in the heroic age of American paleontology. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 4, 2018

"A fresh, well-documented account of U.S.-Latin American relations."
Drawing on archival sources and more than two dozen oral histories, Rutkow (History/Univ. of Central Florida; American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation, 2012) offers a richly detailed examination of efforts to build a highway from Alaska to the tip of Argentina. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR THE LOST TOMBS OF EGYPT by Chris Naunton
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"An authoritative guide leads an illuminating journey into the distant past."
A noted Egyptologist follows the search for burial sites. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 27, 2018

"The canary-in-the-coal-mine image is a powerful one, and this book carries a potent message sure to resonate with conservationists."
Field research into why yellow-cedar trees are dying and how people dependent on it are coping with a changing environment. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"The author tackles an endangered species with less obvious charm than pandas or dolphins, but his love of them and the lore he includes makes this a highly readable book."
A new entry to the rapidly growing body of literature on endangered animals, this time about a species that has survived for millennia and is found around the world. Read full book review >
HUNGOVER by Shaughnessy Bishop-Stall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2018

"A sharp, entertaining foray into one of civilization's most ancient and agonizing quandaries."
An investigation of one of the primary downsides of alcohol that has forever plagued and puzzled the world's drinkers: the common hangover. Read full book review >
THE PATCH by John McPhee
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A sturdy collection of top-shelf McPhee, with a grab bag of curiosities for fans."
A mix of new and old work from New Yorker staff writer McPhee (Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process, 2017, etc.), assembled curiously but with his trademark eye for detail. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"So why did all those critters go extinct? MacPhee suggests rather than asserts, but his book, featuring beautiful illustrations from Schouten, adds thoughtful fuel to a scholarly debate that shows no signs of ending."
Working the "borderland between archeology and paleontology," a paleomammalogist examines a suite of causes for the extinction of large animals during the late Pleistocene. 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 >