Nature & Travel Book Reviews

WALKING THE HIMALAYAS by Levison Wood
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"The author's intentions are genuine and ambitious, but the result is uninspired."
In a follow-up to his African odyssey (Walking the Nile, 2016), explorer Wood hits the road again on a trans-Asian adventure. Read full book review >
THIS ROAD I RIDE by Juliana Buhring
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A searching, engaging memoir from an author who 'can be at home no matter where...in the world.'"
An endurance cyclist's account of how the death of the man she loved became the catalyst for a record-setting around-the-world cycling journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: May 24, 2016

"A fresh, lively look at an obsessive desire to own a piece of the wild."
In her spirited debut book, a journalist recounts her quest for a coveted aquarium fish. Read full book review >
NO WAY BUT GENTLENESSE by Richard Hines
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 24, 2016

"A delightful story of a boy, his birds, and his pursuit of knowledge in spite of society's dictates."
How catching and training a kestrel changed the life of a young British boy. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"An engaging travel narrative for both language lovers and general audiences."
A blogger and documentary filmmaker's account of how she and her family became globe-trotting foreign language learners. Read full book review >

FINDING FONTAINEBLEAU by Thad Carhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"Those lucky enough to have lived and attended school in Europe will love this book, and anyone heading to Paris will surely add Fontainebleau to his or her schedule."
The author of The Piano Shop on the Left Bank (2001) returns with another celebration of France.Read full book review >
THE UNDERDOGS by Melissa Fay Greene
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 17, 2016

"Dog lovers, parents of special needs kids, and those who love feel-good stories will delight in these heartwarming portraits of dogs and their families."
Personal stories of service dogs in action. Read full book review >
STREET OF ETERNAL HAPPINESS by Rob Schmitz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 17, 2016

"Probing human-interest stories that mine the heart of today's China."
A study of vastly changing China from the perspective of one busy street in the center of Shanghai. Read full book review >
GOATMAN by Thomas Thwaites
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2016

"A quirkily entertaining exploration of what it means to be human and what it might be like to be a goat."
What would it be like to be a goat? Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2016

"Great fun for anyone with even a slight knowledge of Roman and English history and geography—or those curious about them."
A delightful trip from Rome to Hadrian's Wall—in C.E. 130. Read full book review >
COYOTE SETTLES THE SOUTH by John Lane
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 15, 2016

"A thoughtful, though not fully satisfying, look at 'the collision of the domestic and the returning wild.'"
Southeastern suburbia confronts wild predators. Read full book review >
SILENT SPARKS by Sara Lewis
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 10, 2016

"A delightful book sure to charm nature lovers of all ages."
An exploration of the little-known lives of fireflies. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >