Nature & Travel Book Reviews

EATING PROMISCUOUSLY by James McWilliams
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"McWilliams presents a solid argument, though it is not as radical or inspiring as he may have hoped, and the book could use more focused attention on creating the ideal world the author envisions.
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A food writer and historian argues that humans would be healthier with a more diverse diet. Read full book review >
LOVE, AFRICA by Jeffrey  Gettleman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A stark, eye-opening, and sometimes-horrifying portrait by a reporter enthralled by the 'power and magic' of Africa."
A passionate debut memoir bears witness to political turmoil. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Illuminating and entertaining—heady science written for a lay readership, bringing scaling theory and kindred ideas to a large audience."
From a dean of complexity theory comes a sharp consideration of the pace and pattern of life in a universe of "complex adaptive systems." Read full book review >
STING LIKE A BEE by Leigh Montville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2017

"A dramatic, pleasing tale of a sports iconoclast fighting for his rights during tumultuous times."
Fast-paced account of Muhammad Ali's struggle as a conscientious draft objector, a flashpoint for a tumultuous era. Read full book review >
GROWING A REVOLUTION by David R. Montgomery
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Montgomery's fascinating exposé of how our food is grown will convince readers that soil health should not remain an under-the-radar issue and that we all benefit from embracing a new philosophy of farming."
An optimistic look at how regenerative farming can revive the world's soil, increasing food production, boosting cost effectiveness, and slowing climate change. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Prum writes that his goal was to present the 'full, distinctive richness, complexity, and diversity of this aesthetic view of life.' He absolutely succeeds, though fierce debate will continue among evolutionary biologists."
A robust defense of Charles Darwin's aesthetic theory of evolution. Read full book review >
THE OUTER BEACH by Robert Finch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Vivid and graceful reflections on water and wind, shifting sands, and the inevitability of change."
Lyrical reflections, natural history, and nuggets of wisdom inspired by walks at the shore. Read full book review >
ONE MORE WARBLER by Victor Emanuel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"A charming narrative for avid birders and armchair nature lovers, sure to inspire at least a few flights of fancy."
One of the world's foremost birders reflects on his life in nature, which has always "kept me young through a sense of wonder." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 9, 2017

"Speaking to both animal welfare and the well-being of wounded warriors, Montalván's memoir is a testimonial to the 'quest for wholeness' and the healing power of companionship."
Affecting memoir by wounded veteran and PTSD-treatment advocate Montalván (Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, 2011), well known for his public appearances with his service dog, Tuesday. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2017

"As a travel writer, Liebermann is a work in progress, but the talent is there, needing only to be honed and refined."
A Jerusalem-based CNN correspondent's memoir of round-the-world travel with a near-fatal disease. Read full book review >
ALL OVER THE PLACE by Geraldine DeRuiter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"Despite her strenuous attempts to be funny, more often than not, the author falls flat."
A travel memoir from the author of a popular blog. Read full book review >
THE HISTORY OF THE FUTURE by Edward McPherson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A lively, enlightening, and occasionally disturbing book that envisions the future as already broken."
Off to look for America. 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 >