Nature & Travel Book Reviews

THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An entertaining but too predictable tale."
A handsome prince turns into an ogre in a memoir that reads like a fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE TIDE by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging exploration of the profound historical relationship between science and culture, written in a lively style with clear scientific explanations."
An exploration of "the discovery and science of the cosmic rhythm that governs our planet." Read full book review >

WHEN IN FRENCH by Lauren Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A memoir filled with pleasing passages in every chapter."
A memoir of unexpected love with a Frenchman. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND by Edward Wilson-Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Wilson-Lee enjoyably melds memoir, history, and literary travelogue to reveal the surprising hold that Shakespeare continues to have on a culture remote from his own."
Pursuing the Bard across the history, geography, and culture of East Africa. Read full book review >
IF VENICE DIES by Salvatore Settis
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"An impassioned plea that every lover of Venice, urban planner, architect, and cultural historian should read."
Archaeologist and art historian Settis (The Future of the Classical, 2006, etc.) explores how troubled Venice is capable of being the true vision of a city. Read full book review >

THE HOME PLACE by J. Drew Lanham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A shrewd meditation on home, family, nature, and the author's native South."
An ornithologist writes about himself as a member of a rare and perhaps endangered species: the African-American birder. Read full book review >
VIETNAM by Christopher Goscha
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A vigorous, eye-opening account of a country of great importance to the world, past and future."
America was not the first world power to meet defeat in far-distant Vietnam. The reasons for that loss emerge from this welcome overview of that nation's history. Read full book review >
PANCAKES IN PARIS by Craig Carlson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A light, entertaining story of how a man turned his pipe dream into a profitable, highly respected business."
How the author created the ultimate American diner experience in Paris. Read full book review >
RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN by Miriam Horn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An optimistic journal of promise for the future and a supremely motivational text for readers interested in Earth's compromised biodiversity."
Journalistic portraits of pioneering farmers, harvesters, and conservationists unafraid to fight for the protection of the American landscapes they cultivate. Read full book review >
SWIMMING IN THE SINK by Lynne Cox
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A simple, inspiring memoir."
An open water swimmer's memoir about how she survived a traumatic year marred by heartbreak and a life-threatening health crisis. Read full book review >
DON'T THINK TWICE by Barbara Schoichet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An all-inclusive and honest account of how one woman used a motorcycle journey to come to grips with painful events in her life."
How a cross-country motorcycle ride helped the author combat severe depression. Read full book review >
SUPER SUSHI RAMEN EXPRESS by Michael Booth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"While some readers may wish for deeper explorations of some of Booth's subjects, he covers the current state of Japanese cuisine with humor and intelligence."
A British food and travel writer takes his wife, two young sons, and a bubbly brand of humor to Japan in hopes of examining the food culture and losing a few of the pounds he has picked up living and cooking in Paris. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >