Nature & Travel Book Reviews

CAESAR'S LAST BREATH by Sam Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Read full book review >
FETCH by Nicole J. Georges
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"Will appeal to readers who love both graphic narratives and dogs, but it's not as memorable as the author's previous memoir."
A graphic memoir about a pet dog is more about the artist who lived with her for 15 years or so. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation."
Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008. Read full book review >
SO HAPPINESS TO MEET YOU by Karin Esterhammer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A brisk chronicle of a family's (mis)adventures in Vietnam."
A lighthearted memoir of new friends, delicious food, and culture shock. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"A highly polished memoir of enormous heart."
The Latvian world of her grandmother draws the writer, an American, back to the old country to re-create a vanished life between farm and war. Read full book review >

Released: July 11, 2017

"A welcome contribution to a once-vibrant anthropological literature without many recent entries."
A spirited ethnography of the ancestral peoples of the Kalahari. Read full book review >
TAMED BY A BEAR by Priscilla  Stuckey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"The book may find a few appreciative readers in Santa Fe and Sedona, but fans of actual ursines will want to look elsewhere, while those seeking wisdom from a bear ought to look no farther than A.A. Milne."
Albuquerque-based spiritual counselor Stuckey (Kissed by a Fox: And Other Stories of Friendship in Nature, 2012) delivers a tale of the bear as yogi. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"As this fine book shows, when it comes to Western interactions with Africa, meaning well is a necessary but far from sufficient condition."
In her sure-to-be-controversial first book, Christian Science Monitor correspondent Hanes investigates why so many Western-led conservation efforts in Africa go so wrong so often. Read full book review >
ARS BOTANICA by Tim  Taranto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 11, 2017

"An uneven, often heart-wrenching attempt at resolving a personal struggle through art but also a sobering consideration of how things happen—or don't."
An unusual narrative of loss that becomes both a meditation on the Earth and a benediction for one who won't be around to enjoy it. Read full book review >
A PARIS ALL YOUR OWN by Eleanor Brown
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 4, 2017

"A quick and fun read that should delight seasoned travelers as well as those planning their first adventure to this 'enormous and complex place.'"
A collection of short essays by female authors on Paris, a city that "is so many things, all of them wonderful." Read full book review >
TO THE NEW OWNERS by Madeleine Blais
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"If not quite as funny as billed, there remains much gentle humor and a certain elegiac sweetness that more than compensates—that, and a touching coda."
A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author gives a familial face to the mystique of Martha's Vineyard in this unfailingly charming reminiscence of summers spent on the island. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"A treasure vault for vexillologists, full of meaning beyond the hue and thread of the world's banners."
Of flags grand and old, black and blue, marking us and them and giving us all the license we need to kill. 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 >