Nature & Travel Book Reviews

HERE IS REAL MAGIC by Nate  Staniforth
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Magic can be unnecessarily flashy, but this book isn't flashy at all; it's an assured and thoughtful work about finding true 'awe and wonder.'"
A magician conjures up memories, dreams, and reflections on his craft. Read full book review >
STALKING GOD by Anjali Kumar
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A pleasantly thought-provoking memoir."
After the birth of her first child, a lawyer goes on a spiritual quest to "believe in something bigger than myself." Read full book review >

THE STOWAWAY by Laurie Gwen Shapiro
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Thoroughly researched, but the narrative reads like a yarn from that era."
The story of an adventurous boy who captured America's imagination in an age of significant exploration. Read full book review >
I, MAMMAL by Liam Drew
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"A solid and demanding account, one best read after some grounding in current evolutionary and biological theories."
A tale of scrotality and other pressing mammalian concerns. Read full book review >
THE EPIC CITY by Kushanava Choudhury
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A candid and often moving history of a city's dramatic past and roiling present."
The son of immigrant parents creates a vivid, affectionate, and gritty portrait of a complex city. Read full book review >

THE LAST LONDON by Iain  Sinclair
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"This is no ordinary memoir, but we wouldn't expect such from one of England's most inventive psychogeographic writers. Patience will reward each reader in his or her own way."
An unconventional, atmospheric exploration of London from one its most unique chroniclers. Read full book review >
VOICES, PLACES by David Mason
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Attached to the notion that all places are stories and all stories places, Mason, at his best, draws an illuminating literary cartography with many fascinating ports of call."
A combination of penetrating considerations of renowned and out-of-fashion poets and keen appreciations of the interplay of landscape and culture. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"Previously published in England, the book may have greater resonance with those more familiar with the birds, organizations, and conservation efforts there, but the core message of this delightful book will appeal to birders everywhere."
Glowing praise for birds from the prolific nature writer and novelist, who is filled with great affection and admiration for our feathered friends. Read full book review >
HIMALAYA BOUND by Michael Benanav
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies."
A photojournalist and wilderness guide explores tensions between the conservation impulse and the lives of imperiled nomadic herders in this sympathetic but balanced account of their arduous days on the trail. Read full book review >
IN AMERICA by Caitríona Perry
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A cleareyed portrait of Americans' bitterness, hope, and fear."
A fresh perspective on the supporters of Donald Trump. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 1, 2018

"McGaha offers plenty of detail about life with a tiny herd of goats, but readers will finish the book with more knowledge about the outer lives of the chickens, goats, and dogs than the inner lives of their human owners."
A couple's massive tax debt leads them to move to a cabin in the North Carolina woods. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. 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 >