Nature & Travel Book Reviews

Released: June 19, 2018

"An important contribution to the literature of environmental activism—and environmental racism."
"There are lots of villains in this story": An Iraqi immigrant and pediatrician recounts the epidemiological sleuthing that uncovered the lead crisis in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan. Read full book review >
THE DEBATABLE LAND by Graham Robb
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An imagination-stimulating work in which the past seems 'to dissolve and reshape itself.'"
Robb (The Discovery of Middle Earth: Mapping the Lost World of the Celts, 2013, etc.) uses his vast knowledge of Celtic history, languages, and geography to create a fascinating book of history and adventure. Read full book review >

LOST IN MATH by Sabine Hossenfelder
Released: June 12, 2018

"Even educated readers will struggle to understand the elements of modern physics, but they will have no trouble enjoying this insightful, delightfully pugnacious polemic about its leading controversy."
A theoretical physicist delivers an entertaining attack on her profession, arguing that it has fallen in love with theories that bear little relation to reality. Read full book review >
ROUGH BEAUTY by Karen Auvinen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A fine example of the hybrid nature-memoir."
These outstanding autobiographical essays explore solitude, traumatic events, and a deep commitment to place. Read full book review >
THE TRAVELING FEAST by Rick Bass
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"Dripping with tasty anecdotes, literary tales, and great food, this joyful book is delightful."
Have skillet, will travel; or, one writer's "pilgrimage of gratitude and generosity." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"An adroit portrait of an early American physician who became a pioneering horticulturist."
A biography of David Hosack (1769-1835), a nature-obsessed doctor who "was convinced that saving lives also depended on knowing the natural world outside the human body." Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A fascinating journey led by a passionate guide."
Emotionally wrenching music from northwestern Greece evokes questions about the meaning of music itself. Read full book review >
CALYPSO by David Sedaris
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2018

"Sedaris at his darkest—and his best."
In which the veteran humorist enters middle age with fine snark but some trepidation as well. Read full book review >
RUTHLESS TIDE by Al Roker
Released: May 22, 2018

"An exciting, tragic story seasoned with sensitive social analysis and criticism."
The ebullient weather personality from NBC's Today show returns with a flood account that is both intimate and alert to the wealth and class distinctions highlighted by the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Simultaneously uplifting, inspiring, and dispiriting."
An entertaining and informative trip around Alaska's coastline, one man's "event of a lifetime." Read full book review >
A THIRSTY LAND by Seamus McGraw
Released: May 9, 2018

"Observers of Western water ways will want to have this on their shelves alongside the likes of Marc Reisner and Charles Bowden."
A hard look at a hard problem: finding sufficient water to live in a place without much of it. 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 >