Nature & Travel Book Reviews

BOOKSHOPS by Jorge  Carrión
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An insightful, educational, and erudite paean to bookshops."
A literate mappa mundi to bookstores. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In the main, Blakeslee's well-rendered story will be familiar to anyone who has followed the Yellowstone wolves, but those who have not will find this a solid overview of recent events—evenhanded but clearly and rightly on the side of the wolves."
On-the-ground reporting on the fate of Canis lupus as a creature once nearly extirpated struggles to regain a home in the Rockies. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A fine, readable work of advocacy journalism, of a piece with Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert, that deserves to inform discussion about the mustang issue as it plays out in courts and in Congress."
A gimlet-eyed look at the place of the wild horse in the landscape of the American West and at the poor legacy of human relations with that spirited animal. Read full book review >
NINE CONTINENTS by Xiaolu Guo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A rich and insightful coming-of-age story of not only a woman, but an artist and the country in which she was born."
A gripping memoir about growing up in—and leaving—China, from one of Britain's most acclaimed young novelists. Read full book review >
REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY by Caitlin Doughty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Death gets the last word in this affably written, meticulously researched study of funerary customs."
In the follow-up to her well-received debut, Smoke Gets in your Eyes (2014), a mortician delivers a wide-eyed report on burial customs across the world. Read full book review >
GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. Read full book review >
A TASTE OF PARIS by David Downie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A zesty, entertaining romp through the landscape of French food."
A Francophile takes a spirited jaunt through French history, focused on food. Read full book review >
NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI by Richard Lloyd Parry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A sobering and compelling narrative of calamity."
Pensive travels in the wake of one of the world's most devastating recent disasters, the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 15, 2017

"A galvanizing forecast of global warming's endgame and a powerful indictment of America's current stance."
A well-researched and grim exploration of the connections between climate change and the political hostility toward the refugees it creates. 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 >