Nature & Travel Book Reviews

MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA by Sofija Stefanovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fresh and timely perspective on the immigrant experience—required reading for fans of Stefanovic and a strong inducement for newcomers to explore the rest of her work."
A writer and raconteur chronicles her life growing up in the former-Yugoslavian immigrant subculture of 1990s Australia. Read full book review >
BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI by Edward Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A heartfelt and forward-thinking book in which Lee's experiences and travel accounts successfully create an eager appetite for adventurous recipes, the stories behind the relationships of the people that inspire them, and a strong appreciation for the cooking traditions they've upheld."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur travels across the country to explore the cultural history behind the evolving American cuisine. Read full book review >

GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
ORPHIC PARIS by Henri Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wise, astute, and luminous literary commonplace book."
Self-portrait of a prizewinning poet in search of himself in entrancing Paris. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."
An instructive exploration of endurance, in sports and in life, from a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Read full book review >

THE YEAR OF NO SUMMER by Rachel Lebowitz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Disparate musings cohere into a lyrical meditation on violence, disaster, and humanity's yearning for solace."
In 1815, a volcanic eruption caused a year of devastation. Here is a vivid, disquieting collage of prose pieces that swirl around that one cataclysmic event. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM by Brantley Hargrove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enthralling profile of a storm enthusiast and adrenaline junkie who took his intense interest to extreme measures."
An adroit biography of a thrill-seeking storm chaser. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An expert romp through urban natural history, which, despite the absence of glamorous megafauna, turns out to be a turbulent, hothouse ecosystem whose life is evolving before our eyes."
An appealing argument that "we must embrace and harness the evolutionary forces that are shaping novel ecosystems right here, right now, and work toward allowing nature to grow in the hearts of our cities." Read full book review >
RISINGTIDEFALLINGSTAR by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 2, 2018

"Lush and literate. The author both explains and deepens the enigmas of the sea."
A writer immersed in the lore and life of the sea returns with some ruminations about his favorite subject, interweaving the stories of literary and other artists whose lives were inspired by and/or ended in the ocean. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Aristotle, from St. Augustine and the Buddha to contemporary theological thought, Lightman presents a distilled but comprehensive survey of the search for meaning, or the lack thereof, in our longing to be part of the infinite."
One of our most reliable interpreters of science offers a slender book of ruminations that venture wide and deep. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fascinating look at the adventures of remarkably resilient men, so well-related as to make you feel the chill."
Pulitzer Prize winner Larson (History and Law/Pepperdine Univ.; The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, 2014, etc.) records the three most important expeditions during a highly significant year in polar exploration. Read full book review >
A TOKYO ROMANCE by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"The reward is a wild ride through the late-20th-century Japanese avant-garde scene through the eyes of an innocent from across the sea."
A delicious if squirm-inducing memoir of a young Western artist in 1970s Japan. 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 >