Nature & Travel Book Reviews

EDUCATED by Tara Westover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success."
A recent Cambridge University doctorate debuts with a wrenching account of her childhood and youth in a strict Mormon family in a remote region of Idaho. Read full book review >
LIMITS OF THE KNOWN by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Roberts ponders his mortality while celebrating the freedom of wild places. A book for anyone who appreciates good adventure writing."
Veteran mountaineer and historian Roberts (The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest, 2015, etc.) looks once more at the question of why humans are so bent on scaling the world's tall places. Read full book review >

DRESSED UP FOR A RIOT by Michael Idov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Breezy but informative and especially useful for readers contemplating a move to Russia for business or pleasure."
A sometimes-jokey but insightful insider's guide to modern Russia and the Russian mind. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer with particular interest for gastronomes and agriculture enthusiasts."
The story of an intrepid botanist who exposed America to myriad exotic plants and food crops. Read full book review >
RAVEN WALKS AROUND THE WORLD by Thom Henley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2018

"A celebration of nature and passionate call for stewardship of the planet."
An environmental activist, educator, and intrepid traveler recounts his efforts to protect the wilderness. Read full book review >

THE WAY OF BEING LOST by Victoria Price
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2018

"Heartfelt testimony of an arduous search for self-affirmation that will appeal to fellow seekers."
A candid chronicle of determined self-transformation. Read full book review >
A TASTE FOR THE BEAUTIFUL by Michael J.  Ryan
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Despite its appealing title, this is one primarily for the academic market—a good choice for classrooms."
Another look at Darwin's once-controversial theory of sexual selection, in which the author argues that sexual beauty is in the brain of the beholder. Read full book review >
A WILDER TIME by William E.  Glassley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters."
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. Read full book review >
FAREWELL TO THE HORSE by Ulrich Raulff
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A top-notch addition to the library of any cultured equestrian; highly readable from start to finish."
A fascinating canter through the history of horses and their dealings, for better or worse, with humans. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A solid debut book providing intriguing insights into the current state of China's sociocultural system."
A revealing look at some of the women who are changing the way China operates. Read full book review >
IN FULL FLIGHT by John Heminway
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A fascinating story in an occasionally frustrating recounting."
How does one weigh past evils against future good deeds? This is the central question of this at times compelling, at times vexing biographical sketch. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Informative and often entertaining—good reading for anyone looking into the crystal ball for a glimpse of the world a quarter-century from now."
Travels in the China of the aspiring, wanting young. 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 >