Nature & Travel Book Reviews

SHOULD THE TENT BE BURNING LIKE THAT? by Bill Heavey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Jam-packed with thoughtful lore and adventure, this book can be enjoyed by those who aren't hunting or fishing folk, but those who participate are the primary audience."
More forays into the sportsman's world from a lively and adroit guide. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An absorbing tale of the profundity of the human-chimp bond and how it can inform interactions among humans."
The story of how a doctor's experiences with wild chimpanzees influenced his work with his human patients. Read full book review >

CUBA ON THE VERGE by Leila Guerriero
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"An affecting portrait of a country that is awash in poverty, sadness, and uncertainty."
Cuba is on the verge…but of what? Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Solid, well-reported popular science for animal lovers."
Colorado-based writer Ehringer (100 Best Ranch Vacations in North America, 2007, etc.) chronicles our changing relations—changes mostly not for the better—with the world of familiar animals. Read full book review >
A VILLAGE WITH MY NAME by Scott  Tong
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"A solid exploration of China past and present in which the author climbs 'a punishing mountain of history with [his] intergenerational team.'"
In his first book, Marketplace correspondent Tong offers a unique look into the lives of his Chinese relatives since the communist takeover in 1949. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"Maddox's investigation lacks the dazzling heft of John McPhee's Annals of the Former World (1998), but it makes for a gentle introduction to early modern natural history, one of the last eras in which a gentleman (or gentlewoman) scholar might ever hope to have a solid grasp of every branch of science."
The word "scientist" is Georgian, but the scientific habit of mind is Victorian—and quite British, as this popular history ably shows. Read full book review >
THE REPORTER'S KITCHEN by Jane Kramer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 21, 2017

"A joyous feast of food, travel, and human relationships."
The longtime New Yorker European correspondent gathers a selection of her finest food-and-travel essays. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2017

"A brief, intense, and entirely enjoyable tour of nature."
An almanac provides meditations inspired by encounters with the natural world. Read full book review >
PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Patrick Leigh Fermor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Recounting triumph and tragedy, these letters help round out a portrait of a writer who had long ago reconciled himself to a minor role in literary history—but who deserves a wide readership all the same."
A collection of correspondence to friends and family over more than half a century, recounting the noted British traveler and writer's adventures over a long life. Read full book review >
HUNTER OF STORIES by Eduardo Galeano
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Although some of these pieces are on the thin side, this is a fitting final flourish for a literary giant of the Latin American left."
The final work of the esteemed Uruguayan journalist and social critic. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities."
How the impending rise in sea levels caused by increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air will make life on the edge of the ocean very different over the next century. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Readers who have forgotten college physics may not understand much about neutrinos, but they will enjoy reading about those who do."
An account of a telescope that "is unlike any other telescope you've ever seen or heard of, a marvel of science "buried more than a mile deep in the ice at the geographic South Pole." 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 >