Nature & Travel Book Reviews

THE EQUATIONS OF LIFE by Charles S. Cockell
Released: June 19, 2018

"Many readers will find the equations incomprehensible, but they will relish a lucid, provocative argument that the dazzling variety of organisms produced by 4 billion years of evolution may seem unbounded, but all follow universal laws."
An insightful argument that evolution, despite producing complex creatures as different as bacteria, bugs, and humans, must obey scientific laws. Read full book review >
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 >
LIFE IN THE GARDEN by Penelope Lively
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"A gentle elegy on the 'charisma' of gardens."
A memoir about how gardening sharpens the eye and buoys the spirit. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIFE OF COWS by Rosamund Young
Released: June 12, 2018

"A pleasant book about the joys of close observation."
British farmer Young shows how she has continued her family's farming tradition, a moral, observant, and personal way of farming that predates the "organic" trend or even the use of the term. 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 >
TASTING THE PAST by Kevin Begos
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"The narrative occasionally drags, but this multidisciplinary master class in the history, science, religion, and literature of wines is as luscious as a full-bodied pinot noir."
You don't need to be an oenophile to enjoy this flavorful adventure about one wine nerd's search for the perfect grape. Read full book review >
AUTUMN IN VENICE by Andrea di Robilant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"A sensitive recounting of a writer's doomed fantasy."
Passion, frustration, and anger erupted in Ernest Hemingway's last years. 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 >
Released: June 5, 2018

"In this enjoyable historical adventure, an unsolved mystery reveals violent political and economic rivalries and dire personal struggles."
Early settlers vanish, spawning centuries of speculation. 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 >
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 >