Nature & Travel Book Reviews

THE WOOD FOR THE TREES by Richard Fortey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2016

"An eloquent, eccentric, and precise nature memoir."
A distinguished British paleontologist offers a meticulously compiled "biography" of four acres of woodland in Oxfordshire, England. Read full book review >
ARE NUMBERS REAL? by Brian Clegg
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Solid as a straightforward chronology of how mathematics has developed over time, and the author adds a provocative note urging scientists to keep it in its place."
The emphasis is on "real" in the latest by the prolific British science writer, who questions the extent to which mathematics truly reflects the workings of nature. Read full book review >

EARTH IN HUMAN HANDS by David Grinspoon
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A scattershot approach to an admittedly diffuse set of problems but of broad interest and with a refreshing chaser of optimism."
Another dispatch from the Anthropocene, the geological age in which humans dominate at the expense of all other lifeforms. Read full book review >
THE MARCHES by Rory Stewart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"Another winner from a consistently engaging author."
The author's journey along Hadrian's Wall, which allowed him "to explore and answer questions about Scottish nationalism, Rome, Frontiers, and Empires." Read full book review >
THE ETHICAL CARNIVORE by Louise Gray
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A courageous and important narrative offering an enlightened perspective on making informed choices about eating meat."
Knowing where your food comes from is an important aspect of food culture for a growing segment of the American population. British environmental journalist Gray moves the idea into deeper territory. Read full book review >

ISTANBUL by Thomas F. Madden
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"An illuminating journey through the history and culture of the metropolis that 'still towers over all other cities in Europe and the Middle East.'"
The author of Venice: A New History (2012) returns with the astonishing and sanguinary story of the iconic city on the Bosporus. Read full book review >
DANGEROUS YEARS by David Orr
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 22, 2016

"A well-meaning but diffident treatise. Read Lewis Dartnell's The Knowledge (2014) for a more useful take on what comes next."
Farewell, beloved planet. Read full book review >
GRAPE, OLIVE, PIG by Matt Goulding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"A set of tantalizing verbal snapshots rather than a culinary map of the region, the book clearly communicates the author's affection for the food, both simple and refined, of his chosen country and makes obvious how much difference a change of just a few dozen miles makes in what ingredients and dishes are favored and seen as representative of the culture."
An enthusiastic journey through some of Spain's culinary hot spots, with emphasis on the work of professional chefs. Read full book review >
THE UNNATURAL WORLD by David Biello
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 15, 2016

"In this well-written, significant book, Biello insists that humans, the world's most successful invasive species, have the ability to engage in planetary protection and human survival, but it will require wisdom, innovation, and restraint."
In his first book, Scientific American editor Biello argues that it is not a lack of money or technology that prevents our addressing environmental and societal ills but rather a lack of motivation. Read full book review >
SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS by John Baxter
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Whether you're planning your first trip to Paris or absolutely have to stop in Paris on your way anywhere, this book, in addition to the author's previous guides, is essential."
Baxter (Hemingway's Paris: A User's Guide, 2016, etc.) provides another delightful salute to Paris. Read full book review >
FRANCE by Jonathan Fenby
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A capable history sure to appeal to all lovers of France."
Fenby (Will China Dominate the 21st Century?, 2014, etc.) investigates France's attempts to live up to her revolutionary ideals and how she has become a prisoner of her history and its narratives. Read full book review >
ONE WITH THE TIGER by Steven Church
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"A powerfully written attention-grabber with a questionable message."
An exploration of the fascination with the "savage and the wild inside" us, which fuels the human desire "to get intimately close to apex predators." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >