Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

FINDING NORTH by George Michelsen Foy
Released: May 10, 2016

"Armchair sailors will enjoy the vicarious thrills of Foy's brief journeys, and even those with no intentions of abandoning their smartphones will find something to ponder in his speculations about the challenges of gadget-free navigation."
Novelist and amateur sailor Foy (Creative Writing/New York Univ.; Zero Decibels: The Quest for Absolute Silence, 2010, etc.), who sees technology as a distinctly mixed blessing, chronicles his journey up the New England coast in a rickety boat without satellite guidance.Read full book review >
FOLLOWING FISH by Samanth Subramanian
Released: May 10, 2016

"An enjoyable exploration of the coastline of India, with a focus on fish."
A travelogue by an Indian journalist about the many roles of fish within his nation's culture. Read full book review >

PIT BULL by Bronwen Dickey
Released: May 10, 2016

"An appealing look at how our relationships with man's best friend provides a mirror of cultural mores."
In her debut, essayist and journalist Dickey, a contributor to the Oxford American, addresses how the prevailing negative image of pit bulls is not only misguided, but also a mark of broader social prejudices.Read full book review >
THE GREAT CLOD by Gary Snyder
Released: May 8, 2016

"Elegant and thoughtful, with much to read between the lines in commentary on a long life's work. Students and admirers of Snyder will be enchanted and intrigued."
The noted poet and essayist returns with a deceptively small book enfolding a lifetime's worth of study. Read full book review >
RUN, SPOT, RUN by Jessica Pierce
Released: May 6, 2016

"A thoughtful book that should spark debate, with the author stressing that bringing a companion animal into one's life is an ethical commitment that should not to be taken lightly."
Examination of the pros and cons of pet ownership from the standpoint of ethics. Read full book review >

Released: May 6, 2016

"Fluently translated by several hands and introduced by Teffi's biographer, Edythe Haber, these are priceless anecdotes and beautiful portraits of friends and acquaintances lost forever."
Poignant reflections of a beloved Russian humorist as she fled her homeland on the eve of Bolshevik victory. Read full book review >
WHITE SANDS by Geoff Dyer
Released: May 3, 2016

"A mesmerizing compendium that reflects on time, place, and just what, exactly, we are doing here."
In a slender volume that contains multitudes, the award-winning critic and novelist details his travels in such far-flung places as Tahiti and the Arctic Circle. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"A Frenchwoman entertainingly reflects on what she learned about herself, her family's wine business, and wines in general while living in the U.S."
How one Frenchwoman's stint in New York City helped her find her roots. Read full book review >
PINPOINT by Greg Milner
Released: May 3, 2016

"Milner has done his homework, assuring readers will be satisfied, educated, and occasionally amazed."
What universal digital service is essential to the world's infrastructure and our daily lives? Yes, the Internet, but more fundamentally, the Global Positioning System. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2016

"It's no Young Men and Fire, but Santos provides a good summary of terrible events and their aftermath."
New York Times Phoenix bureau chief Santos looks into a lightning-caused blaze that killed 19 Arizona firefighters in the summer of 2013. Read full book review >
Released: May 2, 2016

"A scathing indictment of an industry run amok; belongs on every pet lover's bookshelf."
A hard-hitting exploration of the idea of "dogs as a product." Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2016

"A spirited look at the business and impact of delivering mail."
How America got mail. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Emma Straub
May 30, 2016

In Emma Straub’s new novel Modern Lovers, friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose—about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them—can never be reclaimed. “Straub’s characters are a quirky and interesting bunch, well aware of their own good fortune, and it’s a pleasure spending time with them in leafy Ditmas Park,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >