Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures."
Berns (Neuroeconomics/Emory Univ.; How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain, 2013, etc.) reveals how his training to be a doctor shaped his life in unexpected ways. Read full book review >
THE RIVIERA SET by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lovell packs in as many celebrities as possible, which makes for an entertaining book but not one likely to end up on a reference shelf."
Lovell (The Churchills: In Love and War, 2011, etc.) turns her attention to the French Riviera between the wars and into the 1960s. Read full book review >

GHOST EMPIRE by Richard  Fidler
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Fidler provides a palpable sense of this glittering city built as 'a mirror of heaven.'"
A history/travel guide about the fabled eastern capital of the Romans. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE HEART by Mary  Emerick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A moving and bittersweet memoir of a woman's love affair with a unique profession."
An intimate account of what it means to be a female wildland firefighter. Read full book review >
AT THE STRANGERS' GATE by Adam Gopnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not exactly a Horatio Alger story but an engaging tale of a writer finding his way in work and life."
A longtime New Yorker contributor writes about his early years in the city—the 1980s principally—ruminating about art and artists, love and apartments, writing and reading and speaking, and the city that he loves. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"We are losing much biodiversity because of human meddling, writes this contrarian ecologist in his fascinating book. However, 'come back in a million years and we might be looking at several million new species whose existence can be attributed to humans.'"
An optimistic view of nature amid the current environmental crisis. Read full book review >
BORDER by Kapka Kassabova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A dreamlike account that subtly draws readers into the author's ambivalent experience of a homeland that has changed almost beyond recognition."
A writer who has lived in Scotland for many years chronicles her return to her birthplace to explore the idea and reality of boundaries between nations. Read full book review >
CROSSINGS by Jon  Kerstetter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An inspiring memoir that will be highly useful to readers struggling with PTSD and other wartime injuries."
A soldier and physician writes of overcoming wounds visible and invisible upon returning from battle. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Worth sampling if not ingesting in one sitting, the collection provides a comprehensive introduction to a provocative vision of the contemporary state of human connection to—and disconnection from—nature."
Selections from the 10 volumes published by the Dark Mountain Project give readers a taste of the organization's mission: "to play host to voices seeking honest engagement with questions that might be intractable." Read full book review >
COMING TO MY SENSES by Alice Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An almost charmed restaurant life that exhales the sweet aromas of honesty and self-awareness."
The veteran and much-honored chef and writer returns with a memoir that shows how bumps, bruises, and even youthful confusion and clumsiness can form the Yellow Brick Road. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A well-told tale of naval exploits in which gold is the MacGuffin."
The history of the sinking of a trans-Atlantic liner and the hunt for the 43 tons of gold it was carrying. Read full book review >
DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. 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 >