Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

THE NEW WILD by Fred Pearce
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 7, 2015

"Pearce's book could use some pruning and shaping of its own, but his theme is significant: There is no going back when change is the norm."
Environmental journalist Pearce (The Land Grabbers: The New Fight over Who Owns the Earth, 2012, etc.) examines the effects of introduced species and our responses to them. Read full book review >
NO SUCH THING AS FAILURE by David Hempleman-Adams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Solidly entertaining. Always looking for new challenges (perhaps sailing next?), he assures readers that he will 'keep [them] posted' about his adventures to come."
An account of the British adventurer's global travels: hot-air ballooning across the Atlantic, walking across the poles and climbing the highest peaks. Read full book review >

MOTORCYCLES I'VE LOVED by Lily Brooks-Dalton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Despite the interesting details of her back story, Brooks-Dalton's journey of reinvention is disappointingly mundane and uneventful."
A travel-hungry young woman's memoir of her unexpected love affair with motorcycles. Read full book review >
GORGE by Kara Richardson Whitely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 7, 2015

"Disappointing despite its honesty and flair."
A physical journey up Mount Kilimanjaro and an emotional journey through a lifetime of baggage. Read full book review >
DRIVING THE FUTURE by Margo Oge
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 7, 2015

"An exhaustive, occasionally exhausting look at the long and winding road to a smart car future."
Environmental Protection Agency insider Oge meticulously recounts the political battles that have cleared the way for more intelligent, fuel-efficient transportation. Read full book review >

A ROUGH RIDE TO THE FUTURE by James Lovelock
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 3, 2015

"For those so inclined, this book is like getting Mother Earth News and Wired magazines in the mail on the same day."
A radical shift in thinking about climate change from Lovelock, the originator of the Gaia theory. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2015

"This lightweight book is all about the dog, and, though more entertaining than the allegorical ALDD might be, it remains Lincoln-lite."
Yet another trickle in the constant flood of Lincolniana, this book reports on the qualities of the quadruped that filled the job of Lincoln family dog. Read full book review >
FERAL CITIES by Tristan Donovan
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2015

"A clear demonstration that the world's cities are full of nonhuman life, best read in small doses, say a chapter at a time on one's daily commute to and from the city."
Exploration of the creatures that share our urban centers, including giant house-eating snails in Miami, leopards in Mumbai, wild pigs in Berlin and red foxes in London. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 31, 2015

"Generally sympathetic to its subject and well-written but to be consulted only after William Kahrl's Water and Power (1982) and Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert (1986)."
Dutiful story of a man who, not having finished high school, "let alone set foot in an engineering class," designed a metropolitan water system that is still in use today. Read full book review >
CUCKOO by Nick Davies
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 26, 2015

"'My hope is that this reads like a nature detective story,' writes Davies. He has achieved his goal and more in this fascinating study of 'an evolutionary arms race.'"
Davies (Behavioral Ecology/Univ. of Cambridge; Cambridge Cuckoos, Cowbirds and Other Cheats, 2000, etc.) chronicles his 30-year attempt to solve what he calls "an enduring puzzle: how does the cuckoo get away with such outrageous behavior?"Read full book review >
AROUND THE WORLD IN 50 YEARS by Albert Podell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"The book features occasionally salacious details, but there is never a dull moment."
The globe-trotting adventures of former magazine editor Podell (co-author: Who Needs a Road?: The Story of the Longest and Last Motor Journey Around the World, 1967).Read full book review >
THE PORCELAIN THIEF by Huan Hsu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 24, 2015

"Some first-rate detective work sometimes obscured by excessively thick historical shrubbery."
A former journalist and current professor searches for the rare porcelain buried by his great-great-grandfather in 1938, when Japanese invaders approached his property in Xingang, China. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >