Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"Fails to scale the literary heights of Arlene Blum's Annapurna: A Woman's Place (1982) in the canon of women's mountaineering books but still worthy for aspiring climbers"
A memoir of mountaineering and life by a Canadian alpinist. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2018

"Whether China succeeds is, of course, for the future to tell. That it has emerged so rapidly as the region's superpower, though, makes this brief study particularly timely."
Illuminating study of China's ambitious efforts to extend its influence in Southeast Asia by means of a high-speed rail system. Read full book review >

MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A lyrically heartfelt memoir of resilience in the face of significant obstacles."
A young essayist's memoir of her extraordinary riches-to-rags childhood in the Philippines. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A must-have for fans of ancient reptiles and their lost world."
A nimble introduction to the world of dinosaurs, those supposed "dead ends in the history of life." Read full book review >
I'M JUST GETTING TO THE DISTURBING PART by Steven Church
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2018

"Less interior reflection than an uneven but intermittently potent stumble toward a path into an uncertain future."
An essayist challenges expectations of "truth" and "clarity" as he frequently finds himself in a state of flux. Read full book review >

THE ELECTRIC WOMAN by Tessa Fontaine
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A sometimes-engrossing but overlong memoir about carnival life and family bonds."
A writer performs in a traveling sideshow tour after spending three years with her mother as she endured a series of debilitating strokes. Read full book review >
ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD by Craig Childs
Released: May 1, 2018

"A tight weave of professional findings, anecdotes, site visits, and explanations behind ancient artifacts make this book both engaging and indispensable for those with an interest in prehistory."
Scenarios of glacial and postglacial environments in the Americas. Read full book review >
COUCHSURFING IN IRAN by Stephan Orth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A breezy narrative that offers a couch-level view of Iran that you won't find in travel guides."
A German-based journalist chronicles his travels to Iran. Read full book review >
THE FAIR CHASE by Philip Dray
Released: May 1, 2018

"While steering clear of taking sides in the matter of recreational hunting, Dray provides a lively history that can be enjoyed by hunters and conservationists alike."
A revealing history of recreational hunting in America and the numerous social and political complexities involved. Read full book review >
YOUNG WASHINGTON by Peter Stark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A discerning history of pre-Revolutionary America and the man who shaped its future."
As a young man, the eminent Founding Father was impetuous, thin-skinned, and prone to anger and paranoia. Read full book review >
ON LEOPARD ROCK by Wilbur Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A good read for his fans; a relic from another age for the rest of us."
The adventurous autobiography of one of the world's most prolific and popular novelists. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A taut, chilling, and emotionally charged retelling of a doomed ship's final days."
A pulse-pounding, Perfect Storm-style tale of a shipping disaster. 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 >