Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

CRASHING THE PARTY by Scott Savitt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"An energetic memoir that captures the collision between an open-hearted iconoclast and a free-market totalitarian state."
Passionate account of an American journalist witnessing China's pro-Western awakening and the authoritarian pushback. Read full book review >
RAINBOW DUST by Peter Marren
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"An erudite, engaging book that will find the broadest readership among nature lovers on the other side of the Atlantic."
A prizewinning British wildlife writer reveals the special place of butterflies in our imagination and cultural life. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Experiencing North Korean 'method acting' in the most visceral way."
An ingenious method of penetrating the most isolated country in the world allows an Australian filmmaker access to what proves to be a surprisingly sympathetic North Korean soul. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"Long, leisurely, and vastly entertaining."
The story of a 1913 Arctic expedition to investigate what the New York Tribune called "the last considerable mass of unknown land on our planet." Read full book review >
BLACK SQUARE by Sophie Pinkham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2016

"First-rate reporting, research, and writing in a debut that will make readers care as much as the author does."
A journalist's first book, a graceful mix of personal memoir and political research, illuminates the complexities of Ukraine culture. Read full book review >

DRAGONS IN DIAMOND VILLAGE by David Bandurski
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"An intense look at globalization's tragic hidden costs."
A grim investigation of how urbanization is destroying traditional Chinese communities. Read full book review >
COMMON GROUND by Rob Cowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2016

"An unlikely landscape inspires a memoir of wonder and joy."
A journalist and travel writer pays homage to the "topographic delirium" of marginal lands. Read full book review >
THE LOCAL FOOD REVOLUTION by Michael Brownlee
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"A useful, if not original, statement of the centrality of food production to our way of life that could have benefited from a more concise, organized formulation."
An argument that "modern industrial farming amounts to one of the most destructive enterprises on the planet." Read full book review >
THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM by Abigail Tucker
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Read this entertaining book and you will be convinced that house cats are 'the most transformative invaders the world has ever seen'—except for humans, of course."
The intriguing history of how house cats found their way onto our hearths and into our hearts. Read full book review >
BODY OF WATER by Chris Dombrowski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"For Dombrowski, the 'scarcely edible' bonefish, which he releases within seconds of catching them, are valuable simply because they are so difficult to hunt down. Some may find his demanding prose equally rewarding, while others might prefer the textual equivalent of something closer to a catfish."
A poet and Montana-based fly-fishing guide recounts his trip to the Bahamas, where he met an aging guide who taught him about fish and life. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Levy's spirited history is nothing less than a love letter to Rome's luxurious, sensational past."
A cultural history reveals an effervescent decade of riches in postwar Rome. Read full book review >
BEING A DOG by Alexandra Horowitz
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers."
If the olfactory ability of dogs seems like a dull topic, be prepared for a surprise. This engrossing book takes on not just canine noses, but what we can do with our own—with a little experience and a good guide. 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 >