Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

THE ABU DHABI BAR MITZVAH by Adam Valen  Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While Karachi or Aleppo may not be next year's hot vacation destinations, Levinson proves there's ample reason to go."
While the blank spaces on the maps have long since been filled in, the psychological barriers walling off regions of the world where Westerners dare not tread are as tall as ever. Here, a "multimedia backpack journalist" explores some of them. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Fellow members of the author's choir will find some useful nuggets, but readers seeking to learn more about microbial soil health and its implications for farm practices and climate change should look elsewhere. Regarding microbes and our bodies, a good start is Alanna Collen's 10% Human (2015)."
A journalist, activist, and filmmaker examines how soil-conscious farming practices may affect climate change and aims to move consumer sentiment to support them. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"An engrossing personal and professional account of fighting for ecological justice and establishing a pro-environment constitutional framework."
An activist addresses a constitutional approach to protecting natural resources. Read full book review >
MONTAIGNE IN BARN BOOTS by Michael Perry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Readers will learn plenty about Montaigne and more about Perry."
The essays of Montaigne spark midlife reflection by the rural Wisconsin-based author. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Travel writing about places no one can travel."
Traveling through the islands of myth and fantasy with a guide who does his best to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. Read full book review >

L'APPART by David  Lebovitz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Lebovitz tells us much more than we really need to know, but this is still an engaging, entertaining, and delicious divertissement."
The tale of an acclaimed chef who decided he wanted to live in Paris—at any cost. Read full book review >
SPINELESS by Juli  Berwald
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"In this lovely exploration of the mysterious jellyfish, Berwald both entrances and sounds a warning: pay attention to the messages sent by ocean life, and act to protect their environment, and ours."
A close look at the biology and behavior of jellyfish combined with a personal history of the author, a former ocean scientist who was pulled back to the sea by these enigmatic creatures. Read full book review >
THE ARCHIPELAGO OF HOPE by Gleb Raygorodetsky
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"An encouraging exploration of how ancestral wisdom and political savvy have led to positive environmental policies."
Indigenous peoples testify to the realities of climate change. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wonderful look into the beginnings of Australia and the remarkable strength of the survivors of these dangerous voyages."
A British historian recounts the links between the founding of the British penal colony in Australia and the mutiny on the Bounty. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A rapidly paced story of adventure 'to be appreciated as a reminder of the power of nature and of the struggle and triumph over disaster…and of the powerful urge to persevere and return home.'"
That Vitus Bering (1681-1741) sailed into the Bering Strait is no secret, but few outside Russia know how he did it. Read full book review >
EMERALD LABYRINTH  by Eli  Greenbaum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Greenbaum's enthusiasm for his work shines through, as does his compelling message about the future of our planet."
An intrepid herpetologist's account of his grueling collection-based forays into the Congo. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Can squirrels be said to be good or bad? For an answer to questions of that sort, this is the book to read. A treat for animal lovers of all stripes."
Forester Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World, 2016) turns his attention to how animals feel. 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 >