Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

TIDES by Jonathan White
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"White's heightened awareness of the planet's 'cosmic beat' is bound to make readers more sensitive to the mysteries of what might otherwise seem commonplace."
Anyone inclined to take the movement of the tides for granted will think twice after reading this wide-ranging study from a conservationist and avid sailor. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A quick and instructive read for readers with a casual interest in this quickly changing company as well as those fascinated by the fates of startups."
A fast-moving, well-researched account of the founding and surprising growth of home-sharing company Airbnb. Read full book review >

OLIVE WITCH by Abeer Y. Hoque
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A quietly moving memoir."
A Nigerian-born Bangladeshi writer/photographer's memoir about growing up in Nigeria and America and the inner turmoil she faced while coming to terms with her multicultural heritage. Read full book review >
THE NATURE FIX by Florence Williams
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A thoughtful, refreshing book with a simple but powerful message: 'Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.'"
A journalist explores the relationship between nature and human well-being. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Schuman's droll, self-deprecating, wild life (so far) will find particular appeal with readers who enjoy memoirs that don't take themselves too seriously."
The candid adventures of a plucky, German-obsessed American student. Read full book review >

NO BARRIERS by Erik Weihenmayer
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit."
The first blind man to climb Mount Everest narrates his kayaking descent of 300 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A plausible and provocative hypothesis on how methods of memorization may have laid the groundwork for many mysterious extant monuments."
A thought-provoking theory on "memory palaces" and their significance to ancient ancestral civilizations. Read full book review >
SINGAPORE by John Curtis Perry
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A brief, affectionate history of Singapore that provides a compelling but incomplete and surprisingly discursive portrait of the island nation."
The history of Singapore's improbable path to becoming an economically powerful city-state. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An insightful memoir on one man's quest to know living birds by examining those birds that have ceased to exist."
A new birder discovers a fascination with extinct birds. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An affecting travelogue that reveals true Russian personality."
Adventures in Russia over three trips in 20 years. Read full book review >
FURRY LOGIC by Matin Durrani
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Light science reading that informs while it entertains—good for dipping into and out of."
How animals are designed to make the most efficient use of physical principles in their struggle to survive. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A text both evocative and provocative for readers who like to think."
As our geography has long insulated us from foreign invasion, so has it shaped our temperament and enabled us to become a world power, a category we must modify but continue to inhabit. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >