Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 3)

THIS RADICAL LAND by Daegan Miller
Released: April 1, 2018

"Following Miller's complex narrative may tax some general readers. Nonetheless, he offers an eclectic education often marked by soaring prose."
A debut book that ranges across disciplines and decades to connect the natural environment—especially long-lived trees—to a scathing critique of American-style capitalism. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2018

"A book that suggests that doing whatever you can is better than doing nothing."
Humanizing the crisis of climate change helps a science educator see at least a ray of hope while sounding the alarm. Read full book review >

SWELL by Liz Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2018

"Introspective and enlightening, Clark's seafaring memoir offers a rare glimpse into the solitary worlds of sail and surf."
One woman takes to the waves on a journey of self-discovery. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Aristotle, from St. Augustine and the Buddha to contemporary theological thought, Lightman presents a distilled but comprehensive survey of the search for meaning, or the lack thereof, in our longing to be part of the infinite."
One of our most reliable interpreters of science offers a slender book of ruminations that venture wide and deep. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"An unsparing exposé of white supremacy among Northern elites."
How a 1960s-era campaign to open beaches to the public exposed Connecticut's deeply entrenched racism. Read full book review >

Released: March 20, 2018

"A cautiously hopeful and well-researched tribute to an animal easy for most humans to love."
A Rhode Island-based science writer explores the recovery from possible extinction of what may be "the cutest animal on earth." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Quick, fun, easy reading for devotees of high fashion and mystery fans, complete with wrong turns and false friends."
The tale of "one of the most captivating and enduring pieces of jewelry," which would "crawl into the world of collectors and jewelers to enchant and confound them" for more than eight decades. Read full book review >
Released: March 15, 2018

"An intriguing book that is sure to ruffle the feathers of many nonscientist bird enthusiasts."
An Australian naturalist expresses his concerns about the feeding of wild birds and examines the impact not just on birds, but on the environment as a whole. Read full book review >
HAVE DOG, WILL TRAVEL by Stephen Kuusisto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"An eloquent and heartwarming memoir."
A poet/memoirist's account of how he bonded with his first guide dog. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 13, 2018

"A fascinating look at the adventures of remarkably resilient men, so well-related as to make you feel the chill."
Pulitzer Prize winner Larson (History and Law/Pepperdine Univ.; The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789, 2014, etc.) records the three most important expeditions during a highly significant year in polar exploration. Read full book review >
NAPA AT LAST LIGHT by James Conaway
Released: March 6, 2018

"A strong plea for responsible stewardship of the land."
In the third volume of his trilogy about Napa, California, Conaway (Nose, 2013, etc.) continues his investigation of the consequences of the wine industry on the region's culture and environment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A surprising look at societies grappling with profound change."
The unsettling transition from socialism to democracy leaves many people longing for the past. 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 >