Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 3)

Released: July 4, 2017

"A treasure vault for vexillologists, full of meaning beyond the hue and thread of the world's banners."
Of flags grand and old, black and blue, marking us and them and giving us all the license we need to kill. Read full book review >
ALL OUR WAVES ARE WATER by Jaimal Yogis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"For fellow seekers, Buddha-nature on a surfboard."
Eastern mysticism and Western rites of passage inform this second volume of memoir from the San Francisco-based journalist. Read full book review >

LEAP IN by Alexandra Heminsley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"A lighthearted book to appeal to fellow swimmers."
Having conquered land as a serial marathoner, the author turns her athletic attentions toward the sea. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Practical, applicable health guidance validated by a remarkable collective of revered Chinese elders."
A career physician touts the prescription for a long, healthy life span. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enthralling story only occasionally inhibited by languorous prose."
A tale of the resurrection of the woolly mammoth and how "biology and genetics [have] gone from passive observation to active creation." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. Read full book review >
AMERICAN ENGLISH, ITALIAN CHOCOLATE by Rick  Bailey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"Easiest to digest in snack-size portions."
Memories of a Michigan upbringing proceed to anecdotes on retirement in Italy, as a writing professor writes what pleases him, which is often about what doesn't. Read full book review >
FLOATING by Joe  Minihane
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 1, 2017

"A genuine and refreshing nature memoir."
In his debut memoir, a British journalist and copywriter tells the story of how outdoor swimming helped him cope with anxiety. Read full book review >
SHARK DRUNK by Morten Strøksnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 29, 2017

"Whether the author is opining on mass extinctions, the importance of plankton, the history of lighthouses, or the epicurean treat of boiled cod tongues, readers will happily devour this smorgasbord of delights."
Accomplished Norwegian historian, journalist, and photographer Strøksnes invites readers into the fantastical ocean environment of his quest to capture a Greenland shark. Read full book review >
SWEET SPOT by Amy  Ettinger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 27, 2017

"Best consumed in small portions, Ettinger's book will be a vicarious treat for fellow addicts."
Essayist Ettinger's affection for ice cream takes her across the country in a search for variations on her favorite food. Read full book review >
I WAS TOLD TO COME ALONE by Souad Mekhennet
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"Little in this distressing, revealing book portends hope for bridge building, but Mekhennet provides an eye-opening picture."
An unsettling firsthand report on the motivations of jihadis. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Brannen may not be Elizabeth Kolbert, but he provides a useful addition to the popular literature on climate change."
A simultaneously enlightening and cautionary tale of the deep history of our planet and the possible future, when conscious life may become extinct. 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 >