Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

HEADHUNTERS ON MY DOORSTEP by J. Maarten Troost
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"A rambunctious, intimate trip well worth the armchair time."
Following a stint in rehab, travel writer Troost (Lost on Planet China: The Strange and True Story of One Man's Attempt to Understand the World's Most Mystifying Nation or How He Became Comfortable Eating Live Squid, 2008, etc.) chronicles his journey toward finding his new sober self while following in the tracks of Robert Louis Stevenson. Read full book review >
WALLS by Marcello Di Cintio
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2013

"Solid journalism that takes readers into cheerless, contested places they probably would not wish to see for themselves. An eye-opener."
Canadian journalist Di Cintio (Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey into the Heart of Iran, 2006, etc.) leads a whirlwind tour of the world, looking at the unlikely places where the human mania for erecting barriers has shown itself. Read full book review >

FOLLOW THE JOY by Jason Scott Kurtz
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 16, 2013

"A sincere message of hope and compassion delivered against a backdrop of extreme poverty."
Kurtz recounts the events of a journey he made to India in hopes of finding spiritual enlightenment and a sense of purpose. Read full book review >
CALCUTTA by Amit Chaudhuri
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 13, 2013

"Another illuminating facet to the endlessly compelling story of modern India."
Anglo-Indian novelist and musician Chaudhuri (Contemporary Literature/Univ. of East Anglia; The Immortals, 2009, etc.) navigates the complicated business of Calcutta's richly diverse Bengali-English makeup. Read full book review >
TO AMERICA WITH LOVE by A.A. Gill
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 9, 2013

"A stirring, funny, thought-provoking appreciation of the place, the idea, the experiment, the United States of America."
An ardent mash note to the vast, vital nation that confounds and beguiles its European cousins in equal measure. Read full book review >

THE WHOLE FROMAGE by Kathe Lison
NON-FICTION
Released: June 25, 2013

"Whether Lison is ruminating on the short lactation cycle of sheep, the origins of rennet, or the grassy, lemony taste of a spring goat cheese, readers will have all their senses engaged."
Her curiosity piqued by the multitude of French cheeses, essayist and self-proclaimed cheesehead Lison chronicles her tasty culinary journey exploring the art and science of French cheese making. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2013

"A thorough disclosure on today's airlines and the passengers who use them—best read while still on the ground."
An informative, revealing examination of the business of flying. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 11, 2013

"Brechneff leavens his account of adventure, simple pleasures and hard work in a magical landscape with interludes from his life in Europe and America. Yet, happily, the author seldom strays far from his beloved island refuge, even when its enduring entreaty begins to wane."
Artist and author Brechneff (Homage: Encounters with the East, 2007) chronicles his 30-year courtship with the Aegean isle of Sifnos, recalling his passages of self-discovery, development as a painter and ambivalence over his island identity. Read full book review >
ITALIAN WAYS by Tim Parks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2013

"Enchanting travels with the good-natured Parks."
English-born expat novelist Parks (The Server, 2012, etc.) pokes affectionate fun at his fellow train travelers and surveys a rapidly changing Italian landscape. Read full book review >
THE ATTACKING OCEAN by Brian Fagan
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2013

"The author's vision and knowledge substantiate his clearly expressed concerns."
Fagan (Emeritus, Anthropology; Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Beyond the Blue Horizon: How the Earliest Mariners Unlocked the Secrets of the Oceans, 2012, etc.) provides his assessment of rising sea levels. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 4, 2013

"An inspiring and refreshingly optimistic reminder about the untapped possibilities that exist in the relationships between humans and dogs."
The compassionate account of the author's experiences with psychiatric service dogs. Read full book review >
THE GREEN BOAT by Mary Pipher
NON-FICTION
Released: June 4, 2013

"A therapeutic analysis of global crises and enthusiastic ideas on how to implement changes."
One woman's response to the threat of global environmental issues. 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 >