Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 5, 2013

"At once encyclopedic and intimate—a tour de force in canine appreciation."
An engaging, comprehensive study of man's best friend. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2013

"A slim book that takes readers on a mind-expanding journey."
A delightful, enlightening book that employs islands as jumping-off points for essays on a wide range of topics from A(nthropology) to Z(oology). Read full book review >

THE FUTURE by Al Gore
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Provocative, smart, densely argued—and deserving of a wide audience and wider discussion."
A tour de force of Big Picture thinking in which the former vice president gets his inner wonk on. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"An upbeat and entertaining survival guide for the end of the world."
How to survive any possible disaster, from aliens to zombies to everything in between. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 28, 2013

"Roberts creates a full portrait of Mawson and does justice to what famed mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary would later call '[t]he greatest survival story in the history of exploration.'"
Mountaineer and prolific author Roberts (Finding Everett Ruess: The Life and Unsolved Disappearance of a Legendary Wilderness Explorer, 2011, etc.) returns with a vivid history of Australian explorer Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) and his 1912 exploration of Antarctica. Read full book review >

THE KINGDOM OF RARITIES by Eric Dinerstein
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2013

"An illuminating perspective on the complexity of life."
The World Wildlife Fund's chief scientist examines the ecological impact of rare species in shaping the Earth's environment. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A vivid, moving depiction of a way of life tragically becoming increasingly endangered."
An evocative meditation on shifting boundaries and the kinship we feel to other species. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A rollicking good read for science buffs, armchair adventurers and readers curious about the natural world at its most extreme."
Scientist Walker (An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere, 2007, etc.) pens a riveting "natural history of the only continent on Earth that has virtually no human history." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe."
In a follow-up to Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008), Shubin (Biological Sciences/Univ. of Chicago) delivers an equally engrossing history of life's connections to everything else. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An extraordinarily frank cultural study/memoir that eschews platitudes of both tragedy and hope."
A veteran journalist captures the functioning chaos of Haiti. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A fine, fun presentation of the brand of cartography that continues to whet our imaginations."
A vivid foray into the romance of maps. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A symphonic yet unromantic portrait of traditional societies and the often stirring lessons they offer."
A supple and engaged journey into traditional societies and an exploration of their ways of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997). 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 >