Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

Released: Sept. 4, 2012

"A poignant, galvanizing, meaningful tribute."
Fifty years after the publication of Rachel Carson's seminal Silent Spring, Pulitzer Prize nominee Souder (Under a Wild Sky: John James Audubon and the Making of The Birds of America, 2004, etc.) examines the legacy and lasting impact of Carson's passionate environmental work. Read full book review >
ON POLITICS AND PARKS  by George Bristol
Released: Sept. 3, 2012

"A winning opening volume in the publisher's new Conservation Leadership series."
A small-town Texan looks back on a life in national politics and conservation. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"A gripping celebration of physical and mental endurance."
A memoir of an astonishing trip walking "nine million-odd steps" for more than two years along the Amazon River's course from Peruvian headwaters to Brazilian mouth. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 27, 2012

"An informative, comprehensive discussion of important economic and environmental issues."
Regarding the merits of clean energy technologies, eminent scientist Muller (Physics/Univ. of California, Berkeley; Physics for Future Presidents, 2008, etc.) offers a road map through the minefield of competing claims by security analysts, environmentalists and potential investors. Read full book review >
AIR by William Bryant Logan
Released: Aug. 20, 2012

"A tour-de-force journey through the natural world."
An examination of the all-encompassing role that the atmosphere plays in shaping our lives. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 16, 2012

"A mesmerizing journey through time, across cultures and into one woman's rich personal history."
The haunting account of an investigative journalist's efforts to uncover her family's hidden Sephardic Jewish past. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 14, 2012

"Not for all readers, but prime in its class—literate, learned and wise criticism, with scarcely a breath of cynicism or disdain."
A winner of just about every major literary award exercises his considerable critical chops, ruminating on the works of poets, photographers, writers and other artists. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"A broad, up-to-date, hopeful view of our nation's rivers."
A political scientist's account of the growing grassroots movement to restore and preserve the nation's rivers. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2012

"The Spanish-American War was the quintessential journalists' adventure. Craig beats his professional predecessors with his skilled and accessible personal journal and blunt history."
With a half-century of U.S. antagonism to Cuba's revolution as the back story, a freelancer visits the island nation to report on both its history and current situation. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2012

"For students and the genuinely curious, this is an ideal introduction to the facts about global warming."
An intelligent primer on what experts know about global climate change, what they don't know, and what the future could bring. Read full book review >
Released: July 24, 2012

"Loquacious, raving and madly provocative."
The nimble London-based author offers a loose-limbed set of disgruntled observations on the massively disruptive development that became the 2012 Olympic Village. Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2012

"A well-researched, engaging account of an important scientific discovery that should also find a place on women's-studies shelves."
A complex, rich biography of a groundbreaking geologist who discovered "a rift valley running down the center of the Atlantic," essentially transforming 20th-century geophysics despite "mid-century American gender bias" and scientific rivalries. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >