Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

MILE MARKER ZERO by William McKeen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An engrossing tell-all in which Key West's most notable residents struggle to find sanity, sobriety and a place to call home."
A cultural history of Key West as experienced by some of its most famous residents. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Watch for this to be mooted and bruited in school board meetings to come. And score points for Dawkins, who does a fine job of explaining earthquakes and rainbows in the midst of baiting the pious."
A resounding denunciation of the enemies of science—namely, magical and supernatural thinking. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Laufer's compelling evidence will push readers to assess the distinctions between love and mistreatment among our animal brethren."
A provocative examination of the fine line between the use and abuse of animals. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"Chutkow weaves a tender, detail-rich story of how kindness and faith in the inherent goodness of an animal can turn a vagabond into a loving member of the family."
A heartwarming tale of a street dog from India and her faithful human companions. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 4, 2011

"An important assessment of what ails America, and a must-read for policymakers."
A noted economist argues that deep reforms are needed to bring renewed prosperity to the United States—a nation "dangerously out of balance," where a tiny elite holds wealth and power without regard for their fellow citizens. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 3, 2011

"A work of intricate research free of hype, offering serious pros and cons with a sometimes whimsical flourish."
Nobel Prize winner Laughlin (Physics/Stanford Univ.; The Crime of Reason: And the Closing of the Scientific Mind, 2008, etc.) invites readers on an "armchair journey" to a future devoid of petroleum, coal and natural gas, proposing alternative resources. Read full book review >
THE LONGEST WINTER by Meredith Hooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"A grand story of six brave men who literally and figuratively pulled together in their race for survival."
The tale of how Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen triumphed in the race to the South Pole, beating British contender Robert Scott by only two weeks, still grips our imagination 100 years later. Read full book review >
ARCTIC AUTUMN by Pete Dunne
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 21, 2011

"Readers will look forward to his next book, on winter, the last in a projected four-book series."
Naturalist Dunne (Bayshore Summer: Finding Eden in a Most Unlikely Place, 2010, etc.)—the vice president of the New Jersey Audubon Society and director of its Cape May Bird Observatory—explores the rigors of the high arctic, a place where life is pushed to its limits by nature and threatened by the incursions of man. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"In befriending Atticus and carrying his father's memory to those serene mountain peaks, Ryan admits he discovered a rare peacefulness, a quality that underscores this touching chronicle."
Lyrical memoir of an adventurous New England journalist and his trusty canine companion. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 20, 2011

"Among the author's purposes in writing this engrossing scientific memoir is to build support to stop the annual massacres of dolphins in Japan and elsewhere."
The director of dolphin research at Baltimore's National Aquarium retraces the path by which science has come to understand dolphin intelligence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2011

"With passion and grace, Deb deftly paints a vivid picture of the difficulties and dichotomies facing the people of today's India."
A frank look at modern India, told through the stories of its most hopeful and its most desperate people. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"A finely crafted tale of the enigmatic world of big-wave surfers."
ESPN: The Magazine sportswriter Kreidler (Six Good Innings: How One Small Town Became a Little League Giant, 2008, etc.) goes inside the sport and business of big-wave surfing, covering the 2010 Maverick's Surf Contest on the coast of Northern California. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >