Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

WILDWOOD by Roger Deakin
Released: Jan. 6, 2009

"A companion to Waterlog, this will hopefully bring Deakin to the attention of American readers, who will find him a kindred spirit to Annie Dillard, Wendell Berry and other celebrants of the land."
Part Walden, part Road to Oxiana: The late British natural-history writer Deakin (Waterlog: A Swimmer's Journey Through Britain, 1999) serves up an elegant meditation on trees and why they matter. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 11, 2008

"Despite his understated style, Everett's experiences and findings fairly explode from these pages and will reverberate in the minds of readers."
Rich account of fieldwork among a tribe of hunter-gatherers in Brazil. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 14, 2008

"An utterly disarming and engrossing tour of all things excremental."
What's the single most significant factor in increasing the human life span? Forget antibiotics and penicillin—think toilets. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 8, 2008

"That inspiration is needed, along with a lot of hard work. A timely, rewarding book."
The world is flat, New York Times columnist Friedman told us in his bestselling 2005 book of that name. Now things are getting worse, and the clock is ticking. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"An erudite, entertaining historical deconstruction of the modern economic world."
A significant work that uses the life of 19th-century explorer and inventor John Etzler to dissect the fallacies of the global mantra for continuous economic growth. Read full book review >

A DREAM OF EVEREST by Edmund C. Neuhaus
Released: July 18, 2008

"An absorbing, evocative meditation on a road seldom traveled."
An American couple on a hike through the Himalayas endure more hardship and self-scrutiny than they bargained for in this travelogue. Read full book review >
Released: July 8, 2008

"Hilarious travel writing for the chronically snarky."
A drunken challenge pits Hollywood television writers against each other in a bumbling race around the world. Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 2008

"Gill is that rare critic who actually has something relevant and profound to say about every place he visits. Highly recommended."
Vanity Fair contributing editor Gill (The Angry Island: Hunting the English, 2007, etc.) returns with another stellar collection of dispatches from across the globe. Read full book review >
Released: June 3, 2008

"An exquisitely crafted book that will grab even those who have no interest in snakes."
Absorbing, stylishly written account of the life and career of a celebrated young herpetologist whose reckless fascination with venomous snakes ended with his slow death in the sub-Himalayan wilderness of northern Burma. Read full book review >
Released: April 22, 2008

"Notable for its spirited prose and insightful exploration of the less-romantic side of travel writing. Kohnstamm is one to watch."
The colorful adventures of a budding travel writer in Brazil. Read full book review >
Released: April 1, 2008

"Practical, detailed and authoritative—essential reading."
An incisive look at global warming. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"A clear-eyed, riveting narrative."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kodas finds avarice, theft and worse on the slopes of Mount Everest during a troubled 2004 expedition. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jason Gay
November 17, 2015

In the 1990s, copies of Richard Carlson’s Don't Sweat the Small Stuff (and its many sequels) were seemingly everywhere, giving readers either the confidence to prioritize their stresses or despondence over the slender volume’s not addressing their particular set of problems. While not the first book of its kind, it kicked open the door for an industry of self-help, worry-reduction advice guides. In his first book, Little Victories, Wall Street Journal sports columnist Gay takes less of a guru approach, though he has drawn an audience of readers appreciative of reportage that balances insights with a droll, self-deprecating outlook. He occasionally focuses his columns on “the Rules” (of Thanksgiving family touch football, the gym, the office holiday party, etc.), which started as a genial poke in the eye at the proliferation of self-help books and, over time, came to explore actual advice “both practical and ridiculous” and “neither perfect nor universal.” The author admirably combines those elements in every piece in the book. View video >