Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

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 >
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 >

Released: Aug. 4, 2011

"Turgid at times, but mostly eye-opening, even liberating."
Linguist and New Republic contributing editor McWhorter (Linguistics and Western Civilization/Columbia Univ.; Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue: The Untold History of English, 2008, etc.) returns with a discussion of what languages are, and some insightful thoughts about why we view some as "primitive" and others as "advanced." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"Plenty of intriguing questions to ponder as Zuk informs adults in a droll style that may also turn on younger readers. After all, entomology is still a field that can begin, as it did for her, with venturing into the yard to collect stuff in a glass jar."
A global sampling of the clever lives and loves of our six-legged friends. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 2, 2011

"A tragic, inspirational and enlightening memoir."
The story of a four-legged superhero named Roselle, who led her owner out of the ruins of the World Trade Center. Read full book review >

Released: July 12, 2011

"An eye-opener of a report and a wake-up call that change is needed."
From the UN Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti and chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and members of his team, a searing firsthand account of the earthquake and its aftermath. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2011

"The awareness of the firefighter, the mindfulness of the monk, the principles of fire and the spirit of Zen come together in a well-told story about the effort required and the lessons learned from paying close attention."
A former Yoga Journal senior editor's account of five Zen practitioners turned firefighters who saved a beloved California monastery. Read full book review >
DOG DAYS by Dave Ihlenfeld
Released: July 5, 2011

"Lighthearted fare from a resilient road warrior."
Touring America and beyond in a blindingly orange, fiberglass hot dog on wheels. Read full book review >
Released: July 5, 2011

"Solid, fascinating spadework."
A cetologist chronicles her 25 field-season summers studying generations of Atlantic spotted dolphins. Read full book review >
Released: June 14, 2011

"Attention animal lovers and science buffs: Although Shipman is an academic, there is no classroom atmosphere here; the writing is refreshingly jargon-free, and the narrative may persuade pet owners to take a fresh look at their charges."
In an easy, conversational style, American Scientist contributor Shipman (Anthropology/Penn State Univ.; Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and the Unknown Life of Mata Hari, 2007, etc.) sets forth her theory that our connection with animals is in large measure what makes us human. Read full book review >
Released: June 13, 2011

"A treasure-trove of a book, especially for would-be antiquers."
A tour d'horizon of the world of antiques, from flea markets to antiques shows to high-end auction houses, with a brief stopover at eBay and the Antiques Roadshow. Read full book review >
INDIA by Patrick French
Released: June 10, 2011

"A perfectly chaotic encapsulation of Indian government, economy and social life."
A rollicking, ambitious journey through Indian history and mores from a keen English journalist and National Book Critics Circle Award winner. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >