Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

HISTORY
Released: June 1, 2011

"Ferreiro's fascinating, absorbing journey involves some complicated explanations, and he lays them out patiently for general readers."
A sophisticated work tracing the arduous mid-18th-century international expedition to the Latin American equator to determine the "figure of the earth." Read full book review >
FEATHERS by Thor Hanson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 2011

"A delightful ramble through the byways of evolution and the wonderful world of birds."
When a vulture feather accidentally dropped at his feet as he watched the birds fly overhead, field biologist and conservationist Hanson (The Impenetrable Forest, 2000) felt called upon to choose feathers as the subject of his next book. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: June 1, 2011

"A tough, nuanced consideration of ethical issues that arise from man's relationship to nature."
Veteran science writer Stolzenburg (Where the Wild Things Were: Life, Death, and Ecological Wreckage in a Land of Vanishing Predators, 2008) pursues the question of the predator-prey dynamic. Read full book review >
ALPHABETTER JUICE by Roy Blount Jr.
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"Read in small doses, a humorous and insightful panoply of word play, political humor and linguistic inquiry."
In a follow-up to Alphabet Juice (2008), the author expands his personalized dictionary. Read full book review >
NO SHORTAGE OF GOOD DAYS by John Gierach
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 17, 2011

"Gierach's genial campfire manner and woodsy witticisms should hook more than just the average fishing fanatic."
A prolific fly-fishing expert and nature writer dispenses hard-won field-and-stream wisdom. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: May 17, 2011

"A folksy memoir from a gutsy, determined, well-connected gadfly who can write up a storm when not storming the barricades."
In her down-home, sassy style, an environmental activist tells of her latest battles against polluting corporations. Read full book review >
MAÑANA FOREVER? by Jorge G. Castañeda
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"An informed, persuasive analysis of the attitudinal adjustments and concrete changes required for Mexico to thrive in the 21st century."
A distinguished scholar charts the many contradictions that shape and afflict Mexico. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 10, 2011

"The company's commitment is yet to be tested in the long-term, but for now, Humes provides a fascinating story of the evolution of corporate responsibility for the environment."
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Humes (Eco Barons: The Dreamers, Schemers, and Millionaires Who Are Saving Our Planet, 2009, etc.) chronicles how one man's vision transformed Wal-Mart into an industry leader for sustainability. Read full book review >
THE VOICE OF THE DOLPHINS by Hardy Jones
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 4, 2011

"A moving, effective tale that urges readers to place greater importance on environmental conservation."
An award-winning filmmaker describes three decades of work with dolphins. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 3, 2011

"An unconventional, funny and touching family adventure."
The swamplands of southern Michigan receive a surprise visit from a blogging Manhattan journalist and his feisty elderly father. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Polished, fast-paced and immensely readable—ready for the big screen."
Former Boston Globe reporter Zuckoff (Journalism/Boston Univ.; Robert Altman: The Oral Biography, 2009, etc.) delivers a remarkable survival story. Read full book review >
THE ANCIENT GUIDE TO MODERN LIFE by Natalie Haynes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2011

"Will have readers grabbing for the classics."
British comedienne and classics lover Haynes (The Great Escape, 2007) presents a wonderfully whimsical yet instructional view of Greco-Roman history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fernanda Santos
author of THE FIRE LINE
May 17, 2016

When a bolt of lightning ignited a hilltop in the sleepy town of Yarnell, Arizona, in June 2013, setting off a blaze that would grow into one of the deadliest fires in American history, the 20 men who made up the Granite Mountain Hotshots sprang into action. New York Times writer Fernanda Santos’ debut book The Fire Line is the story of the fire and the Hotshots’ attempts to extinguish it. An elite crew trained to combat the most challenging wildfires, the Hotshots were a ragtag family, crisscrossing the American West and wherever else the fires took them. There's Eric Marsh, their devoted and demanding superintendent who turned his own personal demons into lessons he used to mold, train and guide his crew; Jesse Steed, their captain, a former Marine, a beast on the fire line and a family man who wasn’t afraid to say “I love you” to the firemen he led; Andrew Ashcraft, a team leader still in his 20s who struggled to balance his love for his beautiful wife and four children and his passion for fighting wildfires. We see this band of brothers at work, at play and at home, until a fire that burned in their own backyards leads to a national tragedy. View video >