Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"A rollicking good read for science buffs, armchair adventurers and readers curious about the natural world at its most extreme."
Scientist Walker (An Ocean of Air: Why the Wind Blows and Other Mysteries of the Atmosphere, 2007, etc.) pens a riveting "natural history of the only continent on Earth that has virtually no human history." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 15, 2013

"An intelligent, eloquent account of our relations with the inanimate universe."
In a follow-up to Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body (2008), Shubin (Biological Sciences/Univ. of Chicago) delivers an equally engrossing history of life's connections to everything else. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2013

"An extraordinarily frank cultural study/memoir that eschews platitudes of both tragedy and hope."
A veteran journalist captures the functioning chaos of Haiti. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2013

"A fine, fun presentation of the brand of cartography that continues to whet our imaginations."
A vivid foray into the romance of maps. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 31, 2012

"A symphonic yet unromantic portrait of traditional societies and the often stirring lessons they offer."
A supple and engaged journey into traditional societies and an exploration of their ways of life, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel (1997). Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A winning, enlightening investigation into wind engineering and the man who made the airwaves speak."
A richly drawn portrait of Alan Davenport (1932-2009), the maestro of "balancing the wind's fickle forces." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2012

"A magical tour back to a time before telephone and instant forms of communication. Narrated by a woman who went on to become the most widely published author of all time, this volume should delight both Christie fans and history buffs."
A collection of the mystery writer's 1922 British Empire Tour correspondence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 27, 2012

"An optimistically levelheaded book about actually dealing with global warming."
A serious attempt to address climate change: "why it matters, what causes [it], and who is responsible." Read full book review >
THE $60,000 DOG by Lauren Slater
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2012

"Beautifully written, and not just for animal lovers."
Slater (Blue Beyond Blue: Extraordinary Tales for Ordinary Dilemmas, 2005, etc.) shares her thoughts and feelings about animals in a revealing, often surprising memoir. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"A welcome, unique addition to our travel literature."
Relying largely on first-person accounts, Chaplin (History/Harvard Univ.; The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius, 2006, etc.) pieces together a centuries-old story: our obsession with circling the globe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"While each expedition could easily merit its own book, Turney adroitly manages to give a full portrait of each explorer and crew without giving any short shrift."
An in-depth look at a year in which five different expeditions set out to explore Antarctica. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 13, 2012

"An eye-opening take on how romantic sentimentalism about nature can have destructive consequences."
Journalist Sterba (Frankie's Place: A Love Story, 2003, etc.) employs humor and an eye for the absurd to document the sometimes bizarre conflicts that arise as a consequence of America's transformed relationship with nature. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >