Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Wisdom and experience permeate this perceptive and understatedly well-written meditation."
A self-proclaimed contrarian and octogenarian cancer survivor finds renewal in the prospect of death while raising issues that challenge science and religion alike. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment."
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, 2006, etc.) returns with a deft examination of the startling losses of the sixth mass extinction occurring at this moment and the sobering, underlying cause: humans. Read full book review >

HOW TO BE DANISH by Patrick Kingsley
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though the scope of the book is small and the style conversational, Kingsley renders the quality and complexity of life in Denmark with an outsider's fresh perspective and a journalist's sharp instincts."
A book so engagingly written and incisively reported that it will make readers who have never given a second thought to Denmark give at least passing thought to moving there. Read full book review >
WINDFALL by McKenzie Funk
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"A well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions."
A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming. Read full book review >
DANUBIA by Simon Winder
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

"'Was it inherent in the destruction of the Habsburg Empire,' Winder wonders in closing, 'that Nazism would result?' It's a meaningful question, one of many that Winder raises in this lucid, often entertaining historical travelogue."
Offbeat portrait of the lost past of Central Europe, ruled by the dull but dependable Habsburg dynasty. Read full book review >

FLYOVER LIVES by Diane Johnson
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"The unfailing deftness of the prose makes this book a pleasure."
A European's challenge inspires a family history. Read full book review >
STRINGER by Anjan Sundaram
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety and ennui. Readers may be tempted to compare him to Conrad and Naipaul, but he has a strong, unique style all his own."
The former Associated Press stringer in Kinshasa details his year of living dangerously amid the chaos of post-Mobutu Congo. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 17, 2013

"A handy guide to some of New York's hidden gems of public space that will delight tourists and natives alike."
Tiny oases of greenery in the concrete jungle are celebrated in this sprightly guidebook, the first of a planned series. Read full book review >
BADLUCK WAY by Bryce Andrews
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An evocative, poetic account of rugged terrain, the men and animals who inhabited it, and the complex realities of sustainable agriculture."
A coming-of-age memoir that illuminates the pleasures and problems of running a conservation-oriented sheep and cattle ranch. Read full book review >
A FORK IN THE ROAD by James Oseland
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Delicious reading for the discerning foodie."
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Read full book review >
A Century on New Brunswick's N.W. Miramichi by George S. Mumford
Released: Nov. 27, 2013

"An enjoyable look at how outdoorsy vacations have changed, though the appeal isn't too broad."
A chronicle of the fishing exploits of five generations of the Mumford family, who for the past 100 years have been enjoying regular trips to the fishing camps along Canada's Miramichi River. Read full book review >
Showdown at Shinagawa by Bill Zarchy
Released: Nov. 20, 2013

"Thumbs up for this filmmaker's collection of postcards from the edge."
From Cannes to the Far East, author Zarchy, a professional cinematographer, tells of exotic places and people he has met (and sometimes filmed) in his international career. 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 >