Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 34)

THE BONOBO AND THE ATHEIST by Frans de Waal
NON-FICTION
Released: March 25, 2013

"A well-composed argument for the biological foundations of human morality."
Is morality a learned aspect of human nature, or is it innate? Are thinking and acting morally behaviors exclusive to humans? Read full book review >
THE DRUNKEN BOTANIST by Amy Stewart
NON-FICTION
Released: March 19, 2013

"A rich compendium of botanical lore for cocktail lovers."
A comprehensive guide to the intersection of plants and booze. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2013

"A step-by-step grasping of the enormity of an impending biodiversity crisis."
A frank, depressing wake-up call of impending environmental disaster. Read full book review >
OVERBOOKED by Elizabeth Becker
NON-FICTION
Released: March 12, 2013

"An in-depth and compelling disclosure of the changes needed to protect the world's travel sites while maintaining a good profit margin."
"In 2012 the world passed the 1 billion mark for international trips," writes former New York Times correspondent Becker (America's Vietnam War, 1992, etc.), who provides an extensive exposé on the benefits and detriments of tourism. Read full book review >
GUN GUYS by Dan Baum
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2013

"Though many liberals will dislike Baum's conclusions (and gun rights crusaders may distrust him regardless), he offers a thoughtful corrective to the mutual ideological hysteria surrounding the issue of guns in America. The book should gain further exposure and/or controversy following the tragedy in Newtown, Conn."
Engrossing social study from a rara avis: an East Coast progressive who's also a gun enthusiast. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2013

"A lively footnote to the debate between science and religion and the exploration of the African jungle in the Victorian era."
Former Washington Post reporter Reel (The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, 2010) offers a fascinating sidelight on the perennial debate of man's origins. Read full book review >
BOG TENDER by George Szanto
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 5, 2013

"An earthy, homespun and voyeuristically satisfying book."
Twelve months of natural splendor on Vancouver Island's eastern coast. Read full book review >
NATURE'S ORACLE by Ullica Segerstrale
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"A carefully written and surprising biography of one of science's unsung heroes."
Biography of W.D. Hamilton (1936-2000), a revolutionary thinker and scientist whose outlier methods and ideas isolated him from the scientific establishment; he would later be vindicated as a brilliant contributor to evolutionary biology. Read full book review >
TRAVELING THE POWER LINE by Julianne Couch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2013

"Fair, thoughtful and balanced."
A Wyoming-based journalist and essayist chronicles her visits to nine electrical power stations across the country, examining the pros and cons of the fuel sources used at each site. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"An ingenious overview of anything that might be alive. The author remains true to science while coming to delightfully bizarre conclusions."
Living organisms don't tolerate boiling or subzero temperatures, massive pressure or an environment too rich in salt, acid or toxic chemicals—or so we thought for centuries. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 26, 2013

"Although human cognition remains uniquely profound, evolution guarantees that it has a long history, and Morell makes a fascinating, convincing case that even primitive animals give some thought to their actions."
Animals not only have minds, but personalities and emotions. They make plans, calculate, cheat and even teach, writes veteran science writer Morell (Ancestral Passions: The Leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings, 1997) in this delightful exploration of how animals think. Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF FUTURE CITIES by Daniel Brook
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 25, 2013

"An enormously elucidating and relevant study."
An intimate, canny comparative study of four of the great world cities—St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Mumbai and Dubai—in terms of the imposition of Western influence and onslaught of modern currents. 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 >