Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 4)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A searching, discomfiting journey yields an elegant, memorable report."
A bare-knuckle, adventure-filled journey in search of the answer to a half-century-old cold case: Whatever happened to Nelson Rockefeller's son, Michael? Read full book review >
DINOSAURS WITHOUT BONES by Anthony J. Martin
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 12, 2014

"Most scholarly attempts at comedy, including this one, make for a painful experience, but readers who can tolerate the relentlessly glib, jokey prose will learn a great deal about these fascinating, long-dead creatures."
Paleontologist Martin (Environmental Sciences/Emory Univ.; Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Revealing the Unseen Lives of Plants and Animals, 2013, etc.) has written textbooks, but this is his first work for a popular audience, and his choice to use humor as an educational tool meets with mixed results. Read full book review >

EARTHQUAKE STORMS by John Dvorak
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 12, 2014

"Although almost entirely focused on California, this is a fine popular primer on the subject, lucidly written and no more technical than necessary."
A thoroughly rewarding explanation of earthquakes built around the famous San Andreas fault, which runs the length of California. Read full book review >
FIELD NOTES FROM A HIDDEN CITY by Esther Woolfson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2014

"Woolfson is an elegant, precise writer, and this transcendent memoir conveys exquisitely the vibrant world she inhabits."
Chilly Aberdeen, Scotland, may seem an unlikely place to investigate the natural world, but Woolfson (Corvus: A Life with Birds, 2009) offers a vivid portrait of birds, animals, insects and plants—and her place among them—in the city where she has lived for decades. Read full book review >
SEVEN FLOWERS by Jennifer Potter
HISTORY
Released: March 6, 2014

"Though Potter is occasionally too thorough in her information, anyone who has ever planted a seed or loved a flower can appreciate the author's knowledge and devotion."
Botanical writer Potter (The Rose, 2011) examines the rich history of "the flowers of healing; of delirium and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"The descriptions of the various sites on the grounds could only come from a man fortunate enough to have lived on and loved the site for almost 40 years."
Versailles head gardener and TV host Baraton reflects on his three decades tending some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mellifluous portrait of a country slowly and painfully pulling itself into the European world."
Swedish-born philanthropist and Granta publisher Rausing offers an intimate look at the devastations of communism in Estonia. Read full book review >
CATHEDRAL OF THE WILD by Boyd Varty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"He's no Isak Dinesen, but Varty writes for a stirring cause."
Scion of a South African wildlife preserve recounts somewhat canned yet poignant memories of growing up in the wild. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 4, 2014

"A fact-filled and amusing trek through nature's dark side that adroitly combines learning and the yuck factor."
The host of Animal Planet's Monsters Inside Me explores the world of parasites and their human hosts. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Thorough research provides fascinating insight into the sweet business of maple syrup."
An inside look at the maple syrup industry. Read full book review >
FALLING IN HONEY by Jennifer Barclay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Light and lively reading with an understated edge."
A peripatetic 30-something Englishwoman's account of how a Greek island "got under [her] skin" and showed her the way to contented self-direction. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN ROAD by Patrick Leigh Fermor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Incomplete but lovely nonetheless. Admirers of Fermor's writing will not be disappointed."
A posthumous completion of an adventure British author and adventurer Fermor (1915-2011) began more than 70 years ago: a walk from Holland to Istanbul. Read full book review >