Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 4)

GOING INTO TOWN by Roz Chast
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Chast's voice and vision make this a singular love letter to a singular city."
The highly regarded New Yorker cartoonist lets readers see the city she loves through her eyes. Read full book review >
SWIMMING WITH ELEPHANTS by Sarah Bamford  Seidelmann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2017

"A feel-good story for like-minded readers who also seek 'the love and compassion of the Universe.'"
How the author "left medicine to pursue a radically different path," as she embarked on "the messy process of finding my connection to the Divine and learning to trust its guidance." Read full book review >

A TASTE OF PARIS by David Downie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A zesty, entertaining romp through the landscape of French food."
A Francophile takes a spirited jaunt through French history, focused on food. Read full book review >
LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE by Jeffrey K.   Stine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the ecological bookshelf."
Original essays by leading scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists that address the related problems of unchecked population growth, scarcity of resources, climate change, and environmental pollution. Read full book review >
THE COMFORT FOOD DIARIES by Emily  Nunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Nourishing, truthful reflections on family, friends, and love all wrapped up in the idea of food as sustenance for both the body and the soul."
A tale of recovery from a broken heart via comfort foods found across the United States. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"An unvarnished, overlong account of the facts behind America's newfound oil dominance."
The "darker side" of North Dakota's "shale oil revolution." Read full book review >
FISHING by Brian Fagan
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A multilayered, nuanced tour of 'fishing societies throughout the world' and across millennia."
A study of global cultures that have been nurtured by the wealth from the sea. Read full book review >
NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >
THIS BLESSED EARTH by Ted Genoways
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Genoways memorably captures the difficult lives nonindustrial farmers lead in order to feed the world."
Journalist Genoways (The Chain: Farm, Factory, and the Fate of Our Food, 2014, etc.) returns to further study farming in America. Read full book review >
LITTLE SOLDIERS by Lenora  Chu
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"An informative, personal view of the Chinese and their educational system that will have many American readers cringing at the techniques used by the Chinese to create perfect students."
A comparison of American and Chinese education systems based on the author's observations of her young son. Read full book review >
PIG/PORK by Pía  Spry-Marqués
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Just about all you ever wanted to know about the Suidae—including reasons for not eating them, as the author concludes. For cooks and animal lovers alike."
A Spanish zooarchaeologist examines all things porcine in this enjoyable truffle of a book. Read full book review >
GHOSTS OF THE TSUNAMI by Richard Lloyd Parry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"A sobering and compelling narrative of calamity."
Pensive travels in the wake of one of the world's most devastating recent disasters, the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. 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 >