Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 4)

Released: May 15, 2018

"Refreshingly, Stadiem mostly avoids making the narrative overly gossipy, and it's good fun to see what devils some of our political and cultural heroes really were."
An eye-opening biography of "the elegant French Queen of Sex." Read full book review >
A THIRSTY LAND by Seamus McGraw
Released: May 9, 2018

"Observers of Western water ways will want to have this on their shelves alongside the likes of Marc Reisner and Charles Bowden."
A hard look at a hard problem: finding sufficient water to live in a place without much of it. Read full book review >

THE WORLD-ENDING FIRE by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A great place to start for those who are not familiar with Berry's work; for those who are, it will be a nostalgic stroll down a rural, wooded Memory Lane. In this day and age, his writings are must-reads."
A pleasing selection of essays from the lifelong farmer and award-winning writer. Read full book review >
A NATURALIST AT LARGE by Bernd Heinrich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"Heinrich's personal touch and breadth of knowledge make this a satisfying outing for armchair naturalists."
A collection of essays on plants and animal biology and behavior by a scientist who is also a prolific, prize-winning author. Read full book review >
OUR STORY by Rao Pingru
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A graceful, gently told narrative of contentment and resilience."
A graphic memoir recounts a quiet life amid cultural upheaval. Read full book review >

BELLA FIGURA by Kamin Mohammadi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A charming, delightful memoir of self-transformation."
An Iranian-born British journalist goes to Italy on an extended work sabbatical and unexpectedly finds the fulfillment that had been absent from her life. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." Read full book review >
FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A masterfully simple and satisfying collection."
A retrospective of the prolific writer's essays, travel stories, and reflections. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"Good stuff for Western history buffs, to say nothing of fans of the Post Office."
Of thundering hooves and priority mail: a lively history of the short-lived but much-evoked Pony Express. Read full book review >
END OF THE ROPE by Jan Redford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"Fails to scale the literary heights of Arlene Blum's Annapurna: A Woman's Place (1982) in the canon of women's mountaineering books but still worthy for aspiring climbers"
A memoir of mountaineering and life by a Canadian alpinist. Read full book review >
Released: May 3, 2018

"Whether China succeeds is, of course, for the future to tell. That it has emerged so rapidly as the region's superpower, though, makes this brief study particularly timely."
Illuminating study of China's ambitious efforts to extend its influence in Southeast Asia by means of a high-speed rail system. Read full book review >
MONSOON MANSION by Cinelle Barnes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2018

"A lyrically heartfelt memoir of resilience in the face of significant obstacles."
A young essayist's memoir of her extraordinary riches-to-rags childhood in the Philippines. 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 >