Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 4)

A TOKYO ROMANCE by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"The reward is a wild ride through the late-20th-century Japanese avant-garde scene through the eyes of an innocent from across the sea."
A delicious if squirm-inducing memoir of a young Western artist in 1970s Japan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"An amiably witty book about sailing that will appeal as strongly to the uninitiated as to the addicted."
In a new edition of a book first published in 1999, the National Book Award-winning author recalls a "watershed" year in the early 1990s when he seriously took up sailing, a sport he had abandoned when he was in his 20s. Read full book review >

THE GOSPEL OF TREES by Apricot Irving
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A timely and often insightful perspective on modern-day Haiti woven into an overlong and banal family saga."
A missionary's daughter recounts her childhood experiences in Haiti. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Readers with an interest in Russian cultural history and urban history will find much of value in these pages."
"Peter's dream capital was majestic but crumbling, even as it was built": an expansive portrait of the calamity-laden urban center of European Russia. Read full book review >
THE LAST WILD MEN OF BORNEO by Carl Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"At once cautionary and inspiring; adventure travel at its best."
An expertly wrought tale of exploration, adventure, and mischief by Hoffman (Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, 2014, etc.), who returns to the South Pacific island of Borneo to tell it. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"A jaunty glimpse into the cities and countryside of Central America from the point of view of a traveler well-equipped to compare life there to other countries around the globe."
The British explorer's latest trek takes him by foot from Mexico to the edge of Colombia. Read full book review >
TIME PIECES by John Banville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman."
The celebrated author turns inward with this enchanting memoir about his beloved hometown. Read full book review >
EDUCATED by Tara Westover
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success."
A recent Cambridge University doctorate debuts with a wrenching account of her childhood and youth in a strict Mormon family in a remote region of Idaho. Read full book review >
LIMITS OF THE KNOWN by David Roberts
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Roberts ponders his mortality while celebrating the freedom of wild places. A book for anyone who appreciates good adventure writing."
Veteran mountaineer and historian Roberts (The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest, 2015, etc.) looks once more at the question of why humans are so bent on scaling the world's tall places. Read full book review >
DRESSED UP FOR A RIOT by Michael Idov
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Breezy but informative and especially useful for readers contemplating a move to Russia for business or pleasure."
A sometimes-jokey but insightful insider's guide to modern Russia and the Russian mind. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer with particular interest for gastronomes and agriculture enthusiasts."
The story of an intrepid botanist who exposed America to myriad exotic plants and food crops. Read full book review >
RAVEN WALKS AROUND THE WORLD by Thom Henley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 17, 2018

"A celebration of nature and passionate call for stewardship of the planet."
An environmental activist, educator, and intrepid traveler recounts his efforts to protect the wilderness. 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 >