Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 4)

SUPERSTORM by Kathryn Miles
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness."
The strange and devastating life of Hurricane Sandy receives a fine, grim telling from Miles (English/Chatham Univ.; All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! by Laurie McAndish King
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive."
A collection of tales about the author's exotic travels and culinary adventures. Read full book review >

RED NILE by Robert Twigger
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A painstaking work of research and careful observation."
A rich tapestry of Nile lore and legend, stretching from the ancients to the fall of the latest tyrant. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
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Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >

ARRIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Andreas Wagner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm that delivers knowledge from the inorganic page to our organic brains."
Wagner (Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies/Univ. of Zurich; The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations, 2011, etc.) lucidly explores the natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate and thus evolve.Read full book review >
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Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Imagine a true-life, courtroom version of Heart of Darkness."
Here's a twist: the almost unbelievable tale of a human rights attorney every bit as conscienceless as the multinational he was suing. Read full book review >
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein
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Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein."
A best-selling anti-globalization activist and author argues that surviving the climate emergency will require radical changes in how we live. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Through compelling and meditative prose, Ackerman delivers top-notch insight on the contemporary human condition."
A shimmering narrative about how the human and natural worlds coexist, coadapt and interactively thrive. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 24, 2014

"Zoological eye candy captured with a keen eye and adventurous spirit."
An impressive coffee-table book brimming with a couple's beautiful photographs of exotic wildlife. Read full book review >
Massage and the Writer by Isham Cook
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 13, 2014

"Readers interested in parting the curtains at the Turkish bathhouse and the Chinese baojian anmo will find this an excellent place to begin."
Part travelogue, part commentary on the art of massage. Read full book review >
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Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"In this cool, disarming and persuasive indictment of fracking's widespread negative consequences, the authors provide an important addition to an ongoing debate."
A primer on unconventional fossil fuel extraction, with convincing evidence as to its deleterious nature, from veterinarian Bamberger and Oswald (Molecular Medicine/Cornell Univ.). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >