Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

UNBOUND by Steph Jagger
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A middling memoir of self-discovery."
On a skiing trip around the world, the author loses herself in order to find herself and unexpectedly finds love in the process. Read full book review >
LIFE AT SEA by Monique Layton
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"An eccentric but enthralling look at the human conquest of the sea."
A wide-ranging account of the history of seafaring that incorporates economic, political, and sociological commentary. Read full book review >

AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Lawrence Millman
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Even those who find the jeremiad too strident should be impressed with the manner by which Millman connects the dots."
A true-crime account of an Arctic mass murder in the 1940s blends subtly with a prophecy about the dangers of cyberaddiction. Read full book review >
THE UNSETTLERS by Mark Sundeen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Provocative reading for anyone who has ever yearned for a life of radical simplicity."
Bright update on the perennial back-to-the-land movement. Read full book review >
THE CYCLIST WHO WENT OUT IN THE COLD by Tim Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An enjoyable account of an amazing human accomplishment."
A gung-ho English cyclist tackles the Iron Curtain Trail, aka the Euro Velo 13. Read full book review >

BRING BACK THE KING by Helen Pilcher
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A unique perspective on our responsibility to preserve the chain of being of which we are only a part."
An intriguing look at the possibilities of bringing the passenger pigeon and other currently extinct species back to life. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"A concise primer to the science and politics of climate change."
An admirably evenhanded appraisal of the challenges posed by climate change and the political solutions available. Read full book review >
EXPECT GREAT THINGS by Kevin Dann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Thoreau emerges from this admiring portrait as a man richly connected to the cosmos."
A sympathetic biography of the famed 19th-century transcendentalist. Read full book review >
BIRDS ART LIFE by Kyo Maclear
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Writers and others will find inspiration in the advice to stop and hear the birds."
A meditation on freedom and confinement and the creative tension between the two. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Couch potatoes take warning: the experiences described in this testimonial are often tough to read about, and the conclusions, while sometimes convincing, might best be taken with a touch of skepticism."
On the heels of the paleo diet comes a new claim: taking on the physical challenges of the environment faced by our prehistoric ancestors can undo what easy calories and effortless comfort have done to our bodies—made them fat, lazy, and weak. Read full book review >
THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary—trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner."
"Once again I had the strong feeling, when flying into the valley, that I was leaving the twenty-first century entirely": another perilous Preston (The Kraken Project, 2014, etc.) prestidigitation. Read full book review >
THE DRUG HUNTERS by Donald R. Kirsch
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Highly informative and accessible for general readers."
Biopharmaceutical consultant Kirsch debuts with a popular account of the search for new drugs, from prehistory through the rise of big pharma. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >