Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

SUNSHINE STATE by Sarah Gerard
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 11, 2017

"An intimate journey reveals a Florida few visitors would ever discover."
Decidedly odd characters emerge in eight autobiographical essays. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"A deeply researched, terrifically entertaining exploration of the London Zoo 'through the eyes of some of the people who made it happen.'"
A whimsical work revisiting the English gentlemen of the early- to mid-19th century who envisioned the first Zoological Society of London. Read full book review >

WITNESS TREE by Lynda V. Mapes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial."
A textured story of a rapidly changing natural world and our relationship to it, told through the lens of one tree over four seasons. Read full book review >
THE WASTING OF BORNEO by Alex Shoumatoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A provocative, multilayered discussion of the imperative of saving our planet's environmental heritage while respecting the aspirations of indigenous people."
An investigation of the ongoing destruction of rain forests in Borneo and the native species that live in them. Read full book review >
WILLOUGHBYLAND by Matthew Parker
NON-FICTION
Released: April 11, 2017

"An engaging pursuit through history and geography, terminating in the human heart of darkness."
A varied, often fascinating search for the history and remains of England's 17th-century South American colony in what is now Suriname. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 10, 2017

"Anderson provides plenty of fodder for academic audiences."
An exuberant tour of cities, real and imaginary, far and wide. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2017

"Of compelling interest to any animal lover and especially to devotees of canids of all kinds."
Can new kinds of animals be brought into being outside of DNA tinkering and Frankensteining? Most certainly, as a long-running Russian experiment reveals. Read full book review >
THE NEW KOREANS by Michael Breen
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A solid entry point into the lives of a people who have fully earned their place on the world stage."
An exploration of "the cultural emergence and…international awareness and acceptance of South Korean expression to a point of familiarity." Read full book review >
DARWIN'S FIRST THEORY by Rob Wesson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A welcome addition to Darwin studies."
A geologist dives headfirst into an exploration of Charles Darwin and his work, demonstrating how he shares Darwin's "passion for understanding the earth and Homo Sapiens' place upon it." Read full book review >
THE SONGS OF TREES by David George Haskell
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"Haskell's message is straightforward and important: we are a part of nature, and the trees with whom we share our environment are vital parts of our lives."
Haskell (Biology/The Univ. of the South; The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Nature, 2012) uses the metaphor of song to capture how the "living memories of trees…tell of life's community, a net of relations" of which humans are "incarnate members." Read full book review >
OFF THE GRID by Randy Denmon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 4, 2017

"A facile narrative about haves traveling in a land of have-nots."
An engineer and novelist's account of how he traveled from Louisiana to Panama in an electric car. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2017

"A carefully annotated scientific detective story that suffers from an overabundance of detail but benefits from 24 pages of lively photos."
Excavating the history of the "one-in-a-billion buzz saw shark." 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 >