Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

RICE, NOODLE, FISH by Matt Goulding
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A food connoisseur expertly unravels the intricate dance surrounding food in Japan."
A gourmand's tour through Japan. Read full book review >
THE HORSE by Wendy Williams
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Anyone with a love of horses will treasure this book, which provides scholarly yet accessible insight into a beautifully constructed animal that has chosen to domesticate man, just as dogs have."
An enthusiastic history of and appreciation for all things horse. Read full book review >

BUSTER by Will Barrow
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A warmly written account of the impact of one hardworking dog on a man who has worked diligently to maintain a professional remove with his companion, knowing full well the dog's got his heart from the start."
A look inside the work of a military dog. Read full book review >
THUNDER & LIGHTNING by Lauren Redniss
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"A highly atmospheric, entertainingly earnest, and intimate engrossment with the world's most popular topic of conversation."
Redniss (Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout, 2010) delivers an arrestingly unconventional exploration of weather.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Enjoyable reading for sport fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts who can look past any issues regarding cruelty to animals."
Personal and professional lives come together for McClintock (Lost Antarctica: Adventures in a Disappearing Land, 2012), an Antarctic marine biologist and passionate sport fisherman.Read full book review >

PRISONERS OF GEOGRAPHY by Tim Marshall
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Compulsive globe-spinners won't find much new in these pages, but Marshall's broad survey of events in the light of geographical realities goes a long way to explaining Putin's concerns—and, for that matter, those of the CIA as well."
Is geography destiny? Perhaps not, but Manifest Destiny certainly had a geographical component—and so, writes former Sky News correspondent Marshall ("Dirty Northern B*st*rds!": And Other Tales from the Terraces: The Story of Britain's Football Chants, 2014, etc.), will a future world in which the United States may not be a superpower.Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Winchester's passionate research—on sea and land—undergirds this superb analysis of a world wonder that we seem hellbent on damaging."
The preternaturally curious writer about everything from the Oxford English Dictionary to volcanoes to the Atlantic Ocean (Atlantic: A Vast Ocean of a Million Stories, 2010, etc.) returns with a series of high-resolution literary snapshots of the Pacific Ocean.Read full book review >
THE SECRET LIVES OF BATS by Merlin Tuttle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2015

"A page-turning memoir of curiosity about—and dedication to—a significant part of the natural world."
Bats are "sophisticated, beautiful, even cute, quite aside from their crucial roles as primary predators of insects, pollinators of flowers and dispersers of seeds," writes Tuttle, an ecologist who has championed their cause for more than 50 years. Read full book review >
A FIELD PHILOSOPHER'S GUIDE TO FRACKING by Adam Briggle
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 19, 2015

"Goliath takes it right between the eyes in this unique take on the convoluted politics, science, and cultural issues at stake regarding fracking."
Out of the university and into the streets, Briggle (Philosophy/Univ. of North Texas) brings the practice of "field philosophy" to the question of whether fracking is feckless or feasible. Read full book review >
FRACKING THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Jessica Smartt Gullion
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2015

"Likely to be well-received in the academy and elsewhere largely unread."
A sociologist offers an ethnography of an unlikely group of environmental health activists. Read full book review >
PORTAGE by Sue Leaf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2015

"Pleasant outdoors stories that will appeal to nature lovers, avid canoeists, and armchair travelers."
A woman and her family canoe the waterways of America. Read full book review >
ON CATS by Charles Bukowski
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 13, 2015

"Cat lovers won't confuse the author's verse with T.S. Eliot's, and Bukowski fans will find this of marginal significance."
A curious collection of writings about cats, as the self-acknowledged Dirty Old Man of American letters celebrates his feline affinities and affection. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >