Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Not always cohesive, but the stylish rendering of the Russian culture, which both attracts and appalls the author, will keep the reader captivated."
Everything you know about Russia is wrong, according to this eye-opening, mind-bending memoir of a TV producer caught between two cultures. Read full book review >
ANIMAL WEAPONS by Douglas J. Emlen
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Solid natural history, along with a well-turned thought or two about when weapons spell their owner's doom."
Emlen (Biology/Univ. of Montana) presents a bestiary equipped with outsize weaponry. Read full book review >

LIVES IN RUINS by Marilyn Johnson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"An engrossing examination of how archaeologists re-create much of human history, piece by painstaking piece."
Science reporter Johnson (This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, 2010, etc.) explores the work of archaeologists.Read full book review >
MARCO POLO by John Man
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Marvelous tales that first inspired the Western traveler to see and learn more."
British historian Man (Samurai: A History, 2014, etc.) chronicles his journey to Asia where Marco Polo first led the Western traveler. The book was first published in the U.K. in 2009 as Xanadu.Read full book review >
SISSINGHURST by Vita Sackville-West
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Enjoyable for gardeners and lovers of quaint British landscapes."
British gardener Raven (Wild Flowers, 2012) integrates Sackville-West's writings into a gardener's guide to one of England's finest landscapes, which was laid out with a studied nonchalance. Read full book review >

A BACKPACK, A BEAR, AND EIGHT CRATES OF VODKA by Lev Golinkin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A mordantly affecting chronicle of a journey to discover that 'you can't have a future if you don't have a past.'"
An ex-Iron Curtain refugee-turned-American citizen tells the emotional story of how he and his parents fled the Ukraine two years before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Read full book review >
CAPTIVE PARADISE by James L. Haley
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story."
Revisionist, evenhanded look at Hawaiian dynastic tenacity against ceaseless challenges by larger imperialist powers. Read full book review >
AMORE by Roger Friedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Intelligent, thoughtful and well-researched, Friedland's book is not only a love letter to Rome, but also to his daughters and the members of their generation, for whose personal happiness he fears."
Cultural sociologist Friedland (Religious Studies and Sociology/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship, 2006, etc.) examines the life-changing "love lessons" he learned from the city of Rome. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Clissold's deep knowledge of Chinese culture and language informs this useful work."
A pragmatic application of good-sense peasant wisdom in negotiating big financial deals with the Chinese. Read full book review >
WORTH FIGHTING FOR by Rory Fanning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Fanning's dedication to the cause is admirable, but readers are left wondering how the author thought he would change the world by walking across the country."
An Army Ranger-turned-conscientious objector pays tribute to a fallen comrade with a walk across America. Read full book review >
THE ART OF STILLNESS by Pico Iyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Rather than reading it quickly and filing it, readers will likely slow down to meet its pace and might continue carrying it around as a reminder."
A brief, spiritually minded book that offers practical wisdom on reducing stress through stillness. Read full book review >
HELL-BENT by Jason Ryan
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Without well-known criminal names or impressive crimes to pull an audience in, this will likely appeal only to Mafia buffs."
Ryan (Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs, 2011) delivers his second true-crime tale, this time covering "Hawaii's underworld."Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >