Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

UNTAMED by Will Harlan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 6, 2014

"A moving homage and an adventure story that artfully articulates the ferocities of nature and humanity."
Blue Ridge Outdoors editor in chief Harlan intimately and expansively profiles a fearless Southern island dweller. Read full book review >
A STING IN THE TALE by Dave Goulson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2014

"A delightful book by an author filled with enthusiasm for the natural world and in possession of just the right touch for sharing it with others."
What you never knew about bumblebees, from a man who is both passionate and knowledgeable. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 22, 2014

"An engaging state of the union by an important leader in solar power."
Pioneering solar power entrepreneur Williams (Chasing the Sun: Solar Adventures Around the World, 2005) chronicles how he left journalism to become an advocate for the distribution of solar energy around the world. Read full book review >
AMERICAN SMOKE by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Melding reportage and memoir, this gossipy, idiosyncratic cultural history offers a fresh, unvarnished look at an eccentric, brash and dynamic cast of literary rebels."
An intrepid British writer takes to the road in search of the Beats. Read full book review >
STILWATER by Rafael de Grenade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A vivid, sweeping chronicle of the Australian Outback, as told by a lover of the land and its native fauna."
Rhapsodic meditation on country life by an American rancher in Australia. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"This worthwhile little tome packs a wallop consisting of equal portions of healthy education and pertinent entertainment."
A breezy yet highly informative trek through our plasticized world coupled with tips for reducing plastic from your life. Read full book review >
THE HOMING INSTINCT by Bernd Heinrich
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A special treat for readers of natural history."
A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals. Read full book review >
THE SEA INSIDE by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy."
Do we come from the sea? Hoare's (The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, 2010, etc.) absorbing book may well lead you to think so. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An important, multifaceted page-turner."
A hard-hitting chronicle of the hidden history behind the creation of Las Vegas, including a large-scale resource grab and a grand plan to drive the Navajo people off their lands, abetted by corruption at the highest levels of government. Read full book review >
TULUGAQ by Kerry McCluskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Closer to ethnology than storytelling but still a thought-provoking glimpse of how nature and myth mix. (Folklore. 11 & up)"
A treasury of anecdotes about this smart and mysterious bird—gathered over years from residents of northern Canada and Alaska and paired to evocative photographs. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A gripping biography of 'a gentle rebel, a talkative hermit, an enthusiastic wanderer, a distant son of the Scottish Enlightenment, inspired by ice.'"
A riveting biography of John Muir (1838-1914), America's foremost "naturalist, activist, and pacifist." Read full book review >
UNDER MAGNOLIA by Frances Mayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"One of those books you want to devour but realize it's more satisfying to savor for as long as possible."
A captivating memoir by Mayes (Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life, 2010, etc.) recalling life growing up in a small Southern town and how the region permeated her psyche. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >