Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

AMERICAN CATCH by Paul Greenberg
Released: June 30, 2014

"A fascinating discussion of a multifaceted issue and a passionate call to action."
Blue Ocean Institute fellow Greenberg (Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food, 2010, etc.) offers an optimistic perspective on the connection between preserving our salt marshes and restoring America's offshore seafood production. Read full book review >
ZOOM by Bob Berman
Released: June 24, 2014

"An engagingly quirky popular treatment of the ongoing debate about the nature of space and time in the universe and our place as both observers and participants."
"We are embedded in a magical matrix of continuous motion," writes Astronomy columnist and Old Farmer's Almanac science editor Berman (The Sun's Heartbeat: And Other Stories from the Life of the Star that Powers Our Planet, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >

DEEP by James Nestor
Released: June 24, 2014

"An adventurous and frequently dazzling look at our planet's most massive habitat."
Nestor (Get High Now (without drugs), 2009, etc.) takes readers around the world as he explores the ocean's mysterious and revealing depths—and what the deep might reveal about mankind's origin and future. Read full book review >
THE NILE by Toby Wilkinson
Released: June 12, 2014

"From Aswan to Cairo, encompassing deserts and oases, Wilkinson proves to be a pleasant, nondidactic and always-informative travel companion."
Gently meandering tour of the Nile River in the company of a deeply knowledgeable guide. Read full book review >
Released: June 10, 2014

"Braitman's gradual accretion of reasons to believe in animal emotional states that we can relate to, including the loopy ones, gives pause and sparks curiosity."
Through experiential and anecdotal evidence, science historian and senior TED fellow Braitman takes measure of the emotional thunderstorms that cramp or even curtail the normal lives of animals. Read full book review >

GOTHAM UNBOUND by Ted Steinberg
Released: June 3, 2014

"Richly researched and illustrated—a wholly edifying account."
Steinberg (History and Law/Case Western Reserve Univ.; American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn, 2006, etc.) returns with an illuminating text that adheres strictly and powerfully to its subtitle. Read full book review >
Released: May 20, 2014

"In this bold and impassioned analysis, Barber insists that chefs have the power to transform American cuisine to achieve a sustainable and nutritious future."
A multiple James Beard Award-winning chef proposes a revolutionary change for growing and consuming food. Read full book review >
CAPITAL by Rana Dasgupta
Released: May 19, 2014

"A sincere, troubling look at India's wrenching social and cultural changes."
Deep, unsettling explorations into a city that has lost its soul, from a British-Indian novelist who has lived in Delhi for more than 10 years. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2014

"A delectable feast of the heart."
A professor and journalist's engaging account of how being an urban forager in New York City led her to unexpected personal enlightenment. Read full book review >
Released: May 13, 2014

"Pleasant, peripatetic musings revealing a great deal about the Chinese character."
New Yorker staff writer and former China correspondent Osnos offers nimble, clever observations of a country squeezed between aspiration and authoritarianism. Read full book review >
UNTAMED by Will Harlan
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
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >