Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

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 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 >

HISTORY OF A DISAPPEARANCE by Filip  Springer
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lucid and literate: a brilliant model of historical writing about place and a beguiling treat for armchair travelers as well."
An evocative study of a town in Poland's outback, one scarcely known even in its day. Read full book review >
RAPTOR by James Macdonald Lockhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2017

"This illuminating book serves as homage to a brilliant naturalist and extraordinary birds. If you loved H Is for Hawk, put this next on your reading list."
Fifteen birds of prey lead the author on an enthralling journey across the British Isles. Read full book review >
SEA TRIALS by Wendy Hinman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Highly readable and sufficiently evocative to sense the scent of sea air in the pages."
Hinman (Tightwads on the Loose, 2012) serves up a second real-life maritime adventure. Read full book review >

THE DIABLO DIARY by Joseph Belli
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 31, 2017

"Informative, provocative, and engaging, if somewhat out of date."
A debut that blends personal essays and natural history to describe a mountain range in California. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Readers will certainly come away from the book knowing more about wine and likely eager to explore it further, but even those less inclined to imbibe will be intrigued by Bosker's insights into the nature of smell and taste and the ways training and attention can increase one's pleasure in them."
An 18-month immersion in the study of wine, teaching us not just about what to look for in the glass, but how to experience the world in a new way. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 28, 2017

"An affectionate yet realistic portrait of felis silvestris catus and a definite boon to anyone contemplating adopting a cat."
A cat lover blends his personal experiences with research in this attempt to help us better understand our feline pets. Read full book review >
PRACTICE RESURRECTION by Erik Reece
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Reece's insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment."
Religion, ecology, literature, family, and ideas all commingle in this collection. Read full book review >
BLEAKER HOUSE by Nell Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"This engaging debut fulfills her confident prediction."
On a remote island, a young writer assesses her talents and her dreams. Read full book review >
THE MEZCAL RUSH by Granville Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A rich, inclusive portrait of one of the world's great drinks."
A longtime journalist takes a cultural deep dive into the history and contemporary re-emergence of Mexico's second-most-famous elixir. Read full book review >
THE GULF by Jack E. Davis
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental conviction."
A sweeping environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that duly considers the ravages of nature and man. 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 >