Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 6)

AT THE STRANGERS' GATE by Adam Gopnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not exactly a Horatio Alger story but an engaging tale of a writer finding his way in work and life."
A longtime New Yorker contributor writes about his early years in the city—the 1980s principally—ruminating about art and artists, love and apartments, writing and reading and speaking, and the city that he loves. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"We are losing much biodiversity because of human meddling, writes this contrarian ecologist in his fascinating book. However, 'come back in a million years and we might be looking at several million new species whose existence can be attributed to humans.'"
An optimistic view of nature amid the current environmental crisis. Read full book review >

CROSSINGS by Jon  Kerstetter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An inspiring memoir that will be highly useful to readers struggling with PTSD and other wartime injuries."
A soldier and physician writes of overcoming wounds visible and invisible upon returning from battle. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Worth sampling if not ingesting in one sitting, the collection provides a comprehensive introduction to a provocative vision of the contemporary state of human connection to—and disconnection from—nature."
Selections from the 10 volumes published by the Dark Mountain Project give readers a taste of the organization's mission: "to play host to voices seeking honest engagement with questions that might be intractable." Read full book review >
COMING TO MY SENSES by Alice Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An almost charmed restaurant life that exhales the sweet aromas of honesty and self-awareness."
The veteran and much-honored chef and writer returns with a memoir that shows how bumps, bruises, and even youthful confusion and clumsiness can form the Yellow Brick Road. Read full book review >

BORDER by Kapka Kassabova
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A dreamlike account that subtly draws readers into the author's ambivalent experience of a homeland that has changed almost beyond recognition."
A writer who has lived in Scotland for many years chronicles her return to her birthplace to explore the idea and reality of boundaries between nations. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"A well-told tale of naval exploits in which gold is the MacGuffin."
The history of the sinking of a trans-Atlantic liner and the hunt for the 43 tons of gold it was carrying. Read full book review >
DURATIONS by Carolyn Osborn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2017

"Monotonous personal history coupled with interesting essays on world travel."
A Texas-based author shares her family history and travelogues. Read full book review >
QUAKELAND by Kathryn Miles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Occasionally long-winded but readable and engaging—not to mention eye-opening, as the author delivers a firm warning to policymakers as well as individual citizens."
A wide-ranging account of earthquakes, the least understood of natural disasters, with vivid stories of the havoc they create and a warning about what will someday happen in the United States. Read full book review >
HAVANA WITHOUT MAKEUP by Herman  Portocarero
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Havana emerges as a city like no other: a place where humans, in many ways, are at their most vibrantly human."
The EU Ambassador to Cuba pens a temperate love letter to Havana. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Vanessa Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations."
The acclaimed author delivers a host of brief but insightful observations about the small matters of everyday life. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A hortatory call to arms for young people and a harsh critique of their ruling elders."
A young Canadian journalist argues that a unique generational values shift is occurring that may upend just about everything to save the planet. 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 >