Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 6)

THE FOOD AND WINE OF FRANCE by Edward Behr
FOOD & COOKING
Released: June 14, 2016

"French cuisine once was unassailable, the West's finest, but while its influence has diminished even in France—as have many of the dishes that established its reputation—French food still commands a certain fascination, and Behr explores it with appetizing ardor."
The Art of Eating magazine founder Behr (50 Foods, 2013, etc.) serves as an admirable traveling companion through the world of French cuisine, offering high sailing on gustatory seas as well as grounding in history and broader cultural concerns. Read full book review >
THE WONDER TRAIL by Steve Hely
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"A disappointing book considering the ambitious journey that was undertaken and the potential for engaging a wide range of curious armchair travelers."
The author's travels from Los Angeles to Patagonia. Read full book review >

DOG GONE by Pauls Toutonghi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 14, 2016

"Honest reflections on a beloved dog that went missing and the frantic search to find him. For more universally interesting dog stories, turn to Jon Katz."
A lost dog and the family who strived to find him. Read full book review >
Letters from Nigeria by Gretel Clark
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2016

"An intriguing historical document, particularly for readers who have a passion for West Africa and narratives of the expatriate experience."
Personal missives to family and striking images reveal the daily lives of an American couple living in the West African country of Nigeria in the early 1960s. Read full book review >
KINGDOMS IN THE AIR by Bob Shacochis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"'Sink into an otherness,' the author advises in this enlightening travel collection, for a voyage of self-discovery."
Reflections on a wild life of daring travel. Read full book review >

THE HOUR OF LAND by Terry Tempest Williams
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"An important, well-informed, and moving read for anyone interested in learning more about America's national parks."
In commemoration of the centennial of the National Park Service, Williams (When Women Were Birds: Fifty-four Variations on Voice, 2012, etc.) explores 12 diverse parks.Read full book review >
HOGS WILD by Ian Frazier
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: June 7, 2016

"Pieces that show Frazier's ranging curiosity, lucent style, and capacious heart."
The veteran humorist and reporter for the New Yorker presents a collection of pieces that record his pursuits of wild hogs, hermit crabs, Asian carp, a Styrofoam substitute, and numerous other quarry. Read full book review >
COYOTE AMERICA by Dan Flores
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 7, 2016

"Well written throughout and just the right length, Flores' book makes a welcome primer for living in a land in which coyotes roam freely—in, that is to say, the Coyote America of his title."
A thoughtful study of Canis latrans, that quintessential North American mammal. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO BUILT THE SIERRA CLUB by Robert Wyss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Thorough and well written, if sometimes dry. The book lacks Brower's soaring idealism, but it provides a highly useful view of how environmental battles are waged in the trenches."
A sturdy life of David Brower (1912-2000), the legendarily tough and tough-minded pioneering environmentalist who shaped the Sierra Club into a national political force. Read full book review >
FRACKOPOLY by Wenonah Hauter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: June 7, 2016

"There is no question where Hauter's sympathies lie, and her grim litany of greed, corruption, and environmental damage may stir activists to action but deeply discourage general readers."
An angry polemic on fracking and the importance of "leaving fossil fuels in the ground and reorienting the production and use of electricity." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 7, 2016

"Excellent reading for students of park policy, wildlife management, and other resource issues."
A searching study of a tragedy and the legal contest that followed it, one that shaped the course of national park policy in the modern age. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 1, 2016

"A rollicking tale of the incredible saga of a man constantly searching for the next exploit and sharing them in his writings."
Separating the escapades from the exaggerations in the life of one of the best adventurers of his age.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Melissa Sweet
author of SOME WRITER!
September 26, 2016

“SOME PIG,” Charlotte the spider’s praise for Wilbur, is just one fondly remembered snippet from E. B. White’s Charlotte’s Web. In Some Writer!, two-time Caldecott Honor winner and 2014 Kirkus Prize finalist Melissa Sweet mixes White’s personal letters, photos, and family ephemera with her own exquisite artwork to tell his story, from his birth in 1899 to his death in 1985. Budding young writers will be fascinated and inspired by the journalist, New Yorker contributor, and children’s book author who loved words his whole life. This authorized tribute is the first fully illustrated biography of E. B. White and includes an afterword by Martha White, E. B. White's granddaughter. “Like Charlotte, Sweet spins a terrific story,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A masterful biography that will enchant young readers.” View video >