Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 6)

CITIZEN COKE by Bartow J. Elmore
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"A superb, quietly devastating environmental and business history."
An eye-opening account of the "unmatched ecological appetite" behind Coca-Cola's worldwide success. Read full book review >
BEIJING BASTARD by Val Wang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A deftly written and entertaining memoir that offers a fresh perspective on contemporary China and the people caught in its rapid transformation."
A young woman's search for her identity in late-1990s China. Read full book review >

TOP DOG by Maria Goodavage
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"A sentimental tale of man and dog and their heroism under fire."
In this follow-up to Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes (2012), Goodavage gives the Marines and their canine companions equal billing.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A mixed bag. Relating his occasionally amusing adventures in breezy slang, Steinberg seems to be vying for the same audience that has made Broadway's Book of Mormon such a huge hit."
A search for the roots of Mormonism. Read full book review >
BERLIN by Rory MacLean
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A series of imaginative and fanciful narrative segments—a history that is not all gloom and doom."
Berlin's greatest hits, from the age of the medieval troubadour to David Bowie's "Heroes." Read full book review >

GOOD DOG by David DiBenedetto
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Bird lovers may blanch at feather-in-the-mouth hunting tales, but this selection of vignettes is varied, entertaining and frequently heartwarming."
A sparkling collection of 51 dog stories that have regularly appeared in the eponymous columns of Garden & Gun since its launch in 2007. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN SIBERIA by David Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Glowing in its profound affection for the Russian people, an affection Greene convinces readers to share."
A former Russia correspondent for NPR ends his gig by taking a train across Siberia, generating new experiences and remembering earlier ones. Read full book review >
ANGELS BY THE RIVER by James Gustave Speth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2014

"Both a personal account of a long career dedicated to the environment and a fervent plea for major reform."
How a mainstream environmental adviser to two U.S. presidents became a radical activist arrested for chaining himself to a fence outside the White House. Read full book review >
SUPERSTORM by Kathryn Miles
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness."
The strange and devastating life of Hurricane Sandy receives a fine, grim telling from Miles (English/Chatham Univ.; All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF LIFE IN 100 FOSSILS by Paul D. Taylor
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Despite the terrific photographs, the avalanche of information in the text may overwhelm beginners, who should read a genuine history of evolution—e.g., Richard Fortey's Life (1998)—before dipping into this treasure trove."
Not a history of life as much as a picture book with 100 beautiful photographs of fossils, each accompanied by a pagelong essay on its role in evolution. Read full book review >
FAR AND NEAR by Neil Peart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Far less scandalous than 'rock drummer writes book' might suggest but far more interesting, too."
Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Rush lyricist/drummer extraordinaire returns with another collection of essays about life on the road, the pleasures (and perils) of the journey and lessons learned along the way. Read full book review >
ZOOLOGIES by Alison Hawthorne Deming
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Eloquent, sensitive and astute."
An award-winning essayist and poet contemplates the disappearance of the Earth's creatures and asks, "[w]hat do animals mean to the contemporary imagination?" Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >