Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 6)

THE LAMBS by Carole George
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A heartwarmingly compassionate memoir of self-discovery among cherished animals in 'a scrap of Virginia countryside.'"
A former international lawyer tells the story of how she took over a "ratty little farm" in Virginia and became an improbable shepherdess. Read full book review >
GREAT AMERICAN OUTPOST by Maya Rao
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 24, 2018

"A superbly reported book marred only by an occasionally wandering narrative."
Newspaper journalist Rao travels to remote western North Dakota to immerse herself in the boom-and-bust cycle of shale oil extraction. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A compellingly readable tale of identity formation."
The story of a baby-switching case that involved two children who were part of two different sets of identical twins. Read full book review >
MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA by Sofija Stefanovic
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A fresh and timely perspective on the immigrant experience—required reading for fans of Stefanovic and a strong inducement for newcomers to explore the rest of her work."
A writer and raconteur chronicles her life growing up in the former-Yugoslavian immigrant subculture of 1990s Australia. Read full book review >
LYME by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Released: April 17, 2018

"Pfeiffer's indignation and constant lacing of the text with tick names and numbers, disease counts, and tragic cases create a high emotional pitch that can be exhausting, but the basic facts she sets forth are credible, and they deserve immediate attention."
An alert about the dangers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Read full book review >

BUTTERMILK GRAFFITI by Edward Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A heartfelt and forward-thinking book in which Lee's experiences and travel accounts successfully create an eager appetite for adventurous recipes, the stories behind the relationships of the people that inspire them, and a strong appreciation for the cooking traditions they've upheld."
An acclaimed chef and restaurateur travels across the country to explore the cultural history behind the evolving American cuisine. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"Uneven, but of interest to readers with a bent for natural disaster—and to those keen on surviving it."
U.S. Geological Survey seismologist Jones turns in a glancing tour of natural calamities through time. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"A pleasure for the budding naturalist in the family—or fans of Gerald Durrell and other animals."
Charming forays into the world of natural history and the ways of animal behavior. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"A diligent, sometimes-laborious study of the necessity and uses of Holocaust tourism."
An academic study of the nascent discipline of "Holocaust tourism." Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
ORPHIC PARIS by Henri Cole
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wise, astute, and luminous literary commonplace book."
Self-portrait of a prizewinning poet in search of himself in entrancing Paris. Read full book review >
NO IMMEDIATE DANGER by William T. Vollmann
Released: April 10, 2018

"Vollmann promises a second volume to come—and perhaps more beyond that. Only the irradiated future will tell."
Vollmann (The Dying Grass, 2015, etc.) apologizes to the future that we've ruined, charting how our choices of energy sources made the planet scarcely inhabitable. 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 >