Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >

THE DOGS OF AVALON by Laura  Schenone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engrossing account of greyhounds, their owners, and their champions."
The story of the author's adoption of a greyhound as a companion for her son and how she became involved with a fascinating group of animal rescuers. Read full book review >
CHANCER by Donnie Kanter Winokur
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An honest, informative, and uplifting memoir."
A journalist and children's book author tells the story of the golden retriever that changed her disabled son's life. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"Worthy of shelving alongside the best of modern firefighting books—and of the broadest audience, especially in territories where fires are likely to rage."
How we have mismanaged fire over the last century—and the costs we're paying. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A practical choice for road-trip travelers but one that could have delved a bit more into local history."
A travel guide that's specifically aimed at Americans who want to travel through France by car. Read full book review >
NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Suzy  Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
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A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
SURFING WITH SARTRE by Aaron James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Heidegger as ho-daddy? The approach is unusual, but to fruitful—and entertaining—ends."
I surf, therefore I am: a good-natured exploration of some of the big questions philosophy raises, all while hanging 10. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A readable book that shows how natural disaster spurred scientific inquiry."
A veteran science journalist illuminates the significance of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A guide for laymen written with gusto and assurance."
An enthusiastic account of all the light we cannot see from a science popularizer with a knack for presenting hard facts clearly and stylishly. Read full book review >
THE BETTENCOURT AFFAIR by Tom Sancton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A well-researched, crisply written, and entertaining story of family, greed, wealth, and the complex relations among them."
A juicy chronicle of France's richest scandal. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A thoughtful study of a celebrated natural wonder that has come to truly 'embod[y] American ideals.'"
A sensitive portrait of the iconic national park in terms of the American people's place in it. 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 >