Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

Released: April 10, 2018

"Earnest, thoughtful, and alarming in places—an optimistic work that urges America toward a profound cultural shift."
Woody Guthrie was singing a truth that we've allowed to sicken and nearly die; it's time to nurse it back to health. Read full book review >
THE PLANT MESSIAH by Carlos Magdalena
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"Magdalena's excitement about plants and their propagation is contagious, and even those lacking green thumbs should be fascinated by his travels and adventures in science."
The Tropical Senior Botanical Horticulturist at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London, records with enthusiasm his attempts to rescue as many plants as possible from extinction. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A fervent, anecdotal memoir infused with heart, compassion, and a natural love for animals on every page."
Affecting dispatches from the life of an animal doctor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2018

"A captivating narrative guidebook that will inspire readers to test their own limits, on the trail and off."
An instructive exploration of endurance, in sports and in life, from a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year. Read full book review >
THE WINTER OF ’79 by Atwood Cutting
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 6, 2018

"An intriguing, sometimes-thrilling account of remote Alaskan life in 1979."
A writer recounts a particularly difficult year for her parents homesteading in the Alaskan wilderness in this memoir. Read full book review >

THE YEAR OF NO SUMMER by Rachel Lebowitz
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 3, 2018

"Disparate musings cohere into a lyrical meditation on violence, disaster, and humanity's yearning for solace."
In 1815, a volcanic eruption caused a year of devastation. Here is a vivid, disquieting collage of prose pieces that swirl around that one cataclysmic event. Read full book review >
RITZ AND ESCOFFIER by Luke Barr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A well-researched, glitzy, and flawed history of conspicuous consumption."
A new perspective on the rise of the leisure class. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW ARCTIC by Mark C. Serreze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An alarming, evidence-based book by a scientist who is not by nature an alarmist."
Documenting the connection between unprecedented ice-melting in the Arctic and climate change throughout the world. Read full book review >
CLIENT EARTH by James Thornton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"Anyone with an interest in environmental activism and environmental law will take pleasure in this vigorous account of justice in the making."
Give a hoot, don't pollute—and sue anyone who does. Read full book review >
NO WAY HOME by Tyler Wetherall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A compassionate memoir of self-discovery."
A British-American journalist's account of growing up the daughter of a fugitive father. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM by Brantley Hargrove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enthralling profile of a storm enthusiast and adrenaline junkie who took his intense interest to extreme measures."
An adroit biography of a thrill-seeking storm chaser. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"A solid overview of a nation much in world news and of economic trends that will have significant effects in the global marketplace in years to come."
Tracing the conjoined realms of dynastic politics and international commerce in the history of Saudi Arabia. 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 >