Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

THE BATTLE FOR PARADISE by Jeremy Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An informative and well-documented story for readers interested in the intersection of business and ecology."
How a group of surfers and Central American villagers banded together to fight a multinational company and save an environmentally fragile stretch of Costa Rican shoreline. Read full book review >
Cycling the Mekong by Gerry Daly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2015

"A useful, attractive travel guide and memoir recommended for anyone curious about Southeast Asia."
In this photo-rich debut memoir, an urban planner recalls bicycling through Southeast Asia, his camera in tow. Read full book review >

DEEP SOUTH by Paul Theroux
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"An epically compelling travel memoir."
An acclaimed travel writer and novelist's engrossing account of his journey through the Deep South. Read full book review >
THE DOG WALKER by Joshua Stephens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"A thoughtful, odd, amusing (albeit occasionally precious) fusion of memoir, career guide, and anarchist screed with built-in appeal for millennials."
A snarky idealist's journey to maturity through pet care. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 24, 2015

"A firm response to currently accepted dog-training methods."
A convincing guide for dog owners as well as a memoir of instructive adventures set in nature. Read full book review >

THE POINT OF VANISHING by Howard Axelrod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 22, 2015

"A vibrant, honest, and poetic account of how two years of solitude surrounded by nature changed a man forever."
How losing eyesight in one eye made a man see more clearly. Read full book review >
ONCE IN A GREAT CITY by David Maraniss
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An illuminating history of a golden era in a city desperately seeking to reclaim the glory."
Hot times in a raucous city. Read full book review >
ROAD TRIP by Mark Rozema
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A brief but impressive debut collection."
A series of essays delicately evoking nature's power and mystery. Read full book review >
CAT IS ART SPELLED WRONG by Caroline Casey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Cat lovers will adore these creative reflections on the frivolity and the necessity of pets and the Web videos many believe to be 'the ice cream of moving imagery.'"
A collection of essays centered on the ubiquitous viral cat videos on the Internet. Read full book review >
LET THERE BE WATER by Seth M. Siegel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A major contribution to this hotly debated issue and to broader questions of environmental policy.
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An in-depth report on how Israel has combined technological innovation with conservation to achieve a water surplus at home and become a world leader in water management. Read full book review >
Mountain Mantras by Kathryn Kemp Guylay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An intriguing life story effectively mixed with sports metaphor to provide useful wellness/life advice."
A founder of a nonprofit shares the guiding life principles that she discovered while learning how to ski as an adult in this debut memoir/self-help guide. Read full book review >
Sign Posting Australia by Kaye Parker
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"Resembles a personal scrapbook; still, it may whet the would-be tourist's appetite for exploring Australia."
Parker's (See with Your Heart: Thoughts, 1996, etc.) photographic tour of a road trip she took around her native Australia. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >