Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

BESPOTTED by Linda Gray Sexton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A heartfelt testimony about the importance of dogs, especially Dalmatians, in one woman's life."
The story of the Dalmatians that filled a woman's life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The edifying, colorful adventures of headhunters captured in America by a sideshow rascal."
This bright story of a shameless huckster evokes a unique bit of Americana at the turn of the 20th century, when the nation dabbled in empire-building and the display of human beings as objects of curiosity was a staple of show business. Read full book review >

Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! by Laurie McAndish King
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive."
A collection of tales about the author's exotic travels and culinary adventures. Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Engaging accounts of dogs working in war zones and aiding their handlers despite the imminent dangers."
Stories of dogs and their human handlers on the front lines of war. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An engaged and engaging examination of 'what current science allows us to say (or does not) about Sandy's relation to human-induced climate change.'"
Sobel (Environmental Sciences and Applied Physics and Mathematics/Columbia Univ.) grapples with the "complex questions involving science, engineering, politics, and human psychology" that arose in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Read full book review >

ALONE IN ANTARCTICA by Felicity Aston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A quick-reading account of a spectacular and appalling journey."
Chronicle of an adventurer's attempts at a solo, transcontinental Antarctic ski journey. Read full book review >
RED NILE by Robert Twigger
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A painstaking work of research and careful observation."
A rich tapestry of Nile lore and legend, stretching from the ancients to the fall of the latest tyrant. Read full book review >
THE BIRDS OF PANDEMONIUM by Michele Raffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A charming memoir about birds and the people who love them."
Raffin recounts how a chance encounter with an injured dove proved to be a life-changing experience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Entertaining, informative adventures of a woman determined to understand the people of China."
One woman's experiences while living and writing in China. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An entertaining literary and historical romp through the world of dogs."
Wearing two hats as a psychoanalyst and cultural critic, Brottman (Humanistic Studies/Maryland Institute College of Art; Hyena, 2012, etc.) examines the nature of our relationship to our pet dogs.Read full book review >
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BULLETS by Laura Kasinof
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An action-packed account of the civil war in Yemen from a woman who experienced it firsthand."
How one woman became a war journalist almost by accident. Read full book review >
SAVING SIMON by Jon Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A heartwarming tale of rescue and redemption."
Another chapter in the life of Bedlam Farm. 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 >