Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Earnest and well-meaning but unlikely to sway climate deniers, Monsanto lobbyists, and others in need of convincing."
An environmental scolding by climate activist Stephenson. Read full book review >
SIDEWALKING by David L. Ulin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Those who know the city will have the advantage, but Ulin casts his net widely, so most readers will enjoy his observations of Los Angeles in literary and popular art as well as his thoughtful personal views."
Writers love New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. They do not ignore Los Angeles, but love is often in short supply, writes book critic and former Los Angeles Times book editor Ulin (The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time, 2010, etc.) in this mostly affectionate, rambling exploration of his adopted city. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An unabashedly sentimental and affecting portrait of a modern-day animal-loving hero."
One man's dedicated mission to rescue death-row dogs across the country. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"Serious readers will delight in these pages."
An unusually rewarding meditation on how a wild mushroom can help us see the world's ruined condition after the advent of modern capitalism. Read full book review >
THE DEAD LADIES PROJECT by Jessa Crispin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2015

"An eloquently thought-provoking memoir."
Bookslut founder and editor Crispin's account of how she set off in search of meaning by following in the footsteps of dead writers, artists, and composers. Read full book review >

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 >
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 >