Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

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 >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >
GOOD GRIEF! by Ellen Stimson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Stimson's children will be lucky in having these stories of their lives to pass down through the generations; the rest of us only get to visit for a while, but it's a visit to remember."
The continuing adventures of a family in Vermont. Read full book review >
ARRIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Andreas Wagner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm that delivers knowledge from the inorganic page to our organic brains."
Wagner (Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies/Univ. of Zurich; The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations, 2011, etc.) lucidly explores the natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate and thus evolve.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 >