Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

PACKING UP by Brigid Keenan
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Intimate, funny and keenly observed."
A British memoirist continues the engaging story she began in her best-selling book, Diplomatic Baggage (2005), about her late-midlife experiences as the wife of a career diplomat. Read full book review >
ITALIAN VENICE by R.J.B. Bosworth
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"For students of Italian history, a thorough portrait of the many attempts in the last 300 years to prevent the death of Venice and to survive foreign rule, wars and horrendous poverty."
Since the Risorgimento, Venice has faced many challenges, including an economy reliant on tourism and a population that rejects change. Bosworth (Senior Research Fellow/Jesus Coll., Oxford; Whispering City: Rome and Its Histories, 2011, etc.) shows a city lacking the vibrancy of Renaissance times. Read full book review >

SALT, SWEAT, TEARS by Adam Rackley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"Readers will learn almost as much about long-distance rowing as the author did—without the chapping and blistering."
Rackley's account of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, interspersed with stories of the heroes and casualties who preceded him. Read full book review >
THE DOG STAYS IN THE PICTURE by Susan Morse
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 29, 2014

"A low-key and authentic memoir."
One woman's story of facing domestic changes in midlife with the assistance of an anxious dog. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"The book is not a page-turner, as Bilow offers readers a slow-cooked story, with tenderness and intermingled flavors enriched over time."
Bon Appetit writer Bilow chronicles her time on an organic farm, adding to her resume as a food writer and classically trained chef. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"Imagine a true-life, courtroom version of Heart of Darkness."
Here's a twist: the almost unbelievable tale of a human rights attorney every bit as conscienceless as the multinational he was suing. Read full book review >
SECRET VOICES FROM THE FOREST by Laura J Merrill
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An unusual, fact-filled appreciation of the natural world blended with ventures into mysticism."
In the second installment (Secret Voices: The West, 2012) of her mystical nature series, New Mexico-based author Merrill profiles several varieties of trees found on the North American midcontinent, categorizing them regionally and offering herself as their translator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An uneven but ultimately inspiring personal story of an American mountain biker finding her vocation as an international activist."
An adventurous American mountain biker's journey of self-discovery in Afghanistan. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Alexander's love affair with French, he concludes in this wry and warmhearted memoir, has reaped unexpected rewards."
A charming memoir by a passionate Francophile. Read full book review >
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein."
A best-selling anti-globalization activist and author argues that surviving the climate emergency will require radical changes in how we live. Read full book review >
CARBON SHOCK by Mark Schapiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"In this finely tuned study, Schapiro has some good news: Even the most fitful international negotiations admit that greenhouse gases come with a cost that must be paid."
Environmental journalist Schapiro (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, 2007) investigates the costs of our greenhouse-gas binge from new economic angles and new axes of geopolitical power. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF THIRST by Karen Piper
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Piper's report makes for anxious yet informative reading."
Piper (English and Geography/Univ. of Missouri; Left in the Dust: How Race and Politics Created a Human and Environmental Tragedy in L.A., 2006, etc.) introduces us to a brave new world in which drought is a prime business opportunity. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >