Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

LENTIL UNDERGROUND by Liz Carlisle
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Feb. 1, 2015

"A nimble story about how one man's revolutionary ideas changed the way we eat."
Former country music singer/songwriter and newly minted geography doctorate student Carlisle unearths the secret history of a rogue posse of organic farmers operating deep in rural Montana. Read full book review >
THE ITALIANS by John Hooper
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 29, 2015

"A thoroughly researched, well-written, ageless narrative of a fascinating people."
A compact but comprehensive study of the people of Italy. Read full book review >

LEAVING BEFORE THE RAINS COME by Alexandra Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller's talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing."
Fuller (Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness, 2012, etc.) resumes her memories of growing up in Africa in this wry, forthright and captivating memoir.Read full book review >
DIRTY CHICK by Antonia Murphy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 22, 2015

"Warm, funny and touching."
An "artsy San Francisco dilettante" tells the story of how she traded her urban existence for a life of "chasing cows…and executing chickens" in rural New Zealand. Read full book review >
A FIFTY-YEAR SILENCE by Miranda Richmond Mouillot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A moving family history researched with dedication and completed with a granddaughter's love."
Unearthing her grandparents' mysterious 50-year estrangement forms the foundation for translator and editor Mouillot's memoir. Read full book review >

RIO by Orde Morton
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 20, 2015

"A meticulously researched guide to one of the world's most famous cities."
Sweeping history of Rio de Janeiro that captures both its uniqueness and tumult. Read full book review >
WHERE THE DEAD PAUSE, AND THE JAPANESE SAY GOODBYE by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 19, 2015

"Mockett, who speaks Japanese (though not perfectly), is an observant and respectful guide to Japanese customs, open to new experiences and sensitive to changes in the culture. If she sometimes rambles on or wanders off, the trip is still worth it."
A journey through Japanese culture and religion by a Japanese-American woman grieving for her dead father and concerned that she will be unable to pass on her heritage to her young son. Read full book review >
THE GLOW OF PARIS by Gary Zuercher
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 15, 2015

"A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing lore."
Pictures of Seine River bridges frame nighttime views of the French capital in this striking coffee-table collection of photographs. Read full book review >
FOUR FIELDS by Tim Dee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Lyrical and thought-provoking but sometimes convoluted."
A BBC radio producer and nature writer visits four fields in England, Zambia, the Ukraine and the United States to reflect on humanity's uneasy relationship with both nature and itself. Read full book review >
THE AGE OF CONSEQUENCES by Courtney White
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 13, 2015

"Though White presents no earth-shattering revelations (or solutions), readers will be engaged by his frank and thoughtful discussion of our modern environment."
A series of essays that explore some of the most pressing environmental challenges we face today and optimistically suggest some solutions. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"A telling inside view of 20 years in international tiger conservation work, including the successes, failures and the work that is still required."
Conservation consultant Mills examines the failure of conservationists to stop the commodification and farming of endangered tigers. Read full book review >
THE MODERN SAVAGE by James E. McWilliams
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While McWilliams offers convincing arguments for animal rights, they are undermined by the extensive quotes, which become tiresome and offer little useful context."
McWilliams (History/Texas State Univ.; The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut, 2013, etc.) takes issue with the locavore movement, which preaches compassionate care of farm animals on nonindustrial farms but slaughters those animals in the end.Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >