Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

WHAT YOU ARE GETTING WRONG ABOUT APPALACHIA by Elizabeth Catte
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bold refusal to submit to stereotype."
A terse rebuttal to the vision of Appalachia popularized by J.D. Vance's Hillbilly Elegy (2016). Read full book review >
THE ART OF VANISHING by Laura Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A bravely introspective tale of wanderlust and lustful wandering."
One woman investigates the life and mysterious disappearance of the promising free-spirited writer Barbara Follett (1914-1939) while attempting to retain her own sense of freedom within her marriage. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Waste, restoration, and efforts to use a scarce resource wisely: Doyle speaks well to issues that are as pressing today as in the first years of the republic."
A vigorous look at American history through the nation's waterways. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"As the author shows, chasing prosperity is rather different from catching prosperity."
An exploration of contemporary Mozambique, which has one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Read full book review >
THE HEART IS A SHIFTING SEA by Elizabeth Flock
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An eye-opening exploration of how tradition and star-studded dreams shape love in modern India."
Intimate portraits of three marriages reveal family life in Mumbai. Read full book review >

THE SEABIRD'S CRY by Adam Nicolson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A buoyant celebration of seabirds that serves as an important reminder of nature's fragility."
At home on sea, land, and in air, seabirds demonstrate grace, power, and amazing ingenuity. Read full book review >
NORTH ON THE WING by Bruce M. Beehler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Slow going for general readers but a valuable source of information for songbird lovers and dedicated bird-watchers."
A nature-memoir homage to Edwin Way Teale's classic North with the Spring (1951), an account of a 17,000-mile journey following the migration of birds from Florida to New England. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A little goes a long way here. Of interest, though, to students of field science as well as devotees of Gorillas in the Mist."
"Who was this woman who could leave behind so many murder suspects?" So asks one-time apprentice Fowler of Dian Fossey, the renowned and supremely difficult primatologist. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. Read full book review >
THE KINGS OF BIG SPRING by Bryan Mealer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A big, eminently readable story, deftly spun even if with few surprises."
A tale of boom and bust—but mostly bust—in the always-beckoning oil fields of Texas. Read full book review >
BROOKLYN IN LOVE by Amy  Thomas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"For those swept along on the author's culinary high, she has thoughtfully listed the many restaurants in New York, Brooklyn, and Paris mentioned in the text. Many readers, however, will find the overload of information too much."
In her second memoir, creative director and writer Thomas (Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate), 2012) chronicles her new life in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
THE MONK OF MOKHA by Dave Eggers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Eggers gives his hero a lot of thematic baggage to carry, but it is hard to resist the derring-do of the Horatio Alger of Yemenite coffee."
For a son of Yemeni immigrants, the American dream takes the form of reawakening his ancestral homeland to its coffee legacy, the foundation for the industry he hopes to build. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >