Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
WHILE THE GODS WERE SLEEPING by Elizabeth Enslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An insider's view of the struggles inherent in any attempt to straddle different cultures."
In her debut, memoirist and anthropologist Enslin writes of her experiences marrying a high-caste Brahman man, giving birth and living with his family on the central plains of Nepal. Read full book review >

NAKED AND MAROONED by Ed Stafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"To be sure, some of Stafford's mental baggage popped open during his latest crazy journey, but his chronicle is, on the whole, entertaining."
Further tales from extreme adventurer Stafford (Walking the Amazon, 2011), European Adventurer of the Year in 2011. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >