Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

ROAD TRIP by Mark Rozema
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A brief but impressive debut collection."
A series of essays delicately evoking nature's power and mystery. Read full book review >
CAT IS ART SPELLED WRONG by Caroline Casey
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"Cat lovers will adore these creative reflections on the frivolity and the necessity of pets and the Web videos many believe to be 'the ice cream of moving imagery.'"
A collection of essays centered on the ubiquitous viral cat videos on the Internet. Read full book review >

LET THERE BE WATER by Seth M. Siegel
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"A major contribution to this hotly debated issue and to broader questions of environmental policy.
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An in-depth report on how Israel has combined technological innovation with conservation to achieve a water surplus at home and become a world leader in water management. Read full book review >
Mountain Mantras by Kathryn Kemp Guylay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2015

"An intriguing life story effectively mixed with sports metaphor to provide useful wellness/life advice."
A founder of a nonprofit shares the guiding life principles that she discovered while learning how to ski as an adult in this debut memoir/self-help guide. Read full book review >
Sign Posting Australia by Kaye Parker
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 10, 2015

"Resembles a personal scrapbook; still, it may whet the would-be tourist's appetite for exploring Australia."
Parker's (See with Your Heart: Thoughts, 1996, etc.) photographic tour of a road trip she took around her native Australia. Read full book review >

SOUTH TOWARD HOME by Margaret Eby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Eby brings fine sensibility to her readings of all her subjects' works and, in polished prose, offers a fresh look at their lives and literary legacies."
Seeking the heart of Southern writing. Read full book review >
OCEAN COUNTRY by Liz Cunningham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A moving testament to the human spirit."
A complex narrative of how journalist Cunningham (Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age, 1995) overcame despair through her conservation efforts.Read full book review >
HARNESS THE SUN by Philip Warburg
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A clear and persuasive report that is not so much electrifying as smoothly edifying."
For the future of green energy, the forecast is sunny. That's the message in this manual on the present state of solar energy. Read full book review >
THE INVENTION OF NATURE by Andrea Wulf
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"Humboldt was the Einstein of the 19th century but far more widely read, and Wulf successfully combines a biography with an intoxicating history of his times."
Engrossing biography of "a visionary, a thinker far ahead of his time," who "revolutionized the way we see the natural world." Read full book review >
GIRL IN THE WOODS by Aspen Matis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A memoir of self-discovery by a young writer who still has more work to do."
Finding redemption after trauma. Read full book review >
STREET SMART by Samuel I. Schwartz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 8, 2015

"A readable and provocative book making the convincing claim that the best city is one in which people can move around easily."
How to fix our transportation nightmare? Former New York City traffic commissioner Schwarz ventures some ideas—and while many are oddly counterintuitive, they just might work. Read full book review >
WRITING ACROSS THE LANDSCAPE by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 7, 2015

"The artistic intensity of life suffuses this epic memoir spanning the 'interior monologues' of a gifted American artist."
Six glorious decades in the life of an iconic artist, poet, and self-described philosophical anarchist. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Michael Eric Dyson
February 2, 2016

In Michael Eric Dyson’s rich and nuanced book new book, The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America, Dyson writes with passion and understanding about Barack Obama’s “sad and disappointing” performance regarding race and black concerns in his two terms in office. While race has defined his tenure, Obama has been “reluctant to take charge” and speak out candidly about the nation’s racial woes, determined to remain “not a black leader but a leader who is black.” Dyson cogently examines Obama’s speeches and statements on race, from his first presidential campaign through recent events—e.g., the Ferguson riots and the eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney in Charleston—noting that the president is careful not to raise the ire of whites and often chastises blacks for their moral failings. At his best, he spoke with “special urgency for black Americans” during the Ferguson crisis and was “at his blackest,” breaking free of constraints, in his “Amazing Grace” Charleston eulogy. Dyson writes here as a realistic, sometimes-angry supporter of the president. View video >