Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

MIDNIGHT IN SIBERIA by David Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Glowing in its profound affection for the Russian people, an affection Greene convinces readers to share."
A former Russia correspondent for NPR ends his gig by taking a train across Siberia, generating new experiences and remembering earlier ones. Read full book review >
ANGELS BY THE RIVER by James Gustave Speth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2014

"Both a personal account of a long career dedicated to the environment and a fervent plea for major reform."
How a mainstream environmental adviser to two U.S. presidents became a radical activist arrested for chaining himself to a fence outside the White House. Read full book review >

SUPERSTORM by Kathryn Miles
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 16, 2014

"A rogue storm dazzlingly caught in all its unprecedented bizarreness."
The strange and devastating life of Hurricane Sandy receives a fine, grim telling from Miles (English/Chatham Univ.; All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, The Legendary Irish Famine Ship, 2013, etc.).Read full book review >
A HISTORY OF LIFE IN 100 FOSSILS by Paul D. Taylor
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Despite the terrific photographs, the avalanche of information in the text may overwhelm beginners, who should read a genuine history of evolution—e.g., Richard Fortey's Life (1998)—before dipping into this treasure trove."
Not a history of life as much as a picture book with 100 beautiful photographs of fossils, each accompanied by a pagelong essay on its role in evolution. Read full book review >
FAR AND NEAR by Neil Peart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Far less scandalous than 'rock drummer writes book' might suggest but far more interesting, too."
Recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Rush lyricist/drummer extraordinaire returns with another collection of essays about life on the road, the pleasures (and perils) of the journey and lessons learned along the way. Read full book review >

ZOOLOGIES by Alison Hawthorne Deming
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Eloquent, sensitive and astute."
An award-winning essayist and poet contemplates the disappearance of the Earth's creatures and asks, "[w]hat do animals mean to the contemporary imagination?" Read full book review >
BESPOTTED by Linda Gray Sexton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"A heartfelt testimony about the importance of dogs, especially Dalmatians, in one woman's life."
The story of the Dalmatians that filled a woman's life. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"The edifying, colorful adventures of headhunters captured in America by a sideshow rascal."
This bright story of a shameless huckster evokes a unique bit of Americana at the turn of the 20th century, when the nation dabbled in empire-building and the display of human beings as objects of curiosity was a staple of show business. Read full book review >
Lost, Kidnapped, Eaten Alive! by Laurie McAndish King
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An engaging, meticulously observed journey that brings other cultures alive."
A collection of tales about the author's exotic travels and culinary adventures. Read full book review >
WAR DOGS by Rebecca Frankel
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"Engaging accounts of dogs working in war zones and aiding their handlers despite the imminent dangers."
Stories of dogs and their human handlers on the front lines of war. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 14, 2014

"An engaged and engaging examination of 'what current science allows us to say (or does not) about Sandy's relation to human-induced climate change.'"
Sobel (Environmental Sciences and Applied Physics and Mathematics/Columbia Univ.) grapples with the "complex questions involving science, engineering, politics, and human psychology" that arose in Hurricane Sandy's wake. Read full book review >
ALONE IN ANTARCTICA by Felicity Aston
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A quick-reading account of a spectacular and appalling journey."
Chronicle of an adventurer's attempts at a solo, transcontinental Antarctic ski journey. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >