Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
TEA & ANTIPATHY by Anita Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A book of modest charms just short enough not to outstay its welcome."
An American family discovers there's no cure for Anglophilia like living in London. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >