Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

NOTES ON A FOREIGN COUNTRY by Suzy  Hansen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A mostly illuminating literary debut that shows how Americans' ignorance about the world has made turmoil and terrorism possible.
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A journalist questions the notion of American exceptionalism. Read full book review >
SURFING WITH SARTRE by Aaron James
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"Heidegger as ho-daddy? The approach is unusual, but to fruitful—and entertaining—ends."
I surf, therefore I am: a good-natured exploration of some of the big questions philosophy raises, all while hanging 10. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A readable book that shows how natural disaster spurred scientific inquiry."
A veteran science journalist illuminates the significance of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A guide for laymen written with gusto and assurance."
An enthusiastic account of all the light we cannot see from a science popularizer with a knack for presenting hard facts clearly and stylishly. Read full book review >
THE BETTENCOURT AFFAIR by Tom Sancton
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A well-researched, crisply written, and entertaining story of family, greed, wealth, and the complex relations among them."
A juicy chronicle of France's richest scandal. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A thoughtful study of a celebrated natural wonder that has come to truly 'embod[y] American ideals.'"
A sensitive portrait of the iconic national park in terms of the American people's place in it. Read full book review >
IMPROBABLE DESTINIES by Jonathan B.  Losos
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A cheerful, delightfully lucid primer on evolution and the predictive possibilities within the field."
A fresh take on evolution and how "we can study [it] as it occurs, right before our eyes." Read full book review >
BONES by Joe Tone
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A suspenseful story as well as a fascinating depiction of the mechanics of money laundering, the largely unfamiliar world of quarter horse racing, and the dynamics of an extended family, the book draws readers into the complexities of life at the border."
A deep dive into the world of the Mexican drug cartels and their unexpected relationship with quarter horse breeding and racing in the southwestern United States. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENVIRONMENTALIST AND OTHER ESSAYS by Paul Kingsnorth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"On the whole, a hard-hitting collection that shows why we need new stories to revise our perceptions of civilization, progress, and nature."
A fervent plea to respond creatively and personally to environmental destruction. Read full book review >
THE SKY BELOW by Scott  Parazynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A genial, readable account of mountain climbing, spaceship travel, and other adventures."
A memoir from an astronaut whom Homer Hickam calls "a wonder, a fellow who has packed in more exploits in his lifetime than most of us can imagine." Read full book review >
VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Of great interest to policy wonks and would-be political analysts, perhaps less so for general readers."
Why we should heed the warnings of qualified experts and how the failure to do so in the past has led to avoidable disasters. 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 >