Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

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 >
AFTER NATURE by Jedediah Purdy
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A profound vision of post-humanistic ethics."
Purdy (Law/Duke Univ.; A Tolerable Anarchy: Rebels, Reactionaries, and the Making of American Freedom, 2009, etc.) examines the growing awareness of the relationship between humans and other species, which could create "a Copernican revolution in ethical imagination." Read full book review >
A BEGINNER'S GUIDE TO PARADISE by Alex Sheshunoff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"A sincerely funny debut memoir extolling the benefits of spontaneous escape and personal reflection."
A crestfallen 20-something techie leaves everything behind for a new life on a tropical island. Read full book review >
Paris by Amal Kharbichi
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 27, 2015

"Insider travel information from an erudite author."
A guide to traveling in Paris by a debut author and self-proclaimed "citizen of the world." Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"A guide to museums where the original fossils or high-quality reproductions are housed and more than 150 illustrations accompany Prothero's lively account of the science and politics that shaped the rich history of these discoveries."
How the discoveries of 25 fossils provide links in the chain of evolution that confirm Charles Darwin's primary thesis. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 25, 2015

"Promising prescriptions to five of India's baneful environmental cases—right thinking and accusatory in all the right places."
Journalist Subramanian examines a handful of environmental woes besetting India, along with hopeful remedies. 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 >