Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

LIFE AT SEA by Monique Layton
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2017

"An eccentric but enthralling look at the human conquest of the sea."
A wide-ranging account of the history of seafaring that incorporates economic, political, and sociological commentary. Read full book review >
AT THE END OF THE WORLD by Lawrence Millman
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 17, 2017

"Even those who find the jeremiad too strident should be impressed with the manner by which Millman connects the dots."
A true-crime account of an Arctic mass murder in the 1940s blends subtly with a prophecy about the dangers of cyberaddiction. Read full book review >

THE UNSETTLERS by Mark Sundeen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Provocative reading for anyone who has ever yearned for a life of radical simplicity."
Bright update on the perennial back-to-the-land movement. Read full book review >
THE CYCLIST WHO WENT OUT IN THE COLD by Tim Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"An enjoyable account of an amazing human accomplishment."
A gung-ho English cyclist tackles the Iron Curtain Trail, aka the Euro Velo 13. Read full book review >
BRING BACK THE KING by Helen Pilcher
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A unique perspective on our responsibility to preserve the chain of being of which we are only a part."
An intriguing look at the possibilities of bringing the passenger pigeon and other currently extinct species back to life. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2017

"A concise primer to the science and politics of climate change."
An admirably evenhanded appraisal of the challenges posed by climate change and the political solutions available. Read full book review >
EXPECT GREAT THINGS by Kevin Dann
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Thoreau emerges from this admiring portrait as a man richly connected to the cosmos."
A sympathetic biography of the famed 19th-century transcendentalist. Read full book review >
BIRDS ART LIFE by Kyo Maclear
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Writers and others will find inspiration in the advice to stop and hear the birds."
A meditation on freedom and confinement and the creative tension between the two. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Couch potatoes take warning: the experiences described in this testimonial are often tough to read about, and the conclusions, while sometimes convincing, might best be taken with a touch of skepticism."
On the heels of the paleo diet comes a new claim: taking on the physical challenges of the environment faced by our prehistoric ancestors can undo what easy calories and effortless comfort have done to our bodies—made them fat, lazy, and weak. Read full book review >
THE LOST CITY OF THE MONKEY GOD by Douglas Preston
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary—trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner."
"Once again I had the strong feeling, when flying into the valley, that I was leaving the twenty-first century entirely": another perilous Preston (The Kraken Project, 2014, etc.) prestidigitation. Read full book review >
THE DRUG HUNTERS by Donald R. Kirsch
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Highly informative and accessible for general readers."
Biopharmaceutical consultant Kirsch debuts with a popular account of the search for new drugs, from prehistory through the rise of big pharma. Read full book review >
THE FLOOD YEAR 1927 by Susan Scott Parrish
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"As a cubist might, Parrish paints a multifaceted portrait of catastrophe: sometimes puzzling, often surprising, and wholly original."
A scholar's cross-disciplinary look back at the little-remembered greatest natural disaster in American history. 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 >