Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
RED NILE by Robert Twigger
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A painstaking work of research and careful observation."
A rich tapestry of Nile lore and legend, stretching from the ancients to the fall of the latest tyrant. Read full book review >

THE BIRDS OF PANDEMONIUM by Michele Raffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A charming memoir about birds and the people who love them."
Raffin recounts how a chance encounter with an injured dove proved to be a life-changing experience. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Entertaining, informative adventures of a woman determined to understand the people of China."
One woman's experiences while living and writing in China. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An entertaining literary and historical romp through the world of dogs."
Wearing two hats as a psychoanalyst and cultural critic, Brottman (Humanistic Studies/Maryland Institute College of Art; Hyena, 2012, etc.) examines the nature of our relationship to our pet dogs.Read full book review >

DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BULLETS by Laura Kasinof
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An action-packed account of the civil war in Yemen from a woman who experienced it firsthand."
How one woman became a war journalist almost by accident. Read full book review >
SAVING SIMON by Jon Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A heartwarming tale of rescue and redemption."
Another chapter in the life of Bedlam Farm. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >
GOOD GRIEF! by Ellen Stimson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Stimson's children will be lucky in having these stories of their lives to pass down through the generations; the rest of us only get to visit for a while, but it's a visit to remember."
The continuing adventures of a family in Vermont. Read full book review >
ARRIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Andreas Wagner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm that delivers knowledge from the inorganic page to our organic brains."
Wagner (Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies/Univ. of Zurich; The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations, 2011, etc.) lucidly explores the natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate and thus evolve.Read full book review >
WHILE THE GODS WERE SLEEPING by Elizabeth Enslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An insider's view of the struggles inherent in any attempt to straddle different cultures."
In her debut, memoirist and anthropologist Enslin writes of her experiences marrying a high-caste Brahman man, giving birth and living with his family on the central plains of Nepal. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Frank Bruni
March 31, 2015

Over the last few decades, Americans have turned college admissions into a terrifying and occasionally devastating process, preceded by test prep, tutors, all sorts of stratagems, all kinds of rankings, and a conviction among too many young people that their futures will be determined and their worth established by which schools say yes and which say no. In Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni explains why, giving students and their parents a new perspective on this brutal, deeply flawed competition and a path out of the anxiety that it provokes. “Written in a lively style but carrying a wallop, this is a book that family and educators cannot afford to overlook as they try to navigate the treacherous waters of college admissions,” our reviewer writes. View video >