Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

ARE WE SMART ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW SMART ANIMALS ARE? by Frans de Waal
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 25, 2016

"After this edifying book, a trip to the zoo may never be the same."
Intrigued by the search for intelligent life? No need for space travel—it's happening right here on Earth, and the results are amazing. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A chilling portrait of a country under siege and one man's defiance."
The tale of a devoted collector of manuscripts who outwitted militant jihadis. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"A well-documented, brave, and useful overview."
A journey through the Middle East in the post-Arab Spring landscape. Read full book review >
ONLY IN NAPLES by Katherine Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"An exuberant account of love and great Italian food."
An American woman falls in love with an Italian man, his ebullient family, and a vibrant city. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"An interesting and promising premise turns ponderous and occasionally preachy as the author narrates his cross-country trek."
One man's journey hiking the then-proposed path of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, from the Alberta tar sands of Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Read full book review >

CONNECTOGRAPHY by Parag Khanna
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 19, 2016

"A consistently interesting, almost wholly persuasive vision of a future in which flow prevails over friction, where globalization's new 'scale, depth, and intensity' reshape the map we thought we knew."
Global strategist Khanna (Asia and Globalization/National Univ. of Singapore; How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, 2011, etc.) analyzes the new world of global connectivity.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Between the dizzying sums lost and gained, Zacks offers a rollicking history perfect for Twain's countless fans."
An amusing, singular account of the world tour by the nation's most famous humorist, chased by creditors. Read full book review >
PANIC AT THE PUMP by Meg Jacobs
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: April 19, 2016

"A readable and neatly paced examination of recent history that sheds light on even more recent events."
Political economist Jacobs (Woodrow Wilson Center/Princeton Univ.; Pocketbook Politics: Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America, 2005, etc.) considers the effects of the 1970s OPEC embargoes on subsequent politics.Read full book review >
GREENPEACE CAPTAIN by Ronald B. Weiss
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Far from exemplary as a memoir, but Willcox raises important environmental awareness and celebrates Greenpeace exploits, which should inspire like-minded activists."
Capt. Willcox recounts his environmental adventures at sea in this folksy memoir. Read full book review >
FAR AND AWAY by Andrew Solomon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 2016

"Agile, informative, even revelatory pieces that, together, show us both the great variety of humanity and the interior of a gifted writer's heart."
A veteran journalist and travel writer collects pieces dating back to the late 1980s. Read full book review >
BRILLIANT BEACONS by Eric Jay Dolin
HISTORY
Released: April 18, 2016

"A delightful journey with excellent sketches, renderings, and resources for museums and organizations."
A fine history of lighthouses, "among the most beloved and romanticized structures in the American landscape." Read full book review >
THE CALIFORNIA CURRENT by Stan Ulanski
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 18, 2016

"An informative exploration of the many issues facing a significant ecosystem."
A comprehensive overview of the fecundity and diversity of the Pacific coastal waters stretching from British Columbia to Mexico. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jeff Chang
September 20, 2016

In the provocative essays in journalist Jeff Chang’s new book We Gon’ Be Alright, Chang takes an incisive and wide-ranging look at the recent tragedies and widespread protests that have shaken the country. Through deep reporting with key activists and thinkers, personal writing, and cultural criticism, We Gon’ Be Alright links #BlackLivesMatter to #OscarsSoWhite, Ferguson to Washington D.C., the Great Migration to resurgent nativism. Chang explores the rise and fall of the idea of “diversity,” the roots of student protest, changing ideas about Asian Americanness, and the impact of a century of racial separation in housing. “He implores readers to listen, act, and become involved with today’s activists, who offer ‘new ways to see our past and our present,’ ” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “A compelling and intellectually thought-provoking exploration of the quagmire of race relations.” View video >