Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

SO, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN NATIVE? by Alexis C. Bunten
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2015

"This 'Tour Guide Confidential' just doesn't have quite the same zest as other memoirs of this nature."
A memoir about working as a cultural tour guide in rural Alaska. Read full book review >
CLIMATE SHOCK by Gernot Wagner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 1, 2015

"Specialized and a touch rarified but useful for policy workers in helping shape dollars-and-cents arguments about the environment and global climate."
"Most everything we know tells us climate change is bad. Most everything we don't know tells us it's probably much worse." So observe Environmental Defense Fund economist Wagner (But Will the Planet Notice?: How Smart Economics Can Save the World, 2011, etc.) and Weitzman (Economics/Harvard Univ.; Income, Wealth, and the Maximum Principle, 2003, etc.) in this dismal-science look at a very dismal subject indeed.Read full book review >

DISCONTENT AND ITS CIVILIZATIONS by Mohsin Hamid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 24, 2015

"Passion and hope infuse Hamid's most incisive dispatches."
An acclaimed novelist reports on peril, war and peace. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"A work of enormous heart as well as research."
A satisfying, elegant personal journey in China's fabled Northeast. Read full book review >
TEN MILLION ALIENS by Simon Barnes
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 17, 2015

"Barnes' tour of life is entertaining and informative, though it doesn't hold a candle to the likes of Ackerman, Durrell and Attenborough."
British sportswriter Barnes (The Meaning of Sport, 2005, etc.) takes a stretch to write about the 10 million species, more or less, that share the world with humankind.Read full book review >

MEET ME IN VENICE by Suzanne Ma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"A genial, informative chronicle of the hopes and dreams of a Chinese immigrant."
A Chinese teenager's saga immigrating from Eastern China to Italy. Read full book review >
ALL THE WRONG PLACES by Philip Connors
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2015

"Unlike other, neater narratives of being lost and found, Connors' story—told with harrowing insight and fierce prose—is messy and incomplete and makes no apologies for being anything but."
Connors (Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout, 2012) reflects candidly on the years he spent unmoored after a family tragedy; he continuously found himself in places he felt apart from.Read full book review >
Travel Every Day by John Ennis
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 11, 2015

"Sincerely written and full of sage advice—an astute guidebook for first-time travelers and people stuck in a rut."
Drawing on the author's experiences as a seasoned traveler, this handy guidebook helps people with stagnant lives enrich themselves abroad. Read full book review >
WIDE-OPEN WORLD by John Marshall
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A great armchair adventure that should inspire others to consider voluntourism as a way to help others and see the world."
One family's adventures volunteering in foreign countries. Read full book review >
GRANADA by Steven Nightingale
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A romantic, at times overly sentimental homage to a city 'perfected by catastrophe' and transformed into a place of 'concentrated joy.'"
Poet and novelist Nightingale (The Wings of What You Say, 2013, etc.) makes his nonfiction debut in this rhapsodic paean to the Spanish city, where he, his wife and young daughter now live part of each year.
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THE BEAUTIFUL UNSEEN by Kyle Boelte
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"In this occasionally overwrought but often moving memoir, Boelte ends with a different perspective than when he started."
An extended meditation on fog, perception, memory and mortality. Read full book review >
PEAKS ON THE HORIZON by Charlie Carroll
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 10, 2015

"A gripping, enlightening journey."
An English traveler examines the occupation of Tibet firsthand while crossing paths with a Tibetan refugee whose life exemplifies that conflict. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Sabaa Tahir
August 4, 2015

Sabaa Tahir’s novel An Ember in the Ashes reveals a world inspired by ancient Rome and defined by brutality. Seventeen-year-old Laia has grown up with one rule for survival: Never challenge the Empire. But when Laia’s brother Darin is arrested for treason, she leaves behind everything she knows, risking her life to try and save him. She enlists help from the rebels whose extensive underground network may lead to Darin. Their help comes with a price, though. Laia must infiltrate the Empire’s greatest military academy as a spy. Elias is the Empire’s finest soldier—and its most unwilling one. Thrown together by chance and united by their hatred of the Empire, Laia and Elias will soon discover that their fates are intertwined—and that their choices may change the destiny of the entire Empire. We talk to An Ember in the Ashes author Sabaa Tahir this week on Kirkus TV. View video >