Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

CARBON SHOCK by Mark Schapiro
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"In this finely tuned study, Schapiro has some good news: Even the most fitful international negotiations admit that greenhouse gases come with a cost that must be paid."
Environmental journalist Schapiro (Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power, 2007) investigates the costs of our greenhouse-gas binge from new economic angles and new axes of geopolitical power. Read full book review >
THE PRICE OF THIRST by Karen Piper
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 15, 2014

"Piper's report makes for anxious yet informative reading."
Piper (English and Geography/Univ. of Missouri; Left in the Dust: How Race and Politics Created a Human and Environmental Tragedy in L.A., 2006, etc.) introduces us to a brave new world in which drought is a prime business opportunity. Read full book review >

HISTORY
Released: Sept. 10, 2014

"Through compelling and meditative prose, Ackerman delivers top-notch insight on the contemporary human condition."
A shimmering narrative about how the human and natural worlds coexist, coadapt and interactively thrive. Read full book review >
CITY OF LIES by Ramita Navai
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"Navai offers sharply rendered portraits of the bleak situation but does not provide much reason why she, and others she portrays, would ever want to return to Tehran."
A daring exposé of what really goes on under the noses of the morality police in this God-fearing city of 12 million. Read full book review >
THE BIG RATCHET by Ruth DeFries
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"An admirable history of human ingenuity that does not claim it will overcome such looming crises as overpopulation and global warming."
A solid, cheerful scientific account of how humans have dealt with disasters throughout history. Read full book review >

SEEKING THE CAVE by James Lenfestey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A record of travels in search of something the author didn't know he'd lost; well worth the attention of other seekers, as well as fans of Tang poetry."
Amiable wanderings to China's Han-shan in search of both the "cold mountain" and the poet who took his name from that wild place. Read full book review >
ROW FOR FREEDOM by Julia Immonen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"An inspiring story of enduring physical and mental challenges to raise awareness of an important issue."
One woman's story of indomitable courage while rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Read full book review >
UPRIVER by Michael F. Brown
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"An unusual study, elucidating of a people and braced by both self-doubt and honesty."
An anthropologist returns to the indigenous Amazon community of Awajún to observe startling changes since the mid-1970s and examine his own scholarly methodology. Read full book review >
SUSTAINABILITY by Jeremy L. Caradonna
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A provocative treatment of an important subject."
Caradonna (History/Univ. of Alberta; The Enlightenment in Practice: Academic Prize Contests and Intellectual Culture in France, 1670-1794, 2012) contends that our civilization is at a crossroads: Either we will maintain a business-as-usual approach and face inevitable collapse or adopt the path of sustainability. Read full book review >
DODGING EXTINCTION by Anthony D. Barnosky
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"A pragmatic approach to finding workable solutions to a looming crisis."
A paleontologist warns that our planet may be on the verge of a "mass extinction—when more than 75% of the Earth's known species die off in a geological eye blink." This has occurred "five times in the 550 million years that diverse life has occupied Earth." Read full book review >
WILD IDEA by Dan O’Brien
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"There may be plenty of disappointments out on the Plains, but this book is not one of them."
South Dakota novelist and memoirist O'Brien (The Indian Agent, 2004, etc.) delivers a bracing portrait of the pleasures—and considerable pains—of ranch life on the lone prairie. Read full book review >
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT by George Marshall
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Aug. 19, 2014

"An insightful, often discouraging look at why climate control advocates have failed to get their message across and what they should do. Much of Marshall's advice is counterintuitive (e.g., drop the apocalyptic rhetoric), but it rings true."
Readers seeking information on global warming will not find much here, but they would do well to dig into this lively, nonpolemical account of why the average person pays so little attention. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Pierce Brown
author of GOLDEN SON
February 17, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, Pierce Brown’s genre-defying Red Rising hit the ground running. The sequel, Golden Son, continues the saga of Darrow, a rebel battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom. As a Red, Darrow grew up working the mines deep beneath the surface of Mars, enduring backbreaking labor while dreaming of the better future he was building for his descendants. But the Society he faithfully served was built on lies. Darrow’s kind have been betrayed and denied by their elitist masters, the Golds—and their only path to liberation is revolution. “Stirring—and archetypal—stuff,” our reviewer writes. View video >