Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams' grounded optimism is a refreshing corrective."
The singer/songwriter builds on her decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"An unsettling but highly thought-provoking book."
An exploration of how "there is something presently wrong with how…scientists think about life, its existence, its origins, and its evolution." Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lucid and provocative look at the geopolitics of energy and the shifts and dislocations it is likely to produce."
Remember when the world was running out of oil? The good news is that energy is abundant, at least for the time being. As for the bad news…. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"The book is well-written, but the sexual escapades and personality disorders of the principals take so much space that it degenerates into a gossipy tell-all.
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Guardian dance critic Mackrell (Flappers: Six Women of a Dangerous Generation, 2014, etc.) connects the lives of three unique 20th-century women. Read full book review >
DARWIN'S BACKYARD by James T. Costa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"While casual readers may not be tempted to perform the experiments, the insights Costa provides into Darwin's thinking and his revelations about the great man's working life make this a worthwhile read. A perfect resource for biology teachers."
An instructive and entertaining look at Darwin's "experimentising" and how it can be readily duplicated using mostly simple household tools. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An impressive overview of modern neurology and the still-unanswered issues raised by our treatment of our fellow living creatures."
Berns (Neuroeconomics/Emory Univ.; How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain, 2013, etc.) reveals how his training to be a doctor shaped his life in unexpected ways. Read full book review >
THE RIVIERA SET by Mary S. Lovell
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Lovell packs in as many celebrities as possible, which makes for an entertaining book but not one likely to end up on a reference shelf."
Lovell (The Churchills: In Love and War, 2011, etc.) turns her attention to the French Riviera between the wars and into the 1960s. Read full book review >
GHOST EMPIRE by Richard  Fidler
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Fidler provides a palpable sense of this glittering city built as 'a mirror of heaven.'"
A history/travel guide about the fabled eastern capital of the Romans. Read full book review >
FIRE IN THE HEART by Mary  Emerick
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A moving and bittersweet memoir of a woman's love affair with a unique profession."
An intimate account of what it means to be a female wildland firefighter. Read full book review >
AT THE STRANGERS' GATE by Adam Gopnik
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Not exactly a Horatio Alger story but an engaging tale of a writer finding his way in work and life."
A longtime New Yorker contributor writes about his early years in the city—the 1980s principally—ruminating about art and artists, love and apartments, writing and reading and speaking, and the city that he loves. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"We are losing much biodiversity because of human meddling, writes this contrarian ecologist in his fascinating book. However, 'come back in a million years and we might be looking at several million new species whose existence can be attributed to humans.'"
An optimistic view of nature amid the current environmental crisis. Read full book review >
CROSSINGS by Jon  Kerstetter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"An inspiring memoir that will be highly useful to readers struggling with PTSD and other wartime injuries."
A soldier and physician writes of overcoming wounds visible and invisible upon returning from battle. 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 >