Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

THE MODERN SAVAGE by James E. McWilliams
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2015

"While McWilliams offers convincing arguments for animal rights, they are undermined by the extensive quotes, which become tiresome and offer little useful context."
McWilliams (History/Texas State Univ.; The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut, 2013, etc.) takes issue with the locavore movement, which preaches compassionate care of farm animals on nonindustrial farms but slaughters those animals in the end.Read full book review >
TEA & ANTIPATHY by Anita Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2015

"A book of modest charms just short enough not to outstay its welcome."
An American family discovers there's no cure for Anglophilia like living in London. Read full book review >

EVERY SECRET THING by Christopher Bartley
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 18, 2014

"Another solid, entertaining noir thriller from Bartley."
In Bartley's (A Bullet to Dream of, 2014, etc.) latest historical novel, a 1930s gangster with a conscience finds himself tangled up in big small-town mysteries involving murder, drugs and—most dangerous of all—young love.Read full book review >
Journeys of Lightheartedness by Richard Moore
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 17, 2014

"A solid set of reflections on the places that make a life."
In these pleasant travel essays ranging from Patmos to Paris, Moore (How the DNR Stole Wisconsin, 2008) looks for the best in his destinations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"Amusing and candid stories of a rich life lived in the natural world."
Field and Stream editor-at-large Heavey (It's Only Slow Food Until You Try to Eat It: Misadventures of a Suburban Hunter-Gatherer, 2014, etc.) compiles another group of humorous and thought-provoking essays on what it means to be an outdoorsman.Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 9, 2014

"For readers with a strong interest in environmental and public health and food safety policy, this may be one of the most important books of the year."
A thorough examination of industrial chemicals in our food chain by an acclaimed French journalist and documentary filmmaker. Read full book review >
WHY DID THE CHICKEN CROSS THE WORLD? by Andrew Lawler
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Dec. 2, 2014

"A splendid book full of obsessive travel and research in history, mythology, archaeology, biology, literature and religion."
The title tells all in this comprehensive account of how an anti-social south Asian fowl became the world's favorite food. Read full book review >
THE LAST BEACH by Orrin H. Pilkey
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 21, 2014

"The authors deliver a message to be heeded: 'We must view the beach as a sacred and resilient yet strangely fragile natural environment to be protected at all costs.'"
A clarion call for a change of policy that prioritizes the preservation of beaches over property rights. Read full book review >
THE CARRY HOME by Gary Ferguson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A sprawling, lovely, nourishing tonic for all those who dip into it."
A eulogy to the too-early passing of the author's mate and a chronicle of the "[f]ive treks to five unshackled landscapes" to scatter her ashes. Read full book review >
WHO KNOWS TOMORROW by Lisa Lovatt-Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Lovatt-Smith is understandably proud of her accomplishments with OAfrica, but a bit more humility would have benefitted this memoir."
When a Vogue editor trades designer photo shoots for community development, the steep learning curve makes rich material for this memoir. Read full book review >
A COUNTRY CALLED CHILDHOOD by Jay Griffiths
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"A provocative critique of modern society."
Griffiths (Wild: An Elemental Journey, 2006, etc.) focuses on the lives of children in her continued exploration of the role of nature in giving meaning to our lives. Read full book review >
SEX ON EARTH by Jules Howard
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 11, 2014

"Howard demonstrates that there is much to appreciate about the rites and rituals that govern the when, where and how of species perpetuation."
Not everything you wanted to know about sex, but a fair compendium of the varieties of sexual behavior exhibited by all creatures, great and small. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nelson DeMille
author of RADIANT ANGEL
May 26, 2015

After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, in Nelson DeMille’s latest suspense novel Radiant Angel, NYPD detective John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG-surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission-is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy to be out from under the thumb of the FBI and free from the bureaucracy of office life. But Corey realizes something the U.S. government doesn't: The all-too-real threat of a newly resurgent Russia. “Perfect summer beach reading, with or without margaritas, full of Glock-and-boat action,” our reviewer writes. View video >