Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

SECRET VOICES FROM THE FOREST by Laura J Merrill
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 23, 2014

"An unusual, fact-filled appreciation of the natural world blended with ventures into mysticism."
In the second installment (Secret Voices: The West, 2012) of her mystical nature series, New Mexico-based author Merrill profiles several varieties of trees found on the North American midcontinent, categorizing them regionally and offering herself as their translator. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"An uneven but ultimately inspiring personal story of an American mountain biker finding her vocation as an international activist."
An adventurous American mountain biker's journey of self-discovery in Afghanistan. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"Alexander's love affair with French, he concludes in this wry and warmhearted memoir, has reaped unexpected rewards."
A charming memoir by a passionate Francophile. Read full book review >
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING by Naomi Klein
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 16, 2014

"A sharp analysis that is bound to be widely discussed, with all the usual suspects, depending on their politics, lining up to cheer or excoriate Klein."
A best-selling anti-globalization activist and author argues that surviving the climate emergency will require radical changes in how we live. Read full book review >
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 >
Kirkus Interview
Gabrielle Zevin
March 3, 2015

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. He lives alone, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. But when a mysterious package appears at the bookstore, its unexpected arrival gives Fikry the chance to make his life over—and see everything anew. “Zevin writes characters who grow and prosper,” our reviewer writes, “in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining.” View video >