Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

AMERICAN WINO by Dan Dunn
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"A book that could have been an eye-opener, but the miles become wearisome. Better off staying home with a nice bottle of wine."
The self-proclaimed booze journalist chronicles his 15,000-mile cross-country journey in search of wine knowledge. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 5, 2016

"An engaging, well-documented business book that should become a valuable resource for urban farmers everywhere. In a category glutted with titles on digital startup operations, the thoughtfully detailed planning and advice laid out here will be inspiring to a wide range of small brick-and-mortar business entrepreneurs."
The co-founder of "the world's first commercial rooftop farm" chronicles how she and a small group of socially conscious and creatively resourceful individuals built their successful business. Read full book review >

SMOKE THE DONKEY by Cate Folsom
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"A good read for Marines and their families as well as animal lovers."
The story of a Marine and the local donkey he adopted as a mascot for his troops. Read full book review >
THE SOLACE OF STONES by Julie Riddle
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2016

"Evocative prose illuminates the narrative's people and places, but the author's prolonged self-absorption eventually becomes tedious."
Riddle (Senior Writer/Whitworth Univ.) chronicles her life growing up in the Montana wilderness. Read full book review >
THE WANDER SOCIETY by Keri Smith
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: March 29, 2016

"The amusing and informative philosophy of a hidden culture that proposes that wandering is the key to a soulful life."
A guidebook to aimless wandering. Read full book review >

IN SEARCH OF BUDDHA'S DAUGHTERS by Christine Toomey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"An inspiring and necessary addition to the body of work about modern-day Buddhism."
A British journalist's account of her yearlong investigation into the lives and motivations of women who chose to become Buddhist nuns. Read full book review >
ALMOST HOME by Githa Hariharan
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 22, 2016

"An uneven collection—never just travel writing or political analysis—that nonetheless seems to map new territory of its own."
Essays on identity, place, and the pervasiveness of the past in the present, by a global literary citizen. Read full book review >
THE MIND CLUB by Daniel M. Wegner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 22, 2016

"Complex science lightly delivered; a pleasure for anyone comfortable with the thought that knowing others' minds will improve our own."
Do the dead have thoughts? The late Harvard psychology professor Wegner (The Illusion of Conscious Will, 2002, etc.), assisted by neuroscientist Gray (Mind Perception and Morality/Univ. of North Carolina), ponders that ethereal question and much more.Read full book review >
50 GREAT AMERICAN PLACES by Brent D. Glass
HISTORY
Released: March 15, 2016

"An enlightening trip with an expert guide."
A journey in search of the nation's history. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 15, 2016

"Witty and engaging, this book simultaneously celebrates and challenges spiritual traditions."
In this evenhanded book, Wexler (Boston Univ. School of Law; Tuttle in the Balance, 2015, etc.) chronicles his travels around the world in search of spiritual practices that threaten environmental stewardship.Read full book review >
WHERE WE WANT TO LIVE by Ryan Gravel
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 15, 2016

"An uplifting story about what people can accomplish working for a common purpose they make their own."
An autobiographical account of the reclamation of Atlanta's Beltline and its potential contribution to building a new urban culture for this century. Read full book review >
THE RAREST BIRD IN THE WORLD by Vernon R.L. Head
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"Die-hard bird-watchers may forgive Head's indulgences, but others may wish for a crisper telling."
A dedicated bird-watcher's narrative of a quest for the Nechisar Nightjar, a bird never seen live, known only to scientists by a single wing found in 1990. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Morgan Matson
July 25, 2016

The Unexpected Everything is a YA feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans. Andie has a plan. And she always sticks to her plan. Future? A top-tier medical school. Dad? Avoid him as much as possible (which isn’t that hard considering he’s a Congressman and he’s never around). Friends? Palmer, Bri, and Toby—pretty much the most awesome people on the planet, who needs anyone else? Relationships? No one’s worth more than three weeks. So it’s no surprise that Andie’s got her summer all planned out too. Until a political scandal costs Andie her summer pre-med internship, and lands both she and Dad back in the same house together for the first time in years. Suddenly she’s doing things that aren’t Andie at all. “Romance fans will find plenty to enjoy, as Andie gradually lets down her guard and risks the messy and unpredictable wonder of first love,” our reviewer writes. “A novel best read on a lazy summer day with sand between the toes.” View video >