Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Prothero spends more time on size and weirdness than serious readers require, but he also delivers amusing anecdotes, a lucid history of evolutionary ideas, stories of the great fossil discoveries, and an entertaining description of animal evolution on an isolated continent."
A remote island inhabited by creatures unknown to science is a hoary sci-fi scenario that bears some relation to reality, according to this enthusiastic, somewhat scattershot history of life on a vast, isolated island-continent: South America. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A laudable effort that meets with mixed success."
The stage and screen actress delivers a memoir focused on her wildlife conservation work. Read full book review >

THE NAMES OF THE STARS by Pete Fromm
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Fromm's finely tuned reflections on this small but fully inhabited piece of the backwoods make this an adventure worth savoring."
A middle-aged novelist and creative-writing teacher spends a month in the wilderness keeping an eye on baby fish for the National Forest Service and reliving his earlier experiences in the wild. Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 SPECIES by Christopher Lloyd
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A good fit for middle and high school libraries as a useful reference."
An encyclopedic history of the emergence of life on Earth that "traces the history of life from the dawn of evolution to the present day through the lens of one hundred living things that have changed the world." Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A lovingly written book that should appeal to most city dwellers and all tree lovers."
A comprehensive look at the trees of American cities. Read full book review >

TREEHAB by Bob Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A truth-telling tour conducted by an agile guide."
The first openly gay comedian to perform on the Tonight Show delivers a collection of witty essays exploring his remarkable career and life. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"An insightful book that should be of interest to anyone who eats food, animal or not."
Unsentimental study of the dangers in how meat is produced and distributed around the world, particularly in the United States. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 23, 2016

"Road warriors and transportation buffs will be pleased with this well-illustrated, well-written volume."
An engaging, appropriately sprawling history of the Texas Highway Department over its first century. Read full book review >
THE FORTRESS by Danielle Trussoni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An entertaining but too predictable tale."
A handsome prince turns into an ogre in a memoir that reads like a fairy tale. Read full book review >
THE TIDE by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging exploration of the profound historical relationship between science and culture, written in a lively style with clear scientific explanations."
An exploration of "the discovery and science of the cosmic rhythm that governs our planet." Read full book review >
WHEN IN FRENCH by Lauren Collins
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A memoir filled with pleasing passages in every chapter."
A memoir of unexpected love with a Frenchman. Read full book review >
SHAKESPEARE IN SWAHILILAND by Edward Wilson-Lee
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"Wilson-Lee enjoyably melds memoir, history, and literary travelogue to reveal the surprising hold that Shakespeare continues to have on a culture remote from his own."
Pursuing the Bard across the history, geography, and culture of East Africa. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Laini Taylor
March 27, 2017

In bestselling YA writer Laini Taylor’s new fantasy novel, Strange the Dreamer, the dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever. What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving? “Lovers of intricate worldbuilding and feverish romance will find this enthralling,” our critic writes. View video >