Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A well-rendered travelogue and a profound excursion into what it means to remember and forget."
Tragedy stalks the periphery of an acclaimed travel writer's eerily hypnotic journey deep into the heart of Colombia's most mysterious river. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A fine example of science made accessible for general readers, combining history, personal anecdotes, clear accounts of research and a broad picture of human evolution."
A reader-friendly examination of the great gap that exists between human beings and the rest of the animal world and an explanation of how our minds came to be unique. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Vast, evenhanded and worthy of rumination."
A pertinent, wide-ranging comparative study of the unleashing of the "monster" of private property, which has both enriched and enslaved populations. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2013

"A powerfully original study of bears."
Independent researcher Kilham (Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild, 2002) shares what he has learned over the decades about black bears and their society. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"A delightful re-creation of a memorable experience with special appeal for runners, pet lovers and the philosophically inclined."
Rowlands (Philosophy/Univ. of Miami; The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, 2009, etc.) meditates on how running has brought him "in contact with the intrinsic value of life." Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

The upbeat story of an American couple raising their three children in Rwanda and making a huge difference in the lives of thousands.

Ruxin (Public Health/Columbia Univ.), an adviser to government and business leaders on business strategy and economic development before becoming director of the Millennium Villages Project in Rwanda, narrates with assurance and gusto. Read full book review >

THE SECOND-CHANCE DOG by Jon Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Bittersweet in its telling, Katz reminds readers of the importance of human and animal connections."
Best-selling author Katz (Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, 2012, etc.) brings readers the intimate story of falling in love with a woman and her extremely protective pet dog. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A fascinating study of American entrepreneurial culture and the modern robber barons who succeeded in creating an energy revolution."
Award-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Zuckerman (The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, 2009) calls drilling for shale gas and oil "one of the greatest energy revolutions in history." Read full book review >
BREATHLESS by Nancy K. Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Articulate, keen and satisfying."
A coming-of-age tale covering the author's 20s in Paris, where she studied, worked, lived on her own for the first time, fell in and out of love, and found solid ground beneath her feet. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"This book is pure joy; even the most dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker will learn something new about this vibrant city."
Native New Yorker and CUNY sociology professor Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them, 2011, etc.) investigates all five of the city's boroughs on foot, tracking the robust and ever-changing entanglements between New York and its inhabitants. Read full book review >
Almost an Army Cadet, always a Forester by K. C. Linggi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A sapling that could grow into a sturdy tree."
Vignettes of a Malaysian forestry worker's career with a timber company. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject."
Scientific American associate editor Courage explains why the octopus has been beguiling humans for millennia, making an appearance in "creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine." Read full book review >