Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

CAPTIVE PARADISE by James L. Haley
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"A pertinent work of keen understanding of the complex Hawaiian story."
Revisionist, evenhanded look at Hawaiian dynastic tenacity against ceaseless challenges by larger imperialist powers. Read full book review >
AMORE by Roger Friedland
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Intelligent, thoughtful and well-researched, Friedland's book is not only a love letter to Rome, but also to his daughters and the members of their generation, for whose personal happiness he fears."
Cultural sociologist Friedland (Religious Studies and Sociology/Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; The Fellowship: The Untold Story of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship, 2006, etc.) examines the life-changing "love lessons" he learned from the city of Rome. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Clissold's deep knowledge of Chinese culture and language informs this useful work."
A pragmatic application of good-sense peasant wisdom in negotiating big financial deals with the Chinese. Read full book review >
WORTH FIGHTING FOR by Rory Fanning
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Fanning's dedication to the cause is admirable, but readers are left wondering how the author thought he would change the world by walking across the country."
An Army Ranger-turned-conscientious objector pays tribute to a fallen comrade with a walk across America. Read full book review >
THE ART OF STILLNESS by Pico Iyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Rather than reading it quickly and filing it, readers will likely slow down to meet its pace and might continue carrying it around as a reminder."
A brief, spiritually minded book that offers practical wisdom on reducing stress through stillness. Read full book review >

HELL-BENT by Jason Ryan
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"Without well-known criminal names or impressive crimes to pull an audience in, this will likely appeal only to Mafia buffs."
Ryan (Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs, 2011) delivers his second true-crime tale, this time covering "Hawaii's underworld."Read full book review >
CITIZEN COKE by Bartow J. Elmore
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 3, 2014

"A superb, quietly devastating environmental and business history."
An eye-opening account of the "unmatched ecological appetite" behind Coca-Cola's worldwide success. Read full book review >
BEIJING BASTARD by Val Wang
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2014

"A deftly written and entertaining memoir that offers a fresh perspective on contemporary China and the people caught in its rapid transformation."
A young woman's search for her identity in late-1990s China. Read full book review >
When Woodpeckers Dance by Dorothy J Countryman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2014

"Appealing religious affirmation born from a naturalist's search for meaning."
This nature journal/inspirational memoir follows the seasons on a Midwestern homestead. Read full book review >
TOP DOG by Maria Goodavage
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 23, 2014

"A sentimental tale of man and dog and their heroism under fire."
In this follow-up to Soldier Dogs: The Untold Story of America's Canine Heroes (2012), Goodavage gives the Marines and their canine companions equal billing.Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A mixed bag. Relating his occasionally amusing adventures in breezy slang, Steinberg seems to be vying for the same audience that has made Broadway's Book of Mormon such a huge hit."
A search for the roots of Mormonism. Read full book review >
BERLIN by Rory MacLean
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"A series of imaginative and fanciful narrative segments—a history that is not all gloom and doom."
Berlin's greatest hits, from the age of the medieval troubadour to David Bowie's "Heroes." Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Luis Alberto Urrea
April 21, 2015

Examining the borders between one nation and another, between one person and another, Luis Alberto Urrea’s latest story collection, The Water Museum, reveals his mastery of the short form. This collection includes the Edgar-award winning "Amapola" and his now-classic "Bid Farewell to Her Many Horses," which had the honor of being chosen for NPR's "Selected Shorts" not once but twice. Urrea has also recently published a poetry collection, Tijuana Book of the Dead, mixing lyricism and colloquial voices, mysticism and the daily grind. We talk to Urrea about both of his new books this week on Kirkus TV. View video >