Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

RED NILE by Robert Twigger
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A painstaking work of research and careful observation."
A rich tapestry of Nile lore and legend, stretching from the ancients to the fall of the latest tyrant. Read full book review >
THE BIRDS OF PANDEMONIUM by Michele Raffin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A charming memoir about birds and the people who love them."
Raffin recounts how a chance encounter with an injured dove proved to be a life-changing experience. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Entertaining, informative adventures of a woman determined to understand the people of China."
One woman's experiences while living and writing in China. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An entertaining literary and historical romp through the world of dogs."
Wearing two hats as a psychoanalyst and cultural critic, Brottman (Humanistic Studies/Maryland Institute College of Art; Hyena, 2012, etc.) examines the nature of our relationship to our pet dogs.Read full book review >
DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE BULLETS by Laura Kasinof
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An action-packed account of the civil war in Yemen from a woman who experienced it firsthand."
How one woman became a war journalist almost by accident. Read full book review >

SAVING SIMON by Jon Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A heartwarming tale of rescue and redemption."
Another chapter in the life of Bedlam Farm. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2014 by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"A thrilling, surprising collection—one of the best in the series."
A lavish and often revelatory assortment of travel writings. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh."
The mind-boggling story of 33 Chilean miners trapped 2,000 feet underground for 10 weeks. Read full book review >
GOOD GRIEF! by Ellen Stimson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 6, 2014

"Stimson's children will be lucky in having these stories of their lives to pass down through the generations; the rest of us only get to visit for a while, but it's a visit to remember."
The continuing adventures of a family in Vermont. Read full book review >
ARRIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Andreas Wagner
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 2, 2014

"A book of startling congruencies, insightful flashes and an artful enthusiasm that delivers knowledge from the inorganic page to our organic brains."
Wagner (Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies/Univ. of Zurich; The Origins of Evolutionary Innovations, 2011, etc.) lucidly explores the natural principles that accelerate life's ability to innovate and thus evolve.Read full book review >
WHILE THE GODS WERE SLEEPING by Elizabeth Enslin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2014

"An insider's view of the struggles inherent in any attempt to straddle different cultures."
In her debut, memoirist and anthropologist Enslin writes of her experiences marrying a high-caste Brahman man, giving birth and living with his family on the central plains of Nepal. Read full book review >
NAKED AND MAROONED by Ed Stafford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 30, 2014

"To be sure, some of Stafford's mental baggage popped open during his latest crazy journey, but his chronicle is, on the whole, entertaining."
Further tales from extreme adventurer Stafford (Walking the Amazon, 2011), European Adventurer of the Year in 2011. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Bill Browder
author of RED NOTICE
March 24, 2015

Bill Browder’s Red Notice is a nonfiction political thriller about an American financier in the Wild East of Russia, the murder of his principled young tax attorney, and his mission to expose the Kremlin’s corruption. In 2007, a group of Russian law enforcement officers raided Browder’s offices in Moscow and stole $230 million of taxes that his fund’s companies had paid to the Russian government. Browder’s attorney Sergei Magnitsky investigated the incident and uncovered a sprawling criminal enterprise. A month after Sergei testified against the officials involved, he was arrested and thrown into pre-trial detention, where he was tortured for a year. On November 16, 2009, he was led to an isolation chamber, handcuffed to a bedrail, and beaten to death by eight guards in full riot gear. “It may be that ‘Russian stories never have happy endings,’ ” our reviewer writes about Red Notice, “but Browder’s account more than compensates by ferociously unmasking Putin’s thugocracy.” View video >