Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

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 >
GOOD DOG by David DiBenedetto
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 21, 2014

"Bird lovers may blanch at feather-in-the-mouth hunting tales, but this selection of vignettes is varied, entertaining and frequently heartwarming."
A sparkling collection of 51 dog stories that have regularly appeared in the eponymous columns of Garden & Gun since its launch in 2007. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT IN SIBERIA by David Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 20, 2014

"Glowing in its profound affection for the Russian people, an affection Greene convinces readers to share."
A former Russia correspondent for NPR ends his gig by taking a train across Siberia, generating new experiences and remembering earlier ones. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Fatima Bhutto
April 14, 2015

Set during the American invasion of Afghanistan, Fatima Bhutto’s debut novel The Shadow of the Crescent Moon begins and ends one rain-swept Friday morning in Mir Ali, a small town in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas close to the Afghan border. Three brothers meet for breakfast. Soon after, the eldest, Aman Erum, recently returned from America, hails a taxi to the local mosque. Sikandar, a doctor, drives to the hospital where he works, but must first stop to collect his troubled wife, who has not joined the family that morning. No one knows where Mina goes these days. But when, later in the morning, the two are taken hostage by members of the Taliban, Mina will prove to be stronger than anyone could have imagined. Our reviewer writes that The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is “a timely, earnest portrait of a family torn apart by the machinations of other people’s war games and desperately trying to survive.” View video >