Nature & Travel Book Reviews

SAVING CENTRAL PARK by Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 16, 2018

"An inspiring story of a defiant woman and the landscape she loved."
How a public-private partnership revitalized Manhattan's famed park. Read full book review >
THE LAST COWBOYS by John Branch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Packed with fascinating information, lively writing, and a certain pleasant nostalgia, this book is a good candidate for reading one chapter per day; eventually, the narrative becomes unwieldy—too many family members to track easily, too many long drives to rodeo after rodeo, and too many abrupt narrative shifts from cattle to rodeo to environmental degradation."
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Branch (Boy on Ice: The Life and Death of Derek Boogaard, 2014) immerses himself in a huge Utah family to understand contemporary cattle rearing, rodeo riding, and the endangered environment of the American West, which is owned primarily by the American government but leased to private ranchers. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Simultaneously uplifting, inspiring, and dispiriting."
An entertaining and informative trip around Alaska's coastline, one man's "event of a lifetime." Read full book review >
Released: May 15, 2018

"Refreshingly, Stadiem mostly avoids making the narrative overly gossipy, and it's good fun to see what devils some of our political and cultural heroes really were."
An eye-opening biography of "the elegant French Queen of Sex." Read full book review >
A THIRSTY LAND by Seamus McGraw
Released: May 9, 2018

"Observers of Western water ways will want to have this on their shelves alongside the likes of Marc Reisner and Charles Bowden."
A hard look at a hard problem: finding sufficient water to live in a place without much of it. Read full book review >

THE WORLD-ENDING FIRE by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A great place to start for those who are not familiar with Berry's work; for those who are, it will be a nostalgic stroll down a rural, wooded Memory Lane. In this day and age, his writings are must-reads."
A pleasing selection of essays from the lifelong farmer and award-winning writer. Read full book review >
A NATURALIST AT LARGE by Bernd Heinrich
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"Heinrich's personal touch and breadth of knowledge make this a satisfying outing for armchair naturalists."
A collection of essays on plants and animal biology and behavior by a scientist who is also a prolific, prize-winning author. Read full book review >
OUR STORY by Rao Pingru
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A graceful, gently told narrative of contentment and resilience."
A graphic memoir recounts a quiet life amid cultural upheaval. Read full book review >
BELLA FIGURA by Kamin Mohammadi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 8, 2018

"A charming, delightful memoir of self-transformation."
An Iranian-born British journalist goes to Italy on an extended work sabbatical and unexpectedly finds the fulfillment that had been absent from her life. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"A well-reported, optimistic portrait of America's future."
An illuminating trip through "parts of the country generally missed by the media spotlight." Read full book review >
FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE by Paul Theroux
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A masterfully simple and satisfying collection."
A retrospective of the prolific writer's essays, travel stories, and reflections. Read full book review >
Released: May 8, 2018

"Good stuff for Western history buffs, to say nothing of fans of the Post Office."
Of thundering hooves and priority mail: a lively history of the short-lived but much-evoked Pony Express. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >