Nature & Travel Book Reviews

SEASTEADING by Joe Quirk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: March 21, 2017

"While the authors' enthusiasm should be taken with more than a grain of salt, they raise ideas worth considering and offer hope for a future when life on land has grown grim."
The founder and communications director of the Seasteading Institute make a case that the survival of the planet depends on moving out from the land onto the sea. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 21, 2017

"Islands of hope appear regularly in this insightful, wide-ranging, but mostly painful chronicle of our relations with terra firma."
An intriguing examination of the ground, which "holds the wild world in place." Read full book review >

LETTER TO A YOUNG FARMER by Gene Logsdon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2017

"From raising cattle to organizing markets, there's much value here for every aspiring farmer, whose work requires brains along with brawn."
An elegant, modern georgic in prose by "contrary farmer" Logsdon (Gene Everlasting, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
PRACTICE RESURRECTION by Erik Reece
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"Reece's insightful, witty, and reflective essays offer up new ways of thinking about spirituality, culture, and the environment."
Religion, ecology, literature, family, and ideas all commingle in this collection. Read full book review >
BLEAKER HOUSE by Nell Stevens
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"This engaging debut fulfills her confident prediction."
On a remote island, a young writer assesses her talents and her dreams. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 14, 2017

"An alarming account but one suggesting that, armed with knowledge, we can reverse this way of treating the plants that feed us and find a way toward a more sustainable diet."
A convincing argument that the agricultural revolution that has made food more readily available around the world contains the seeds of its own destruction. Read full book review >
THE GULF by Jack E. Davis
HISTORY
Released: March 14, 2017

"An elegant narrative braced by a fierce, sobering environmental conviction."
A sweeping environmental history of the Gulf of Mexico that duly considers the ravages of nature and man. Read full book review >
THE MEZCAL RUSH by Granville Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"A rich, inclusive portrait of one of the world's great drinks."
A longtime journalist takes a cultural deep dive into the history and contemporary re-emergence of Mexico's second-most-famous elixir. Read full book review >
CURATORS by Lance Grande
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 10, 2017

"Certain to appeal to aspiring curators as well as anyone who has wondered what goes on behind the exhibitions."
An insider's account of "what a natural history museum curator does." Read full book review >
DUCK SEASON by David McAninch
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Warm recollections to please fellow Francophiles."
A debut memoir about eight months of French culinary delights. Read full book review >
NO FRIENDS BUT THE MOUNTAINS by Judith Matloff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"A tightly focused study of mountain societies that hints at future conflicts."
A veteran journalist drops into the highest hotspots across the globe for a sobering account of why mountainous regions often engender violence. Read full book review >
WISH LANTERNS by Alec Ash
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2017

"Sensitive, fascinating reports."
Novelistic anecdotes reveal Chinese young people struggling with universal themes of education, employment, and love. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >