Nature & Travel Book Reviews

BOOKSHOPS by Jorge  Carrión
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"An insightful, educational, and erudite paean to bookshops."
A literate mappa mundi to bookstores. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A tough read that will mostly appeal to critics of neoliberalism, but also a substantive contribution to the growing dialogue about our response—or lack thereof—to climate change."
A book that conveys much more of the peril than the promise of today's urban life in the age of climate change. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In the main, Blakeslee's well-rendered story will be familiar to anyone who has followed the Yellowstone wolves, but those who have not will find this a solid overview of recent events—evenhanded but clearly and rightly on the side of the wolves."
On-the-ground reporting on the fate of Canis lupus as a creature once nearly extirpated struggles to regain a home in the Rockies. Read full book review >
THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE by Lynn Freed
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"This is travel literature as memoir, drolly covering the scope of a restless creative life."
An offbeat world tour with a not-quite-innocent abroad. Read full book review >
THE CLIMATE SWERVE by Robert Jay Lifton
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A powerful and well-reasoned call to action."
A clear argument that "confronting the full danger of nuclear and climate devastation enables us to sustain rather than destroy our species." Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A fine, readable work of advocacy journalism, of a piece with Marc Reisner's Cadillac Desert, that deserves to inform discussion about the mustang issue as it plays out in courts and in Congress."
A gimlet-eyed look at the place of the wild horse in the landscape of the American West and at the poor legacy of human relations with that spirited animal. Read full book review >
NINE CONTINENTS by Xiaolu Guo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A rich and insightful coming-of-age story of not only a woman, but an artist and the country in which she was born."
A gripping memoir about growing up in—and leaving—China, from one of Britain's most acclaimed young novelists. Read full book review >
REPLENISH by Sandra Postel
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"An informative, purposeful argument about why we must accept the moral as well as practical responsibility of water stewardship."
Why well-functioning natural ecosystems—"watersheds, wetlands, floodplains, and river systems"—play as important a role in our economic infrastructure as dams, canals, and water treatment plants. Read full book review >
THE ROAD TO SLEEPING DRAGON by Michael Meyer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Some of the impressions are dated, but the majority are charming and revealing."
Impressions of China from an experienced guide. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >
FIRESTORM by Edward Struzik
Released: Oct. 5, 2017

"Struzik delivers a powerful message that will appeal to environmentally minded readers and students of climate change."
Warning: wildfires are coming and they are going to be bigger, more frequent, more unpredictable, and faster moving than ever. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A fascinating exploration of the importance of the outdoors to childhood development."
A Swedish woman contrasts child-raising styles in the United States and Sweden. 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 >