Nature & Travel Book Reviews

THE ART OF LOADING BRUSH by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Vintage Berry sure to please and instruct his many admirers."
Further cultural and agricultural writings from the dean of modern literary agrarians. Read full book review >
THE FATE OF ROME by Kyle  Harper
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"There is much to absorb in this significant scholarly achievement, which effectively integrates natural, social, and humanistic sciences to show how the fall of the empire caused the decline of Rome."
A view of the fall of Rome from a different angle, looking beyond military and social collapse to man's relationship to the environment. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A wonderful look into the beginnings of Australia and the remarkable strength of the survivors of these dangerous voyages."
A British historian recounts the links between the founding of the British penal colony in Australia and the mutiny on the Bounty. Read full book review >
SPINELESS by Juli  Berwald
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"In this lovely exploration of the mysterious jellyfish, Berwald both entrances and sounds a warning: pay attention to the messages sent by ocean life, and act to protect their environment, and ours."
A close look at the biology and behavior of jellyfish combined with a personal history of the author, a former ocean scientist who was pulled back to the sea by these enigmatic creatures. Read full book review >
OFF THE DEEP END by Nic  Compton
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fascinating and engrossing nose dive into the underreported depths of nautical insanity."
How and why the sea has historically plagued those who work and play in its waves. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Can squirrels be said to be good or bad? For an answer to questions of that sort, this is the book to read. A treat for animal lovers of all stripes."
Forester Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World, 2016) turns his attention to how animals feel. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities."
How the impending rise in sea levels caused by increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air will make life on the edge of the ocean very different over the next century. Read full book review >
THE ABU DHABI BAR MITZVAH by Adam Valen  Levinson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"While Karachi or Aleppo may not be next year's hot vacation destinations, Levinson proves there's ample reason to go."
While the blank spaces on the maps have long since been filled in, the psychological barriers walling off regions of the world where Westerners dare not tread are as tall as ever. Here, a "multimedia backpack journalist" explores some of them. Read full book review >
PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Patrick Leigh Fermor
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"Recounting triumph and tragedy, these letters help round out a portrait of a writer who had long ago reconciled himself to a minor role in literary history—but who deserves a wide readership all the same."
A collection of correspondence to friends and family over more than half a century, recounting the noted British traveler and writer's adventures over a long life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. Read full book review >
HIMALAYA BOUND by Michael Benanav
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An involving, often touching story of an admirable people as well as a cautionary tale about the effects of rapid change and counterproductive conservation efforts on traditional societies."
A photojournalist and wilderness guide explores tensions between the conservation impulse and the lives of imperiled nomadic herders in this sympathetic but balanced account of their arduous days on the trail. Read full book review >
THE EPIC CITY by Kushanava Choudhury
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A candid and often moving history of a city's dramatic past and roiling present."
The son of immigrant parents creates a vivid, affectionate, and gritty portrait of a complex city. 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 >