Nature & Travel Book Reviews

THE MOTH SNOWSTORM by Michael McCarthy
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"A heartfelt, lovely, and thoroughly lived-through meditation on the natural world and its central part in any civilized life."
It is not enough that we rush to stanch the wounds our kind has inflicted on the world, writes British environmental journalist McCarthy (Say Goodbye to the Cuckoo: Migratory Birds and the Impending Ecological Catastrophe, 2010, etc.). More than that, "we should offer up its joy." Read full book review >
Inspired by Paris by Jordan Phillips
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 24, 2016

"A manual that's as balanced as the lifestyle it proposes."
Phillips (Sustainable Luxe, 2013, etc.) offers a guide to France with heavy doses of history, fashion, food, and popular culture. Read full book review >

Beginning French by Les Américains
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: June 1, 2016

"A delightfully evocative farmhouse tale; as satisfying as a summer evening on a French terrace, with a cool glass of rosé in hand."
A California couple realize their ambition of owning a house in rural France in this debut memoir by Les Américains. Read full book review >
THE LION IN THE LIVING ROOM by Abigail Tucker
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 18, 2016

"Read this entertaining book and you will be convinced that house cats are 'the most transformative invaders the world has ever seen'—except for humans, of course."
The intriguing history of how house cats found their way onto our hearths and into our hearts. Read full book review >
SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS by John Baxter
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 8, 2016

"Whether you're planning your first trip to Paris or absolutely have to stop in Paris on your way anywhere, this book, in addition to the author's previous guides, is essential."
Baxter (Hemingway's Paris: A User's Guide, 2016, etc.) provides another delightful salute to Paris. Read full book review >

THE ESSENTIAL OYSTER by Rowan Jacobsen
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Jacobsen may leave noncoastal readers drooling with jealousy, but vicarious oyster slurping is better than none."
This verbally and visually succulent book covers 99 types of oysters, most from the shores of North America. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 25, 2016

"An insightful book that should be of interest to anyone who eats food, animal or not."
Unsentimental study of the dangers in how meat is produced and distributed around the world, particularly in the United States. Read full book review >
BEING A DOG by Alexandra Horowitz
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers."
If the olfactory ability of dogs seems like a dull topic, be prepared for a surprise. This engrossing book takes on not just canine noses, but what we can do with our own—with a little experience and a good guide. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A lovingly written book that should appeal to most city dwellers and all tree lovers."
A comprehensive look at the trees of American cities. Read full book review >
TREEHAB by Bob Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A truth-telling tour conducted by an agile guide."
The first openly gay comedian to perform on the Tonight Show delivers a collection of witty essays exploring his remarkable career and life. Read full book review >
VIETNAM by Christopher Goscha
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 13, 2016

"A vigorous, eye-opening account of a country of great importance to the world, past and future."
America was not the first world power to meet defeat in far-distant Vietnam. The reasons for that loss emerge from this welcome overview of that nation's history. Read full book review >
FAMILY OF EARTH by Wilma Dykeman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"A captivating, poetic, difficult-to-categorize book that abundantly showcases the author's talent for making words dance. Anyone who has lived in the countryside, or wished they had, will enjoy Dykeman's celebration of nature."
The first publication of a long-lost work by revered Appalachian writer Dykeman (1920-2006). Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
author of SEINFELDIA
August 22, 2016

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong’s new bestseller Seinfeldia is the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of two guys who went out for coffee and dreamed up Seinfeld —the cultural sensation that changed television and bled into the real world. Comedians Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld never thought anyone would watch their silly little sitcom about a New York comedian sitting around talking to his friends. NBC executives didn’t think anyone would watch either, but they bought it anyway, hiding it away in the TV dead zone of summer. But against all odds, viewers began to watch, first a few and then many, until nine years later nearly 40 million Americans were tuning in weekly. In Seinfeldia, TV historian and entertainment writer Armstrong celebrates the creators and fans of this American television phenomenon, bringing readers behind-the-scenes of the show while it was on the air and into the world of devotees for whom it never stopped being relevant, a world where the Soup Nazi still spends his days saying “No soup for you!” “Armstrong’s intimate, breezy history is full of gossipy details, show trivia, and insights into how famous episodes came to be,” our reviewer writes. “Perfect for Seinfeldians and newcomers alike.” View video >