Nature & Travel Book Reviews

HISTORY OF A DISAPPEARANCE by Filip  Springer
Released: April 4, 2017

"Lucid and literate: a brilliant model of historical writing about place and a beguiling treat for armchair travelers as well."
An evocative study of a town in Poland's outback, one scarcely known even in its day. Read full book review >
AFTERGLOW by Eileen Myles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A captivating look at a poet's repeated attempt 'to dig a hole in eternity' through language.
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A memoir that stretches the limits of its genre by making a dog the textual centerpiece. Read full book review >

DRIVE ME WILD by Christina Nealson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 3, 2012

"A soulful account of Western vistas and New-Age mantras."
American travel writer Nealson (New Mexico's Sanctuaries, Retreats, and Sacred Places, 2014, etc.) shares her tales of life on the road in North America and Mexico. Read full book review >
Released: July 11, 2017

"As this fine book shows, when it comes to Western interactions with Africa, meaning well is a necessary but far from sufficient condition."
In her sure-to-be-controversial first book, Christian Science Monitor correspondent Hanes investigates why so many Western-led conservation efforts in Africa go so wrong so often. Read full book review >
IMPROBABLE DESTINIES by Jonathan B.  Losos
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A cheerful, delightfully lucid primer on evolution and the predictive possibilities within the field."
A fresh take on evolution and how "we can study [it] as it occurs, right before our eyes." Read full book review >

VANISHING NEW YORK by Jeremiah  Moss
Released: July 25, 2017

"Maddening if you're not mega-wealthy, and a vigorous, righteously indignant book that would do Jane Jacobs proud."
The Big Apple is morphing into a class-war amusement park for the very rich. Thus this irate argument for remaking it into a city for the rest of us. Read full book review >
NOMADLAND by Jessica  Bruder
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"Engaging, highly relevant immersion journalism."
Journalist Bruder (Burning Book: A Visual History of Burning Man, 2007) expands her remarkable cover story for Harper's into a book about low-income Americans eking out a living while driving from locale to locale for seasonal employment. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: July 18, 2017

"A chorus of lyrical voices singing hopefully about a most contentious, divisive, and violent situation."
Two co-founders of the Palestine Festival of Literature (PalFest), mother and son, collect an array of emotional pieces from this international gathering of writers begun in 2008. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"A compelling narrative enlivened as much by the author's encounters on the road as by his skillful unfolding of scientific knowledge.
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Climate scientist Goodrich chronicles his cycling journey across the United States. Read full book review >
AUTUMN by Karl Ove Knausgaard
Kirkus Star
by Karl Ove Knausgaard, translated by Ingvild Burkey, illustrated by Vanessa Baird
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An engagingly wide-ranging set of meditations."
The acclaimed author delivers a host of brief but insightful observations about the small matters of everyday life. Read full book review >
CONFESSIONS OF A RECOVERING ENVIRONMENTALIST AND OTHER ESSAYS by Paul Kingsnorth
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"On the whole, a hard-hitting collection that shows why we need new stories to revise our perceptions of civilization, progress, and nature."
A fervent plea to respond creatively and personally to environmental destruction. Read full book review >
CAESAR'S LAST BREATH by Sam Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. 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 >