Nature & Travel Book Reviews

NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"These well-crafted tales of bio-inspired innovation will entrance general readers and warrant the close attention of scientists and technologists."
Los Angeles Times science writer Khan debuts with a richly detailed account of biologically inspired engineering. Read full book review >
MAGNETIC CITY by Justin Davidson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A worthy companion to Alfred Kazin's A Walker in the City and the American Institute of Architects guides to the architecture of New York as well as a treat for fans of the metropolis."
A street-level celebration of New York City in all "its perpetual complexity and contradiction." Read full book review >

WITNESS TREE by Lynda V. Mapes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 11, 2017

"A meticulously, beautifully layered portrayal of vulnerability and loss, renewal and hope, this extensively researched yet deeply personal book is a timely call to bear witness and to act in an age of climate-change denial."
A textured story of a rapidly changing natural world and our relationship to it, told through the lens of one tree over four seasons. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2017

"Of compelling interest to any animal lover and especially to devotees of canids of all kinds."
Can new kinds of animals be brought into being outside of DNA tinkering and Frankensteining? Most certainly, as a long-running Russian experiment reveals. Read full book review >
RAPTOR by James Macdonald Lockhart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2017

"This illuminating book serves as homage to a brilliant naturalist and extraordinary birds. If you loved H Is for Hawk, put this next on your reading list."
Fifteen birds of prey lead the author on an enthralling journey across the British Isles. Read full book review >

SEA TRIALS by Wendy Hinman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2017

"Highly readable and sufficiently evocative to sense the scent of sea air in the pages."
Hinman (Tightwads on the Loose, 2012) serves up a second real-life maritime adventure. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 28, 2017

"Readers will certainly come away from the book knowing more about wine and likely eager to explore it further, but even those less inclined to imbibe will be intrigued by Bosker's insights into the nature of smell and taste and the ways training and attention can increase one's pleasure in them."
An 18-month immersion in the study of wine, teaching us not just about what to look for in the glass, but how to experience the world in a new way. Read full book review >
THE GULF by Jack E. Davis
NON-FICTION
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 DEATH AND LIFE OF THE GREAT LAKES by Dan Egan
NON-FICTION
Released: March 7, 2017

"Not light reading but essential for policymakers—and highly recommended for the 40 million people who rely on the Great Lakes for drinking water."
An alarming account of the "slow-motion catastrophe" facing the world's largest freshwater system. Read full book review >
A COUNTRY BETWEEN by Stephanie Saldaña
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2017

"A serene memoir in which the author takes valuable time to regard the character of the Palestinian people and their way of life."
Reflections of a young American wife and mother trying to make a home in war-torn Jerusalem. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A thoughtful, refreshing book with a simple but powerful message: 'Go outside, often, sometimes in wild places. Bring friends or not. Breathe.'"
A journalist explores the relationship between nature and human well-being. Read full book review >
NO BARRIERS by Erik Weihenmayer
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A wonderful tribute to the greatness of the human spirit."
The first blind man to climb Mount Everest narrates his kayaking descent of 300 miles of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. 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 >