Nature & Travel Book Reviews

RUTHLESS TIDE by Al Roker
Released: May 22, 2018

"An exciting, tragic story seasoned with sensitive social analysis and criticism."
The ebullient weather personality from NBC's Today show returns with a flood account that is both intimate and alert to the wealth and class distinctions highlighted by the 1889 Johnstown Flood. Read full book review >
THE WORLD-ENDING FIRE by Wendell Berry
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 8, 2018

"A great place to start for those who are not familiar with Berry's work; for those who are, it will be a nostalgic stroll down a rural, wooded Memory Lane. In this day and age, his writings are must-reads."
A pleasing selection of essays from the lifelong farmer and award-winning writer. Read full book review >

ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD by Craig Childs
Released: May 1, 2018

"A tight weave of professional findings, anecdotes, site visits, and explanations behind ancient artifacts make this book both engaging and indispensable for those with an interest in prehistory."
Scenarios of glacial and postglacial environments in the Americas. Read full book review >
Released: May 1, 2018

"A taut, chilling, and emotionally charged retelling of a doomed ship's final days."
A pulse-pounding, Perfect Storm-style tale of a shipping disaster. Read full book review >
THE RED CADDY by Charles Bowden
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 25, 2018

"A memoir about an American original by an American original, a literary journalist who merits more than a regional readership."
An unflinchingly honest writer addresses the death of his friend and kindred spirit Edward Abbey (1927-1989). Read full book review >

Released: April 24, 2018

"A superb tale about obsession, nature, and man's 'unrelenting desire to lay claim to its beauty, whatever the cost.'"
A captivating tale of beautiful, rare, priceless, and stolen feathers. Read full book review >
GOD SAVE TEXAS by Lawrence Wright
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A revelation—Wright finds the reflection of his own conflicted soul in the native state he loves and has hated."
One of the state's most renowned writers takes readers deep into the heart of Texas. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An expert romp through urban natural history, which, despite the absence of glamorous megafauna, turns out to be a turbulent, hothouse ecosystem whose life is evolving before our eyes."
An appealing argument that "we must embrace and harness the evolutionary forces that are shaping novel ecosystems right here, right now, and work toward allowing nature to grow in the hearts of our cities." Read full book review >
A TOKYO ROMANCE by Ian Buruma
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"The reward is a wild ride through the late-20th-century Japanese avant-garde scene through the eyes of an innocent from across the sea."
A delicious if squirm-inducing memoir of a young Western artist in 1970s Japan. Read full book review >
THE LAST WILD MEN OF BORNEO by Carl Hoffman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"At once cautionary and inspiring; adventure travel at its best."
An expertly wrought tale of exploration, adventure, and mischief by Hoffman (Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art, 2014, etc.), who returns to the South Pacific island of Borneo to tell it. Read full book review >
TIME PIECES by John Banville
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Told in a conversational style both luscious and luxuriant, this is exquisite work by a master craftsman."
The celebrated author turns inward with this enchanting memoir about his beloved hometown. Read full book review >
A WILDER TIME by William E.  Glassley
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"A superb tool for a better understanding of the natural world and why real science matters."
A veteran geologist recounts time spent studying Greenland's remarkable landscape during a series of six expeditions. 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 >