Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

THE HOMING INSTINCT by Bernd Heinrich
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A special treat for readers of natural history."
A noted naturalist explores the centrality of home in the lives of humans and other animals. Read full book review >
UNREAL CITY by Judith Nies
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"An important, multifaceted page-turner."
A hard-hitting chronicle of the hidden history behind the creation of Las Vegas, including a large-scale resource grab and a grand plan to drive the Navajo people off their lands, abetted by corruption at the highest levels of government. Read full book review >

THE SEA INSIDE by Philip Hoare
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 8, 2014

"A beautifully written memoir/travelogue with readable diversions into philosophy."
Do we come from the sea? Hoare's (The Whale: In Search of the Giants of the Sea, 2010, etc.) absorbing book may well lead you to think so. Read full book review >
LIMBER by Angela Pelster
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: April 1, 2014

"As the author reveals in these charming essays, nature is imbued with enticing mysteries, and trees can be agents of salvation."
In this debut collection of essays, trees evoke lyrical reflections on the intimacies among humans, plants and animals. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 1, 2014

"A fast-moving, smartly detailed story of an environmental disaster compounded by the Corps' broken promise—"We take care of our own"—to the men who served and suffered."
The National Journal's managing editor investigates "the largest and worst incidence of a poisoned water supply in history." Read full book review >

THE HUMOR CODE by Peter McGraw
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A brave attempt to blend research, memoir and humor, but the result is not always smooth."
A freelance journalist and a professor hop around the globe cracking and waxing wise about humor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A quiet delight of a book."
A journalist's biography of the unassuming but gutsy 67-year-old Ohio grandmother who became the first person to walk all 2,050 miles of the Appalachian Trail three times. Read full book review >
A FARM DIES ONCE A YEAR by Arlo Crawford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"Most interesting to aspiring organic farmers."
A down-to-earth account of life on New Morning Farm, to which Crawford, the rather aimless son of the owners, returned for one season, searching for some direction in his own unsatisfactory life. Read full book review >
THE NEXT TSUNAMI by Bonnie Henderson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2014

"Of more than local interest, though Northwesterners should pay particularly close attention to the news Henderson brings."
Eugene-based nature writer Henderson (Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris, 2008, etc.) organizes her narrative around the ways of Pacific tsunamis and the geology underlying them, with a focus on an utterly logical hero: Tom Horning, who, in 1964, barely escaped the freak tidal wave that destroyed much of the region. Read full book review >
THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE by Julia Cooke
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2014

"An excellent taste of Cuba today, without tourist plans or political agenda."
Following multiple trips to the island—organized by an unnamed friend, the "Communist fairy godfather"—first-time author Cooke (Writing/The New School) chronicles the lives of nine Cubans and their families in the years immediately after Raúl Castro replaced his brother as president. Read full book review >
TULUGAQ by Kerry McCluskey
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 1, 2014

"Closer to ethnology than storytelling but still a thought-provoking glimpse of how nature and myth mix. (Folklore. 11 & up)"
A treasury of anecdotes about this smart and mysterious bird—gathered over years from residents of northern Canada and Alaska and paired to evocative photographs. Read full book review >
RESCUE OF THE <i>BOUNTY</i> by Michael J. Tougias
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 1, 2014

"A taut recounting of a needless maritime tragedy."
In October 2012, out of New London, Conn., bound for St. Petersburg, Fla., a single tall ship sailed into the path of "the largest storm in geographic spread ever forecast." Read full book review >