Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

THE MONKEY'S VOYAGE by Alan de Queiroz
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An intriguing window into the ongoing academic debate about evolution."
An evolutionary biologist disputes the hegemonic theory of how animals have populated the planet, challenging prevailing assumptions about the time frame in which species separations necessarily occurred. Read full book review >
A FEATHERED RIVER ACROSS THE SKY by Joel Greenberg
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A grim reminder of the many "reasons why species should be preserved.""
A shocking account of how the passenger pigeon, a bird found only in North America, became extinct. Read full book review >

FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An entertaining and informative memoir/self-help guide to living well on locally grown food."
One woman's experiment to eat only local foods. Read full book review >
GROWING A FEAST by Kurt Timmermeister
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

"A treat for anyone craving a point-by-point narration of how living off the land plays out for this former urban restaurateur–turned–cheese maker/farmer. "
Creating a feast for friends from the bounty of your farm takes a variety of skills and plenty of dedication. In his second memoir, chef and author Timmermeister (Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land, 2012) chronicles the long journey of a farm-to-table meal. Read full book review >
WALDEN'S SHORE by Robert M. Thorson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"An intriguing academic book best read in conjunction with Walden."
Thorson (Geology/Univ. of Connecticut; Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lake and Ponds, 2009, etc.) follows up his earlier work by establishing Henry David Thoreau's own scientific credentials. Read full book review >

IN THE LAND OF OZ by Howard Jacobson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Witty, at times self-deprecating, and always shrewdly observant, Jacobson offers a wry, revealing portrait of a land and its people."
A sharp-eyed British traveler recalls his greatest adventure. Read full book review >
MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS by Donna Leon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An uneven collection showing Leon to be a cranky, though sometimes witty and insightful, critic of her times."
An American mystery writer reveals a new character: herself. Read full book review >
BADLUCK WAY by Bryce Andrews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An evocative, poetic account of rugged terrain, the men and animals who inhabited it, and the complex realities of sustainable agriculture."
A coming-of-age memoir that illuminates the pleasures and problems of running a conservation-oriented sheep and cattle ranch. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"A page-turning account of a remarkable family and their many groundbreaking ventures."
The saga of a family of record-breaking explorers who, over three generations, were first to travel to the stratosphere, penetrate the depths of the ocean and circumvent the globe in a nonstop balloon flight. Read full book review >
GOLD by Matthew Hart
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Recommended for those determined to speculate in gold as an alleged hedge against economic tremors."
Overview of gold's perpetual dominance over modern and past societies, focused on historical and economic issues. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"A boozy and often funny investigation into a little-understood corner of America."
The clown prince of "trash prose" cracks the coconut-wireless wide open in a hip exposé of Hawaii's North Shore surfing culture. Read full book review >
A FORK IN THE ROAD by James Oseland
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Dec. 1, 2013

"Delicious reading for the discerning foodie."
A savory collection of personal narratives about the "fabulous and even miraculous" ways that food revives "the great, exciting promise of life." Read full book review >