Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

CAPITAL by Rana Dasgupta
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 19, 2014

"A sincere, troubling look at India's wrenching social and cultural changes."
Deep, unsettling explorations into a city that has lost its soul, from a British-Indian novelist who has lived in Delhi for more than 10 years. Read full book review >
THE THIRD PLATE by Dan Barber
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 20, 2014

"In this bold and impassioned analysis, Barber insists that chefs have the power to transform American cuisine to achieve a sustainable and nutritious future."
A multiple James Beard Award-winning chef proposes a revolutionary change for growing and consuming food. Read full book review >

WHAT I WAS DOING WHILE YOU WERE BREEDING by Kristin Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 20, 2014

"Too much information, too little substance."
A Hollywood sitcom writer's unabashed account of how she spent 10 years of her young adulthood traveling the world and having "sweet, sexy epic little vacationships" with foreign men. Read full book review >
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO BOB by James Bowen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 27, 2014

"A simple, heartwarming story of continued companionship and mutual trust and respect. Though the book is averagely written, it is sure to be another best-seller."
The continuing story of a London busker and his feline friend, Bob. Read full book review >
SHARING THE COMMON POOL by Charles R. Porter Jr.
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 31, 2014

"An intelligent, elegant call to action in the defense of fresh water."
Porter (History/St. Edward's Univ.) addresses the legal, social, economic and environmental consequences of our present water rights system, a serious disaster in the making. Read full book review >

GOTHAM UNBOUND by Ted Steinberg
HISTORY
Released: June 3, 2014

"Richly researched and illustrated—a wholly edifying account."
Steinberg (History and Law/Case Western Reserve Univ.; American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn, 2006, etc.) returns with an illuminating text that adheres strictly and powerfully to its subtitle. Read full book review >
CARSICK by John Waters
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 3, 2014

"The book idles way too long, but once it takes off, it's a sweet and funny ride."
Face it: Wouldn't you rather strike out on the road with John Waters than Jack Kerouac? Read full book review >
MARGARITA WEDNESDAYS by Deborah Rodriguez
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Readers who fell in love with Rodriguez's chronicle of life in Afghanistan will surely revel in this candid, intimate tale of starting over in middle age in a new country."
After being forced to flee Afghanistan, Rodriguez (co-author: Kabul Beauty School: An American Woman Goes Behind the Veil, 2007) initially settled on an isolated mountaintop in Northern California. Here, she recounts her rocky readjustment to American life and eventual relocation to Mexico. Read full book review >
DISTANT NEIGHBORS by Wendell Berry
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 10, 2014

"Candid, introspective and often deeply philosophical, these letters offer intimate glimpses into the lives and minds of two influential contemporary writers."
A collection of letters chronicling two writers' friendship and common interests in nature and faith. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: June 15, 2014

"The challenges are daunting, but Gaudet's detailed, undogmatic account of multiple attempts to counter overdevelopment with better practices inspires cautious optimism."
The hardy reed that stood at the center of ancient Egyptian civilization can foster sustainable growth in the 21st century, asserts ecologist Gaudet (Island of Pigs, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
INDONESIA, ETC. by Elizabeth Pisani
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 23, 2014

"A brave, lively writer opens up a wondrous, changing nation."
An elucidating journey through the myriad-island republic. Read full book review >
MY TWO ITALIES by Joseph Luzzi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 15, 2014

"Luzzi's evocative personal history and incisive cultural critique illuminates the complex forces that have shaped his own identity. Being Italian and American, he comes to realize, has been both a bountiful gift and "an ethnic cross I had to bear.""
Memoir from Luzzi (Italian/Bard Coll.; Romantic Europe and the Ghost of Italy, 2008, etc.), who, as the first American-born child of Italian immigrants, felt alienated from his parents' roots. Read full book review >