Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"A gripping biography of "a gentle rebel, a talkative hermit, an enthusiastic wanderer, a distant son of the Scottish Enlightenment, inspired by ice.""
A riveting biography of John Muir (1838-1914), America's foremost "naturalist, activist, and pacifist." Read full book review >

UNDER MAGNOLIA by Frances Mayes
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2014

"One of those books you want to devour but realize it's more satisfying to savor for as long as possible."
A captivating memoir by Mayes (Every Day in Tuscany: Seasons of an Italian Life, 2010, etc.) recalling life growing up in a small Southern town and how the region permeated her psyche. Read full book review >
MY GENTLE BARN by Ellie Laks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 25, 2014

"Descriptive and sensitive stories of one woman and the animals she rescued from abuse and death."
How one woman's childhood dream to save animals came true. Read full book review >
A CLIMATE OF CRISIS by Patrick Allitt
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: March 24, 2014

"An optimistic book that downplays the clamorous work of environmental groups and attributes progress to the institutions of democracy and capitalism."
A wide-ranging history of the American environmental movement. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 20, 2014

"A delightful book with broad appeal."
Birding associate editor Strycker (Among Penguins: A Bird Man in Antarctica, 2011) backs up his claim that "[b]ird behavior offers a mirror in which we can reflect on human behavior." Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 18, 2014

"Ohlson ably delineates this promising situation: Vital soil may well help address climate change, but it absolutely will provide for "more productive farms, cleaner waterways, and overall healthier landscapes.""
Ohlson (Stalking the Divine: Contemplating Faith with the Poor Clares, 2003, etc.) welcomes readers to the kingdom of soil and—if it is healthy—its trillions of life-sustaining microorganisms. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A vividly written narrative of an amazingly diverse world still to be explored, whose destruction, as Rosolie wisely notes, would be a devastating loss for humanity."
In his first book, naturalist and explorer Rosolie chronicles his many thrilling experiences since 2006, when he first traveled to a research center located in a primordial jungle region of the Amazon basin, now threatened with unregulated development. Read full book review >
LIFE IS A WHEEL by Bruce Weber
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"Ultimately, Weber sees solo cycling as a metaphor for the solitary experience of being alive. He wonders if every crucible of middle age is about defying impermanence and death. If true, Weber does it with brio."
In 2011, at the age of 57, New York Times reporter Weber (As They See 'Em: A Fan's Travels in the Land of Umpires, 2009, etc.) embarked on his second cross-country bicycle trip, an adventure as much transcendental as transcontinental. Read full book review >