Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 2)

POISON SPRING by E.G. Vallianatos
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Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers of this overheated but often on-the-mark polemic will conclude that the safest tactic is organic food and a fly swatter."
"We spend our lives living in a chemical soup," writes Vallianatos (This Land Is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World, 2006, etc.), who was a risk evaluator for the Environment Protection Agency from 1979 to 2004. With Jenkins (Journalism/Univ. of Delaware; What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, 2011), he excoriates the agency for routinely yielding to outside pressure in regulating pesticides and other environmental pollutants. Read full book review >
CITIZEN CANINE by David Grimm
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A challenging notion that fails to adequately address the implicit downgrading of our broader responsibilities as citizens."
Science deputy news editor Grimm (Journalism/Johns Hopkins Univ.) looks at the pros and cons of granting citizenship to our pets—a far-out idea, to be sure, but one gaining traction with some on the fringe of the animal rights movement. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"This worthwhile little tome packs a wallop consisting of equal portions of healthy education and pertinent entertainment."
A breezy yet highly informative trek through our plasticized world coupled with tips for reducing plastic from your life. Read full book review >
THE BOOM by Russell Gold
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cleareyed and mostly neutral study of the price of America's energy addictions."
An insider's guide to the most controversial energy-production technique in the United States. Read full book review >
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
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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 >
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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 >