Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 8)

A Century on New Brunswick's N.W. Miramichi by George S. Mumford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 27, 2013

"An enjoyable look at how outdoorsy vacations have changed, though the appeal isn't too broad."
A chronicle of the fishing exploits of five generations of the Mumford family, who for the past 100 years have been enjoying regular trips to the fishing camps along Canada's Miramichi River. Read full book review >
RENEWABLE by Jeremy  Shere
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 26, 2013

"A solid overview of an important, often misunderstood topic."
A bright, accessible account of renewable energy and its role in our lives. Read full book review >

Showdown at Shinagawa by Bill Zarchy
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 20, 2013

"Thumbs up for this filmmaker's collection of postcards from the edge."
From Cannes to the Far East, author Zarchy, a professional cinematographer, tells of exotic places and people he has met (and sometimes filmed) in his international career. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Nov. 19, 2013

"A sad tale of tragedy and investigatory enigmas from the wilds of Soviet Union."
An American documentary filmmaker drops into the well of one of Soviet Russia's greatest mysteries. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

"An engaging travel memoir."
A peripatetic teacher and writer's reflections on a life spent seeking exotic experiences abroad and pondering the question: "[I]s there a right way and a wrong way to travel?" Read full book review >

EXPEDITIONS by Lee Elders
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 15, 2013

EXPEDITIONS: GOLD, SHAMANS, AND GREEN FIRE
Elders, Lee

A mortgage banker from Arizona gives it all up to search for treasure in the jungles of Ecuador.  

In the late 1960s, when the buttoned-down banking world ceased to capture his imagination, Lee Elders set out looking for adventure.  He ended up leading a prospecting expedition into the jungles of Ecuador.  Although that expedition ended with his return to the States without the riches he'd hoped, Elders' career as a modern day explorer was only just beginning. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Ignore the occasional grandiloquent language and simply enjoy a story of trial, error and, ultimately, achievement."
Chronicle of a failed attempt at a new world rowing record, taken on by a truly motley crew. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"An elegant charting of the intersection of urban design and the ever-shifting conception and appreciation of happiness."
Canadian journalist Montgomery (The Shark God: Encounters with Ghosts and Ancestors in the South Pacific, 2006) explores the many ideas and movements seeking to change the structures and souls of our cities to make them more meaningful, heart-gladdening places. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Anyone who loves London and/or Paris will enjoy this book. In addition, there are plenty of new French phrases and interesting English terms to add to your lexicon."
Conlin (Civilisation, 2009, etc.) compares the two great cities and how they fed off each other's mores while they struggled toward modernization in the 18th and 19th centuries. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A lively account combining history and popular culture with guidelines for possible future collectors."
A leading Egyptologist explains how a 4,000-year-old culture continues to fascinate. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A detailed view of a mostly unknown business that touches the lives of everyone, whether or not they ever dragged a trash and/or recycle bin out to the curb."
The international recycling business comes under the probing and widely roaming yet ultimately friendly eye of a young journalist. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A well-rendered travelogue and a profound excursion into what it means to remember and forget."
Tragedy stalks the periphery of an acclaimed travel writer's eerily hypnotic journey deep into the heart of Colombia's most mysterious river. Read full book review >