Nature & Travel Book Reviews

A WINDOW ON ETERNITY by Edward O. Wilson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 22, 2014

"A big story about a small place with an ageless appreciation and discernment it would be criminal to ignore."
The rebirth of a premier nature reserve in Mozambique, recounted in a gentle storytelling style by noted Harvard entomologist Wilson (Letters to a Young Scientist, 2013, etc.). Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 22, 2014

"An engaging state of the union by an important leader in solar power."
Pioneering solar power entrepreneur Williams (Chasing the Sun: Solar Adventures Around the World, 2005) chronicles how he left journalism to become an advocate for the distribution of solar energy around the world. Read full book review >

THE KNOWLEDGE by Lewis Dartnell
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 21, 2014

"Read up, then—and keep the shotgun primed and the mason jars clean."
A survival manual for the zombie apocalypse, the plague or whatever else will bring us down and require a reboot of civilization. Read full book review >
HEMP BOUND by Doug Fine
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 20, 2014

"A short, sweet, logical and funny argument for the potential of one of the world's most dynamic cash crops."
What might come back along with legalized pot? Only one of the strongest, most versatile plants in the world: hemp. Read full book review >
AMERICAN SMOKE by Iain  Sinclair
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Melding reportage and memoir, this gossipy, idiosyncratic cultural history offers a fresh, unvarnished look at an eccentric, brash and dynamic cast of literary rebels."
An intrepid British writer takes to the road in search of the Beats. Read full book review >

HOME SWEET ANYWHERE by Lynne Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"Though the dialogue has its wooden moments, this is, on the whole, an accessible, inspiring journey."
How Martin and her husband sold their house and became full-time international wayfarers. Read full book review >
STILWATER by Rafael de Grenade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"A vivid, sweeping chronicle of the Australian Outback, as told by a lover of the land and its native fauna."
Rhapsodic meditation on country life by an American rancher in Australia. Read full book review >
LOST AND FOUND IN JOHANNESBURG by Mark Gevisser
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 15, 2014

"An often moving account of the ways we navigate our emotional and geographical landscapes."
A journalist and author from Johannesburg uses maps to retrace the boundaries of his boyhood, the dimensions of apartheid and the geography of imagination. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 15, 2014

"Centrifugal and sometimes hard to follow but always interesting, tracing the intersection of art, the environment, geography and politics."
Art historian and social critic Lippard (On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art, and Place, 1999, etc.) turns in another trademark work of inductive cultural tourism. Read full book review >
THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS by Janine M. Benyus
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 15, 2014

"Most of us will never go on a safari, but with Benyus' guidance, supplemented with more than 200 charming illustrations, a visit to the zoo can be educational and provide thrills galore—and we can play an important role by observing that the animals are being properly treated."
Nature writer Benyus (Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, 1997, etc.) defends the value of zoos even though scarcely 10 percent meet the standard for accreditation by the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums. Read full book review >
CHASING THE ROSE by Andrea di Robilant
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 10, 2014

"A quiet country pleasure."
A historian's account of how he uncovered the identity of a mysterious wild rose growing on the old farming estate of an illustrious Venetian ancestor. Read full book review >
THE GALÁPAGOS by Henry Nicholls
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A fascinating overview of the natural and human history of this remarkable archipelago, from prehistoric times to the present."
"Hardly a day goes by that I do not think about these wonderful islands," writes Nicholls (The Way of the Panda: The Curious History of China's Political Animal, 2011, etc.), combining natural history and an impassioned plea for maintaining the pristine ecology of the Galápagos Islands, home to more than 4,000 native species. Read full book review >