Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 3)

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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 18, 2014

"A searching, discomfiting journey yields an elegant, memorable report."
A bare-knuckle, adventure-filled journey in search of the answer to a half-century-old cold case: Whatever happened to Nelson Rockefeller's son, Michael? Read full book review >
DINOSAURS WITHOUT BONES by Anthony J. Martin
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 12, 2014

"Most scholarly attempts at comedy, including this one, make for a painful experience, but readers who can tolerate the relentlessly glib, jokey prose will learn a great deal about these fascinating, long-dead creatures."
Paleontologist Martin (Environmental Sciences/Emory Univ.; Life Traces of the Georgia Coast: Revealing the Unseen Lives of Plants and Animals, 2013, etc.) has written textbooks, but this is his first work for a popular audience, and his choice to use humor as an educational tool meets with mixed results. Read full book review >
EARTHQUAKE STORMS by John Dvorak
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 12, 2014

"Although almost entirely focused on California, this is a fine popular primer on the subject, lucidly written and no more technical than necessary."
A thoroughly rewarding explanation of earthquakes built around the famous San Andreas fault, which runs the length of California. Read full book review >