Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 7)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Marshall's clear, direct book ably captures the frustrations of trying to find the healthiest path and inspiring kids to do the same."
Teaching kids "to learn the simple pleasures of the table and to appreciate the taste of real food." Read full book review >
STRINGER by Anjan Sundaram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety and ennui. Readers may be tempted to compare him to Conrad and Naipaul, but he has a strong, unique style all his own."
The former Associated Press stringer in Kinshasa details his year of living dangerously amid the chaos of post-Mobutu Congo. Read full book review >

CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A somewhat strident but important call to action."
Blue Planet Project founder Barlow (Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, 2008, etc.) reports on a significant victory in the fight to establish the human right to water but warns that there is much left to do. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A well-written, compelling read begging for a warm fireside and a hot cup of cocoa."
Polar explorer Jarvis (Mawson: Life and Death in Antarctica, 2008, etc.) takes on the re-creation of one of the most difficult treks imaginable. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An intriguing window into the ongoing academic debate about evolution."
An evolutionary biologist disputes the hegemonic theory of how animals have populated the planet, challenging prevailing assumptions about the time frame in which species separations necessarily occurred. Read full book review >

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A grim reminder of the many "reasons why species should be preserved.""
A shocking account of how the passenger pigeon, a bird found only in North America, became extinct. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"An entertaining and informative memoir/self-help guide to living well on locally grown food."
One woman's experiment to eat only local foods. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 6, 2014

"A treat for anyone craving a point-by-point narration of how living off the land plays out for this former urban restaurateur-turned-cheese maker/farmer. "
Creating a feast for friends from the bounty of your farm takes a variety of skills and plenty of dedication. In his second memoir, chef and author Timmermeister (Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land, 2012) chronicles the long journey of a farm-to-table meal. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 16, 2013

"An intriguing academic book best read in conjunction with Walden."
Thorson (Geology/Univ. of Connecticut; Beyond Walden: The Hidden History of America's Kettle Lake and Ponds, 2009, etc.) follows up his earlier work by establishing Henry David Thoreau's own scientific credentials. Read full book review >
IN THE LAND OF OZ by Howard Jacobson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"Witty, at times self-deprecating, and always shrewdly observant, Jacobson offers a wry, revealing portrait of a land and its people."
A sharp-eyed British traveler recalls his greatest adventure. Read full book review >
MY VENICE AND OTHER ESSAYS by Donna Leon
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An uneven collection showing Leon to be a cranky, though sometimes witty and insightful, critic of her times."
An American mystery writer reveals a new character: herself. Read full book review >
BADLUCK WAY by Bryce Andrews
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"An evocative, poetic account of rugged terrain, the men and animals who inhabited it, and the complex realities of sustainable agriculture."
A coming-of-age memoir that illuminates the pleasures and problems of running a conservation-oriented sheep and cattle ranch. Read full book review >