Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 4)

SEVEN FLOWERS by Jennifer Potter
HISTORY
Released: March 6, 2014

"Though Potter is occasionally too thorough in her information, anyone who has ever planted a seed or loved a flower can appreciate the author's knowledge and devotion."
Botanical writer Potter (The Rose, 2011) examines the rich history of "the flowers of healing; of delirium and death; of purity and passion; of greed, envy and virtue; of hope and consolation; of the beauty that drives men wild." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"The descriptions of the various sites on the grounds could only come from a man fortunate enough to have lived on and loved the site for almost 40 years."
Versailles head gardener and TV host Baraton reflects on his three decades tending some of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A mellifluous portrait of a country slowly and painfully pulling itself into the European world."
Swedish-born philanthropist and Granta publisher Rausing offers an intimate look at the devastations of communism in Estonia. Read full book review >
CATHEDRAL OF THE WILD by Boyd Varty
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"He's no Isak Dinesen, but Varty writes for a stirring cause."
Scion of a South African wildlife preserve recounts somewhat canned yet poignant memories of growing up in the wild. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 4, 2014

"A fact-filled and amusing trek through nature's dark side that adroitly combines learning and the yuck factor."
The host of Animal Planet's Monsters Inside Me explores the world of parasites and their human hosts. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Thorough research provides fascinating insight into the sweet business of maple syrup."
An inside look at the maple syrup industry. Read full book review >
FALLING IN HONEY by Jennifer Barclay
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Light and lively reading with an understated edge."
A peripatetic 30-something Englishwoman's account of how a Greek island "got under [her] skin" and showed her the way to contented self-direction. Read full book review >
THE BROKEN ROAD by Patrick Leigh Fermor
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"Incomplete but lovely nonetheless. Admirers of Fermor's writing will not be disappointed."
A posthumous completion of an adventure British author and adventurer Fermor (1915-2011) began more than 70 years ago: a walk from Holland to Istanbul. Read full book review >
MEDICINE DOG by Julia Szabo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A gutsy, consciousness-raising book about fistulas, dogs and stem cell therapy."
One woman's frank medical memoir about saving her dogs and herself. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2014

"A pleasure to read. Wall's bittersweet story of human kindness has universal appeal."
Serendipitous life lessons from an unexpected source. Read full book review >
BEASTS by Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 4, 2014

"A compelling, unsettling, provocative examination of the relation of beast to man."
Masson (The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving: How Dogs Have Captured Our Hearts for Thousands of Years, 2010, etc.) explores evolutionary history and the animal kingdom for the origins of human violence. Read full book review >
THE MAP OF ENOUGH by Molly Caro May
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"May's poetic, gleaming prose makes palpable the wildness and wind, freezing and thawing earth, delicate fragrances of grass and budding trees—and her own profound transformation."
In an impressive debut memoir, a self-proclaimed "Woman of the World" chronicles her journey to find a home. Read full book review >