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 >
POISON SPRING by E.G. Vallianatos
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: April 8, 2014

"Readers of this overheated but often on-the-mark polemic will conclude that the safest tactic is organic food and a fly swatter."
"We spend our lives living in a chemical soup," writes Vallianatos (This Land Is Their Land: How Corporate Farms Threaten the World, 2006, etc.), who was a risk evaluator for the Environment Protection Agency from 1979 to 2004. With Jenkins (Journalism/Univ. of Delaware; What's Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World, 2011), he excoriates the agency for routinely yielding to outside pressure in regulating pesticides and other environmental pollutants. Read full book review >
CITIZEN CANINE by David Grimm
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A challenging notion that fails to adequately address the implicit downgrading of our broader responsibilities as citizens."
Science deputy news editor Grimm (Journalism/Johns Hopkins Univ.) looks at the pros and cons of granting citizenship to our pets—a far-out idea, to be sure, but one gaining traction with some on the fringe of the animal rights movement. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"This worthwhile little tome packs a wallop consisting of equal portions of healthy education and pertinent entertainment."
A breezy yet highly informative trek through our plasticized world coupled with tips for reducing plastic from your life. Read full book review >
THE BOOM by Russell Gold
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: April 8, 2014

"A cleareyed and mostly neutral study of the price of America's energy addictions."
An insider's guide to the most controversial energy-production technique in the United States. Read full book review >