Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 10)

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"A delightful memoir that offers a challenge to behavioral psychologists and inspiration for pet lovers."
The remarkable story of how a border collie achieved a mastery of human language on a par with chimpanzees and dolphins. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Meticulous history illuminated and animated by personal passion, carried aloft by volant prose."
The biographer of two great Romantics (Shelley and Coleridge) relates yet another romantic tale—the story of the human passion to fly up, up and away in a beautiful balloon. Read full book review >

PURE JOY by Danielle Steel
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 29, 2013

"Featherweight, loving moments of one woman and her many dogs. For Steel's fans and die-hard dog lovers."
The mega-selling novelist shares happy memories of her numerous dogs. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 28, 2013

"Knowledgeable, wise and compelling, Farmer's book uncovers the subtle and surprising webs connecting the social, cultural and natural worlds of California, and the planet."
How did the Golden State become green? Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Vigorous, erudite and eminently readable."
The dynamic historical account of a vibrantly complex European city and the legacy of social, political and economic liberalism it bequeathed to the Western world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"Warmly written, balanced but unsparing in its portraits, and culminating in a touching coda, Barr's persuasive book overcomes the occasional longueur to offer an enhanced appreciation of some groundbreaking cooks and their acolytes."
In his debut, Travel & Leisure editor Barr revisits a pivotal moment in culinary history with a brio and attention to detail that rivals that of his subjects. Read full book review >
THE DYNAMICS OF DISASTER by Susan W.  Kieffer
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 21, 2013

"Sharp, timely, slightly terrifying science writing."
Kieffer (Emerita, Geology/Univ. of Illinois) argues that all natural disasters that disrupt the Earth and its atmosphere are the result of a rapid shift in matter and energy that she calls a "change of state." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"The book provides back story for McMinn's blog, allowing a deeper, humorous look into the rewards and challenges of her rural life."
Romance writer McMinn's story of how she moved her family to a slanted little house in backwoods West Virginia following her divorce. Read full book review >
PATRICK LEIGH FERMOR by Artemis Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A solid biography that should introduce more readers to Leigh Fermor's work."
A fondly admiring account of the English wayfarer captures his enormously infectious spirit. Read full book review >
EMPIRE ANTARCTICA by Gavin Francis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A literate, stylish memoir of personal adventure rich in history, geography and science."
A highly readable, enjoyable account of one man's year serving as a doctor at Halley Research Station, the British Antarctic Survey's base on the Brunt Ice Shelf. Read full book review >
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 15, 2013

"A deeply felt book that will lead readers to other books that inspired it."
A sharply observed, occasionally overwritten collection of essays on the interrelationships of man and nature, of soul and place. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 14, 2013

"Pragmatic yet still beautiful and hopeful."
What happens when a man questioning religion goes looking for answers in a theocracy? Read full book review >