Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 11)

THE BEST AMERICAN TRAVEL WRITING 2013 by Elizabeth Gilbert
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"The wonder continues in the fact that, regardless of subject, each story takes its place in the collection proudly and deservedly."
The latest installment of the travel-writing series upholds the tradition of world-expanding excellence. Read full book review >
ONE HUNDRED AND FOUR HORSES by Mandy Retzlaff
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"A poetic memoir for horse lovers and those interested in stories of triumph over adversity."
A moving account of one family's determination to save abandoned horses, despite the dangerous war that surrounded them. Read full book review >

THE MOUNTAIN by Ed Viesturs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 8, 2013

"The depth of feeling here and the writers' hard-earned experience elevate this volume above many other books in the popular "snow and ice" genre."
The world's most widely known high-altitude mountaineer reflects on his Everest career. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2013

"A quick, light book to keep around as a pick-me-up."
In her debut, former bookseller Stimson recounts relocating her family from St. Louis to the bucolic beauty of Vermont. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Béchard's adventurous travels in the Congo offer spice to this rich, complex account."
Journalist Béchard (Cures for Hunger: A Memoir, 2012, etc.), a foreign correspondent familiar with war zones, probes beneath headlines describing the Congo as "a country of such inhumanity that we find it incomprehensible" and finds another, more hopeful reality. Read full book review >

WHAT THE DOG KNOWS by Cat Warren
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Warren writes with verve and provides rare insight into our working partnership with canines."
How adopting a German shepherd puppy turned out to be life-changing for Warren (Science Journalism/North Carolina State Univ.). Read full book review >
FULL FATHOM FIVE by Gordon Chaplin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A call to action leavened by Chaplin's recollections of a long-gone way of life, when his parents were part of the Duke of Windsor's social set on the Bahamas and he was a young boy sharing in his father's adventures at sea."
When Chaplin (Research Associate/Academy of Natural Sciences; Dark Wind: A Survivor's Tale of Love and Loss, 1999, etc.) was invited to accompany an expedition to the Bahamas to see the coral reefs, he was overjoyed at the chance to relive boyhood memories. Read full book review >
AN AMERICAN BRIDE IN KABUL by Phyllis Chesler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"Intelligent, powerful and timely."
A renowned psychotherapist's richly compelling memoir about how her experiences as an Afghan man's wife shaped her as both a feminist and human rights activist. Read full book review >
THE BIG <i>NEW YORKER</i> BOOK OF CATS by The New Yorker
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"The quality, humor and variety make for another successful New Yorker collection."
A worthy follow-up to last year's Big New Yorker Book of Dogs. Read full book review >
COUNTDOWN by Alan Weisman
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"Some news is hopeful, and a few nations have taken action, so this is not a jeremiad but a realistic, vividly detailed exploration of the greatest problem facing our species."
Following up The World Without Us (2007), which explored how the Earth might heal from our depredations if humans became extinct, journalist Weisman writes a more conventional but equally astute analysis of how humans might avoid extinction. Read full book review >
THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD by J.B. MacKinnon
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 24, 2013

"An intriguing but uneven perspective on rewilding. If the image of a bit of lichen clinging to the slopes of a single mountain appeals to you as an apt metaphor for life on planet Earth, this book is for you."
An earnest but diffuse look at what we mean when we talk about nature and the natural world and why what we think about nature is important. Read full book review >
SIGHTLINES by Kathleen Jamie
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 17, 2013

"A lyrical work of profound insight."
A Scottish poet's eloquent meditations on nature and on the art of observing the world around her "even when there's nothing much to see." Read full book review >