Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 5)

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 >
HISTORY
Released: March 1, 2014

"A delightful book, fun to read and share—green thumb not required."
From award-winning history and science writer Kassinger (Paradise Under Glass: An Amateur Creates a Conservatory Garden, 2010, etc.), an informal, entertaining account of how early researchers discovered how plants work and what scientists are still learning about plants today. Read full book review >

THE EXTREME LIFE OF THE SEA by Stephen R. Palumbi
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: March 1, 2014

"A sparkling appreciation of the wonderful variety of marine life that also communicates an important message."
An exploration of the sea, "our most fertile stage, populated by wonderfully colorful characters acting out their lives in a daily drama." Read full book review >
THE HORSE LOVER by H. Alan Day
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"A fresh, occasionally biting report from the early days of a mustang sanctuary."
With the assistance of literary publicist and author Sneyd, rancher Day (co-author, with sister Sandra Day O'Connor: Lazy B: Growing Up on a Cattle Ranch in the American Southwest, 2002, etc.) delivers a lively report of his four years tending 1,500 unadoptable wild mustangs. Read full book review >
THE GRAY NOTEBOOK by Joseph Pla
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2014

"A classic. Readers who travel to the Costa Brava will truly feel what Pla has written."
Pla (1897-1981) is considered one of the greatest writers of Catalan language, and this beautiful translation lets English readers glory in the quiet strength of his words. Read full book review >

The Shameless Full Moon, Travels in Africa by Carol Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 25, 2014

"A tender love letter to the plateau continent. "
Miller, a Mexico-based American journalist, celebrates Africa in this compelling travel memoir. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Ably directs readers back to the primary works of Thoreau and his contemporaries."
Delving into the observations of people around Thoreau, such as family, other transcendentalists and townspeople, as well as the famed writer's works, Sims (The Story of Charlotte's Web: E.B. White's Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic, 2011, etc.) aims to flesh out this uniquely American genius. Read full book review >
RUSSIANS by Gregory Feifer
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"Dark but skillfully painted pictures at an exhibition."
Former NPR Moscow correspondent Feifer (The Great Gamble: The Soviet War in Afghanistan, 2009) returns with an analysis of the Russian character derived from his family history and many years of research and travels. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 18, 2014

"A story of infrastructure told on a human scale and a trenchant reminder that the modern metropolis comes with high risks and savage costs."
Sprawling account of a preventable tragedy during the gigantic cleanup of Boston Harbor. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 14, 2014

"Wisdom and experience permeate this perceptive and understatedly well-written meditation."
A self-proclaimed contrarian and octogenarian cancer survivor finds renewal in the prospect of death while raising issues that challenge science and religion alike. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"Regardless of readers' culinary proclivities, Martin's lively book poses timely questions while offering tasty solutions."
Digging into the latest culinary trend, "entomophagist," or bug-eating expert, Martin expounds upon the "ecological, nutritional, economic, global and culinary" benefits of consuming insects. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"The events at Fukushima provided a graphic warning of the dangers posed by nuclear power; the most important question asked by this book is, what will be done about them?"
Technical reports written by committee are almost always dull affairs; this is an exception. Read full book review >