Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 6)

THE SIXTH EXTINCTION by Elizabeth Kolbert
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 11, 2014

"A highly significant eye-opener rich in facts and enjoyment."
New Yorker staff writer Kolbert (Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change, 2006, etc.) returns with a deft examination of the startling losses of the sixth mass extinction occurring at this moment and the sobering, underlying cause: humans. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Though the scope of the book is small and the style conversational, Kingsley renders the quality and complexity of life in Denmark with an outsider's fresh perspective and a journalist's sharp instincts."
A book so engagingly written and incisively reported that it will make readers who have never given a second thought to Denmark give at least passing thought to moving there. Read full book review >

FALLING INTO PLACE by Catherine Reid
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"As a self-conscious writer and ardent environmentalist, Reid makes fine company for those who share her passions, yet there's little trace of humor, self-deprecating or otherwise, that might broaden her circle of readers."
An uneven collection of sharply observed and deeply pondered essays, mainly on the environment but informed by the author's perspective as a Quaker and a lesbian. Read full book review >
PARIS LETTERS by Janice MacLeod
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"A romantic romp from Santa Monica to Paris with loads of advice on how to live minimally and take risks in life and love."
The story of an advertising copywriter in California who found love in Paris and turned letter writing into art. Read full book review >
AN EXPLORER'S NOTEBOOK by Tim Flannery
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Feb. 4, 2014

"Accessible, provocative and well worth investigating."
An eminent Australian scientist and environmentalist's collection of 33 highly readable essays and book reviews published between 1985 and 2012.  Read full book review >

WINDFALL by McKenzie Funk
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 29, 2014

"A well-written, useful global profile emphasizing concrete solutions rather than ideological abstractions."
A shocking account of how governments and corporations are confronting the crises caused by global warming. Read full book review >
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 28, 2014

"A solid popular examination of our most vital natural resource."
A lucid primer on water technology. Read full book review >
DANUBIA by Simon Winder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 21, 2014

""Was it inherent in the destruction of the Habsburg Empire," Winder wonders in closing, "that Nazism would result?" It's a meaningful question, one of many that Winder raises in this lucid, often entertaining historical travelogue."
Offbeat portrait of the lost past of Central Europe, ruled by the dull but dependable Habsburg dynasty. Read full book review >
FLYOVER LIVES by Diane Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2014

"The unfailing deftness of the prose makes this book a pleasure."
A European's challenge inspires a family history. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 14, 2014

"Marshall's clear, direct book ably captures the frustrations of trying to find the healthiest path and inspiring kids to do the same."
Teaching kids "to learn the simple pleasures of the table and to appreciate the taste of real food." Read full book review >
STRINGER by Anjan Sundaram
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"Books by journalists usually keep the focus outward, but Sundaram has more of a novelist's interior sensibility and a talent for describing anxiety and ennui. Readers may be tempted to compare him to Conrad and Naipaul, but he has a strong, unique style all his own."
The former Associated Press stringer in Kinshasa details his year of living dangerously amid the chaos of post-Mobutu Congo. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 7, 2014

"A somewhat strident but important call to action."
Blue Planet Project founder Barlow (Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water, 2008, etc.) reports on a significant victory in the fight to establish the human right to water but warns that there is much left to do. Read full book review >