Nature & Travel Book Reviews (page 9)

THE GAP by Thomas Suddendorf
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"A fine example of science made accessible for general readers, combining history, personal anecdotes, clear accounts of research and a broad picture of human evolution."
A reader-friendly examination of the great gap that exists between human beings and the rest of the animal world and an explanation of how our minds came to be unique. Read full book review >
OWNING THE EARTH by Andro Linklater
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"Vast, evenhanded and worthy of rumination."
A pertinent, wide-ranging comparative study of the unleashing of the "monster" of private property, which has both enriched and enslaved populations. Read full book review >

OUT ON A LIMB by Benjamin Kilham
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 11, 2013

"A powerfully original study of bears."
Independent researcher Kilham (Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild, 2002) shares what he has learned over the decades about black bears and their society. Read full book review >
RUNNING WITH THE PACK by Mark Rowlands
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 6, 2013

"A delightful re-creation of a memorable experience with special appeal for runners, pet lovers and the philosophically inclined."
Rowlands (Philosophy/Univ. of Miami; The Philosopher and the Wolf: Lessons from the Wild on Love, Death, and Happiness, 2009, etc.) meditates on how running has brought him "in contact with the intrinsic value of life." Read full book review >
A THOUSAND HILLS TO HEAVEN by Josh Ruxin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A personal adventure tale with a serious message for those concerned with eradicating poverty."
The upbeat story of an American couple raising their three children in Rwanda and making a huge difference in the lives of thousands. Read full book review >

THE SECOND-CHANCE DOG by Jon Katz
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Bittersweet in its telling, Katz reminds readers of the importance of human and animal connections."
Best-selling author Katz (Going Home: Finding Peace When Pets Die, 2012, etc.) brings readers the intimate story of falling in love with a woman and her extremely protective pet dog. Read full book review >
THE FRACKERS by Gregory Zuckerman
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"A fascinating study of American entrepreneurial culture and the modern robber barons who succeeded in creating an energy revolution."
Award-winning Wall Street Journal columnist Zuckerman (The Greatest Trade Ever: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of How John Paulson Defied Wall Street and Made Financial History, 2009) calls drilling for shale gas and oil "one of the greatest energy revolutions in history." Read full book review >
BREATHLESS by Nancy K. Miller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 5, 2013

"Articulate, keen and satisfying."
A coming-of-age tale covering the author's 20s in Paris, where she studied, worked, lived on her own for the first time, fell in and out of love, and found solid ground beneath her feet. Read full book review >
THE NEW YORK NOBODY KNOWS by William B. Helmreich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"This book is pure joy; even the most dyed-in-the-wool New Yorker will learn something new about this vibrant city."
Native New Yorker and CUNY sociology professor Helmreich (What Was I Thinking?: The Dumb Things We Do and How to Avoid Them, 2011, etc.) investigates all five of the city's boroughs on foot, tracking the robust and ever-changing entanglements between New York and its inhabitants. Read full book review >
Almost an Army Cadet, always a Forester by K. C. Linggi
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"A sapling that could grow into a sturdy tree."
Vignettes of a Malaysian forestry worker's career with a timber company. Read full book review >
OCTOPUS! by Katherine Harmon Courage
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 31, 2013

"A pleasant, chatty book on a fascinating subject."
Scientific American associate editor Courage explains why the octopus has been beguiling humans for millennia, making an appearance in "creation myths, art, and, of course, cuisine." Read full book review >
THE SEA AND CIVILIZATION by Lincoln Paine
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 30, 2013

"A lucid, well-written survey that covers a lot of ground—well, of fathoms."
A sprawling, readable history of the world from the sailor's point of view—and not just on the oceans of the world, but also its lakes and rivers. Read full book review >