Reviews

Silence

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019. $27, 320 pages. The ideal way to read Jane Brox’s books, which consider human interaction with the environment over long stretches of time, is during some kind Continue reading

Underland

W. W. Norton & Company, 2019. $27.95, 384 pages. UNDERGROUND is a direction in Cartesian space. Underworld is a domain of myth. Underland is an actual, breathable place below Earth’s surface, Continue reading

The Last Whalers

Little, Brown & Company, 2019. $15.99, 368 pages. Consider the experience of sitting in a darkened theater to watch a show, where the artistry on stage cooks up a bit of Continue reading

Amity and Prosperity

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018. $27, 336 pages. IN 2007, while crossing a Nigerian river atop a steel drum because a nearby bridge had collapsed, Eliza Griswold recalled the Interstate 35W Continue reading

Atlas of Poetic Botany

The MIT Press, 2018. $24.95, 128 pages. ATLAS OF POETIC BOTANY is a hand-drawn collection of plants from equatorial rainforests that have sometimes strange but often beautiful and surprising characteristics, like Continue reading