Explore America’s Most Scenic Places in DK Eyewitness’s ‘USA National Parks: Lands of Wonder’ [REVIEW]

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Break out your backpack. We’re going on a trip. (Photo courtesy Canva)

Publishers seem to be on an “America” theme lately, as you may have noticed from our recent reviews. With it being an election year—added to the fact that we’re all being encouraged to stay in place as much as possible due to the pandemic—we suppose it’s only natural for the literary world to start examining what’s close to home. Since most of us seem to be battling an intense case of wanderlust, the latest book by DK Eyewitness couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Get ready to explore USA National Parks: Lands of Wonder.

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THE COPPER ROAD: Seven Questions for Richard Buxton [INTERVIEW]

Richard Buxton reimagines the Civil War in his series, Shire’s Union. (Photo courtesy Canva/Ocoee Publishing/Richard Buxton)

Gone with the Wind. Gods and Generals. Cold Mountain. North and South. There is no shortage of novels about the Civil War. But few capture our imagination like Richard Buxton, one of England’s rising literary stars. With the release of the second volume in his Shire’s Union series, The Copper Road, we sit down with the author to discover why he’s so fascinated with American history and how it compares to events that are taking place today. Enjoy the interview! —J&H

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‘The Song of the Jade Lily’ Will Resonate With Readers for Years to Come [REVIEW]

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Shanghai holds the secrets to one family’s past in Kirsty Manning’s The Song of the Jade Lily. (Photo by Bouzouke, Flickr)

A tragic past. Long buried family secrets. As one woman searches for the truth, her quest for answers will lead her from Australia to distant Shanghai. What she finds there will change her life forever. Discover the beauty and majesty of Kirsty Manning’s The Song of the Jade Lily. Read more of this post

National Geographic’s ‘100 Dives of a Lifetime’ Makes Us Appreciate This Rock We Call Home [REVIEW]

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Braving the cold, a diver swims beneath Antarctica’s ice. (Photo by Laurent Ballesta, National Geographic Creative)

I am a child of the sea. From the time I was a little boy and my parents would take me to the beach in Los Angeles, I loved everything about the ocean: the smell of tangy salt air, watching the waves crash against the shore, sailing across its tides, swimming against the current, and exploring all the life that makes its home there. The oceans of the world rejuvenate and fascinate me, which is why I’ll never forget the first time I slipped on my goggles and saw a whole new world fathoms below the surface. Now National Geographic is giving all of us a glimpse into this aquatic wonderland in its breathtaking new book, 100 Dives of a Lifetime: The World’s Ultimate Underwater Destinations.  Read more of this post

‘Going Into Town’ Celebrates Everything We Love (and Love to Hate) About New York City [REVIEW]

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In Roz Chast’s love letter to New York, Going Into Town, she reminisces about everything we love and loathe about the Big Apple, including its wildlife. (Illustration by Roz Chast)

From the very first time I stepped foot in New York City as a teenager, I’m one of those people who is simply crazy about the place. I love everything about it: from the sidewalk food vendors to the mom-and-pop coffee shops, from Little Italy and Chinatown to Wall Street and Battery Park. There’s a palpable energy there that throbs with life, like an irresistible rhythm that simply invades my soul, and I feel it every time I arrive. Now author and cartoonist Roz Chast captures every nuance of that experience in her love letter to Manhattan, Going Into Town.  Read more of this post