| Jun 20, 2010
There's a Calvinist streak marbling the fat of any good American eater: One hand giveth and the other taketh away. I should. I shouldn't. Pleasure and pain. I want it but I shouldn't have it. This is a good time to reflect on just how American our...
| Jul 4, 2010
Deep Blue Home
An Intimate Ecology of Our Wild Ocean
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: 256 pp., $24
Julia Whitty has a way of observing nature that is not self-referential. She writes with humor, reverence, true curiosity and an unfettered...
| Feb 28, 2010
There's a fault line opening in John McPhee. After 28 books and countless essays, he is giving us, bit by bit, a more personal sense of who he is. In a recent, beautiful piece for the New Yorker, he combined an essay on pickerel with memories of his...
| Feb 6, 2011
The View from Lazy Point
A Natural Year in an Unnatural World
Henry Holt: 416 pp., $30
"The View from Lazy Point" is a naturalist's notebook, a record of a year at Carl Safina's home on the Sound side of eastern Long Island, north of...
| Jul 17, 2011
Making Supper Safe
Why We've Lost Trust in Our Food and How We Can Get It Back
Rodale: 265 pp., $24.99
The statistics are shocking: "More than 200,000 Americans are sickened by food every day, and each year 325,000 of us will be...