Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE INCURABLE ROMANTIC by Frank Tallis
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Moving, at times disturbing, and revealing—like having a productive, revelatory discussion with a trusted friend."
A veteran clinical psychologist in the U.K. recounts some of his cases involving those tormented by Cupid, Eros, and all the other love gods who meddle in our affairs. Read full book review >
HEART by Sandeep Jauhar
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"Another in the everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about genre, but a superior example."
A cardiologist writes on his favorite organ. Read full book review >

CALL OF THE REED WARBLER by Charles Massy
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A solid case for taking better care of the ground on which we stand."
An Australian sheepherder and range specialist looks at his home's biotic communities and how to improve their health with a more thoughtful kind of agriculture. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"There's lots to ponder in Cox's geekily entertaining exploration of how we acquire our voices and understand those of others."
A lucid look at the science behind human communication. Read full book review >
SAFELY TO EARTH by Jack Clemons
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A narrative rocket-powered by experience, intelligence, knowledge, and gratitude."
An engineer and software manager who worked on both the Apollo and space shuttle flights rehearses some behind-the-scenes activity during the decades he worked with NASA. Read full book review >

HOW TO INVENT EVERYTHING by Ryan North
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"A friendly and thought-provoking reference, just the thing for the bright kid in the family, to say nothing of the neighborhood time traveler."
You've got a time machine. Now what? This good-natured, sharp user's manual has plenty of solid suggestions for building a world that works. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 18, 2018

"An indispensable work of popular psychology and sociology."
A simultaneously frothy and substantive tour of female sexual desire. Read full book review >
THE ART OF LOGIC IN AN ILLOGICAL WORLD by Eugenia Cheng
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Though full of pauses, second glances, and head-scratches, this is a very welcome primer in logical thinking."
Logic helps people build bridges to understanding. But what if people don't want those bridges? Aha, says this entertaining guide: There's a meta-problem for you…. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"An intriguing history. Look for mines and ray guns on the final frontier, for, as the authors conclude, 'what a country funds is what that country prioritizes.'"
An exploration of the bonds, fiscal and intellectual, between science and the military. Read full book review >
VAQUITA by Brooke Bessesen
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"A well-told and moving tale of environmentalism and conservation."
With strong feelings and a world of facts, a naturalist and wildlife researcher tells of the fight to save one critically endangered marine mammal. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"The business-minded should appreciate the focus and precision of this brisk overview, while readers in search of more informative conceptual arguments about the industry and its geopolitical implications should look elsewhere."
A biopicworthy corporate scandal paired with a recent financial history of the fracking industry. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 11, 2018

"Good fun for fossil freaks."
An intriguing story of dinosaur smuggling. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >