Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: Nov. 15, 2018

"A strong contribution to the history of modern science."
Of psy-ops, seismic detection, and other emanations of the Cold War as it was conducted in petri dishes and cyclotrons. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"So why did all those critters go extinct? MacPhee suggests rather than asserts, but his book, featuring beautiful illustrations from Schouten, adds thoughtful fuel to a scholarly debate that shows no signs of ending."
Working the "borderland between archeology and paleontology," a paleomammalogist examines a suite of causes for the extinction of large animals during the late Pleistocene. Read full book review >

GODS AND ROBOTS by Adrienne Mayor
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A collection of wondrous tales that present ancient myths as the proto-science fiction stories they are."
A fascinating unpacking of ancient myths that feature robots and other lifelike beings, some of which bear an eerie resemblance to modern technology. Read full book review >
EINSTEIN'S MONSTERS by Chris Impey
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Readers who remember freshman college physics or astronomy will have an easier time, but few will regret encountering such irresistible astrophysical wonders."
A lucid tour of "the best known and least understood objects in the universe." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"An invigorating bit of future-trend prognosticating, generally positive, if warning direly of global gridlock if trends continue. Urban planners, architects, and transportation activists will definitely want to take note."
"In just a few years, all cars will be partially or fully autonomous." Are we hapless drivers ready? Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Somewhere between science fiction and science fact, there's a wide range of possibility concerning life in the great unknown."
A conversational exploration of the possibility of life beyond Earth. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Full of insight into human character, von Hippel's book provides a stimulating program for measuring success without material yardsticks."
Forget gold toilets and private jets. The key to happiness may just lie in a cheeseburger—or a sandbox. Read full book review >
THE MYSTERY OF THE EXPLODING TEETH by Thomas Morris
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"Amusing and often painful items best taken in small doses."
A Ripley-esque collection of "compellingly disgusting, hilarious, or downright bizarre" medical oddities. Read full book review >
THE CURSE OF BIGNESS by Tim Wu
Released: Nov. 13, 2018

"A valuable briefing on an underappreciated business problem, but it could use a bit of Roosevelt's hard-nosed attitude."
Should Amazon and Google be broken up like Standard Oil? Yes, argues legal scholar Wu (Columbia Law School; The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads, 2016, etc.), but breaking up is hard to do. Read full book review >
OIL, POWER, AND WAR by Matthieu Auzanneau
Released: Nov. 8, 2018

"Though lending itself to debate, this book is of considerable interest to students of energy economics, geopolitics, and modern history."
Thoroughgoing, politically charged study of the role of fossil fuels in world history. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"For specialists and military readers."
A look at autonomous weapons, especially in combination with advanced artificial intelligence, and their long-range implications for the future of the human race. Read full book review >
THE RE-ORIGIN OF SPECIES by Torill Kornfeldt
Released: Nov. 6, 2018

"Wondrous tales of futuristic science experiments that happen to be true."
A survey of cutting-edge research projects designed to resurrect extinct species. 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 >