Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"Space-program aficionados will gobble the details like snack chips, and all should be grateful to see Abbey, a deserving man, step out from the shadows."
A highly detailed history of the American space program focusing on the contributions of George Abbey (b. 1932), who held various key administrative positions at NASA. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 15, 2018

"For armchair conservationists, an expertly guided trip into remote landscapes that will hopefully spur much-needed action."
A field biologist seeks to understand how creatures living in the planet's extremes are coping with climate change. Read full book review >

NODDING OFF by Alice Gregory
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Readers looking for help on sleep problems should consult one of the books Gregory recommends. Those who are merely curious will learn fascinating details of what scientists know about sleep, including its familiar and bizarre disorders, and how they are learning more."
A British sleep expert provides an overview of what we know about sleep, which turns out to be quite a lot and also not enough. Read full book review >
THE TANGLED TREE by David Quammen
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A consistently engaging collection of vivid portraits of brilliant, driven, quarrelsome scientists in the process of dramatically altering the fundamentals of evolution, illuminated by the author's insightful commentary.
A masterful history of a new field of molecular biology that has wide-ranging implications regarding "human identity, human individuality, [and] human health." Read full book review >
BITWISE by David Auerbach
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An eye-opening look at computer technology and its discontents and limitations."
"We don't think right for our world today," writes programmer and technology writer Auerbach—and putting computers to work solving that fundamental problem is not a panacea. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"The best introduction so far to one of the most controversial elements of 21st-century evolutionary science."
A fascinating journey into the relatively new field of epigenetics, which "has a great deal to add to the overall understanding of the history of life, beginning with the origin of the first living species itself." Read full book review >
READER, COME HOME by Maryanne Wolf
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An accessible, well-researched analysis of the impact of literacy."
A cognitive neuroscientist considers the effect of digital media on the brain. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A successful if disturbing argument that there is more to sand than meets the eye."
A fresh history of "the most important solid substance on Earth, the literal foundation of modern civilization." Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Although a bit dry in spots, Adamson's crafty enthusiasm is infectious."
The impact and significance of the objects we shape and live with. Read full book review >
TICKER by Mimi Swartz
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Swartz is a witty, savvy, seasoned journalist, and she offers a welcome history of significant medical advances."
The legacy of heart-saving innovations viewed through the eyes of pioneering cardiologists. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Once again, Ananthaswamy delivers a book that has all the intrigue of science fiction while remaining rooted in the scientific real, however bizarre. A fantastic book for anyone interested in the quantum and what it reveals about the world around us."
A thrilling survey of the most famous, enduring, and enigmatic experiment in the history of science. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 1, 2018

"A vivid portrait of 1920s American aviation, whose dazzling technical progress could never keep up with the dangerously adventurous fliers who tested the limits of their fragile craft and often died in the process."
A page-turning account of "the precarious, pioneering flights to Hawaii" during the late 1920s. 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 >