Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A passionate, emotional ode to the wonders of our dying planet and to those who, hopelessly or not, dedicate their lives to trying to save it."
A war journalist and mountaineering aficionado chronicles his global travels to witness the stakes of humanity's greatest battle: the destruction of our planet. Read full book review >
WHEN DEATH BECOMES LIFE by Joshua D. Mezrich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Medical memoirs have become a significant genre over the past two decades, and this one ranks near the top, in a class that includes arguably the best, Henry Marsh's Do No Harm (2015)."
An outstanding memoir by a transplant surgeon who combines an autobiography and operating room dramatics with an equally engrossing history of his profession. Read full book review >

CONFESSIONS OF A ROGUE NUCLEAR REGULATOR by Gregory B. Jaczko
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A cautionary tale with a matter-of-fact tone."
The political education of a scientist-turned-nuclear energy regulator. Read full book review >
CREATIVE CONSTRUCTION by Gary P. Pisano
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"A useful manual for fostering a sustainable culture of change."
How big companies can innovate. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 15, 2019

"Of considerable interest to investors in emerging economies as well as development specialists and policymakers."
Why have some nations become prosperous while others have remained poor—and in many cases poorer than half a century ago? Harvard Business School professor Christensen (The Power of Everyday Missionaries: The What and How of Sharing the Gospel, 2013, etc.) and colleagues venture some suggestive answers. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"In this incisive and illuminating study, the author shows how she appreciates the power of art, the power of the internet, and the intersection of the two."
Bridging scholarly research and street activism, this analysis shows how memes are so much more than an internet phenomenon. Read full book review >
BREAKING AND ENTERING by Jeremy N. Smith
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A page-turning real-life thriller, the sort of book that may leave readers feeling both invigorated and vulnerable."
A novelistic tech tale that puts readers on the front lines of cybersecurity. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"The research continues, and it will hopefully produce technological marvels (or maybe not). Meanwhile, readers will enjoy this enthusiastic introduction to a weird but genuine new form of matter."
An admirable popular account of the quasicrystal, an oddball arrangement of atoms that seems to contradict scientific laws. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"A reasonable argument directed at a lay audience, many of whom have already made up their minds."
A rational if somewhat unlikely strategy to reverse global warming using current technology and without self-denial. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"An occasionally choppy but intriguing and informative history of laser weapons."
A veteran science and technology writer delivers an insider's account of the military's obsession with laser weapons. Read full book review >
THE TRUTH ABOUT FAT by Anthony Warner
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Well-documented and accessible information and advice from an author who clearly loves food and cares about people."
The author of the Angry Chef blog seeks to expose lies and pretensions regarding fatness. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 8, 2019

"Essential reading for digital policymakers—and citizens seeking change in this arena."
The great promise of "cheap, unlimited connectivity" via fiber-optic cables. 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 >