Science & Technology Book Reviews

LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"One of those books you can't put down, don't want to finish, and won't soon forget."
Beguiled at an early age by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, Dean (English/Univ. of Tennessee; The Time It Takes to Fall, 2007) deftly chronicles the history of American spaceflight and what the end of the space program means for American culture.Read full book review >
ELON MUSK by Ashlee Vance
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 19, 2015

"Despite Vance's best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients."
A look at aerospace/automotive mogul Elon Musk. Read full book review >

FAITH VERSUS FACT by Jerry A. Coyne
RELIGION
Released: May 19, 2015

"Deeply religious readers may not even pick it up, but this is an important book that deserves an open-minded readership."
A scientist assails superstition and irrationality. Read full book review >
THE WELL-TUNED BRAIN by Peter C. Whybrow
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 18, 2015

"'To reshape the future we need first to better understand and reshape ourselves,' writes Whybrow, and he offers a running start."
Whybrow (Director, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior/UCLA; American Mania: When More Is Not Enough, 2005) addresses significant issues related to the navigation toward a more meaningful life.Read full book review >
THE BURNING ANSWER by Keith Barnham
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 15, 2015

"An admirable addition to the growing genre maintaining that global warming may not lead to Armageddon."
Humans once obtained all energy directly from the sun and will do so again, writes Barnham (Emeritus, Physics/Imperial Coll. London) in an optimistic, heavily science-based polemic. Read full book review >

THE THIRTEENTH STEP by Markus Heilig
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: May 12, 2015

"An informative and compassionate chronicle of Heilig's own growth as a physician and researcher."
Heilig sums up what he has learned during his 20 years as a physician and researcher in the treatment of alcohol and other addictive disorders. Read full book review >
TOMORROWLAND by Steven Kotler
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 12, 2015

"An insightful overview of the many ways technology has caught, if not surpassed, our wildest dreams—and it shows no signs of stopping."
An examination of the scientific and technologic developments that have transformed fantasy into reality. Read full book review >
THE SOUL OF AN OCTOPUS by Sy Montgomery
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: May 12, 2015

"A fascinating glimpse into an alien consciousness."
Naturalist Montgomery (Birdology, 2010, etc.) chronicles her extraordinary experience bonding with three octopuses housed in the New England Aquarium and the small group of people who became devoted to them.Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: May 11, 2015

"A bright, informative resource for readers seeking to understand science through the eyes of the men and women who shaped its history."
The prolific author of the Story of the World series explores the history of science through the prism of key scientific texts. Read full book review >
MOVE by Rosabeth Moss Kanter
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: May 11, 2015

"A busy yet passionately motivating call for action."
Harvard Business School professor and prolific author Kanter (SuperCorp: How Vanguard Companies Create Innovation, Profits, Growth, and Social Good, 2009) examines the degrading conditions and increasing inefficiency of American transportation networks.Read full book review >
BIBLIOTECH by John Palfrey
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 5, 2015

"A significant wake-up call to increase citizens' access to knowledge and culture, which requires both public awareness and financial support."
Palfrey (Head of School/Phillips Andover Academy; Intellectual Property Strategy, 2011, etc.) reports on his progress setting up the Digital Public Library of America and argues that in the digital era, public libraries are more necessary than ever before.Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: May 5, 2015

"New science or a leap of faith? Either way, nurturing spirituality in your children may save them a world of pain."
A reassuring and instructive lesson in spiritual parenting that strives, but only partially succeeds, to cement the link between science and spirituality. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Jodi Picoult and Samantha van Leer
authors of OFF THE PAGE
May 19, 2015

Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. In bestseller Jodi Picoult and her daughter Samantha van Leer’s new young adult novel, Off the Page, it’s a miracle that seems perfect at first—but there are complications. To exist in Delilah’s world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver’s role in the pages of Delilah’s favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. We talk to the mother-daughter team on Kirkus TV. View video >