Science & Technology Book Reviews

EATING PROMISCUOUSLY by James McWilliams
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"McWilliams presents a solid argument, though it is not as radical or inspiring as he may have hoped, and the book could use more focused attention on creating the ideal world the author envisions.
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A food writer and historian argues that humans would be healthier with a more diverse diet. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Once again, Kakalios makes physics relatable, this time demonstrating how profoundly its principles enable our way of life."
A renowned physicist and science popularizer explains the principles underlying technologies that comprise the modern mundane. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Illuminating and entertaining—heady science written for a lay readership, bringing scaling theory and kindred ideas to a large audience."
From a dean of complexity theory comes a sharp consideration of the pace and pattern of life in a universe of "complex adaptive systems." Read full book review >
<i>APOLLO 8</i> by Jeffrey Kluger
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An enjoyable retelling of one of the momentous American achievements that made the moon landing possible."
How NASA defeated the Soviets in the space race by becoming the first country to send three astronauts on a flight to the moon despite what might have been a disastrous setback. Read full book review >
GROWING A REVOLUTION by David R. Montgomery
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Montgomery's fascinating exposé of how our food is grown will convince readers that soil health should not remain an under-the-radar issue and that we all benefit from embracing a new philosophy of farming."
An optimistic look at how regenerative farming can revive the world's soil, increasing food production, boosting cost effectiveness, and slowing climate change. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"Prum writes that his goal was to present the 'full, distinctive richness, complexity, and diversity of this aesthetic view of life.' He absolutely succeeds, though fierce debate will continue among evolutionary biologists."
A robust defense of Charles Darwin's aesthetic theory of evolution. Read full book review >
ALIENS by Jim al-Khalili
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 9, 2017

"An incisive and fun collection packed with mind-expanding ideas about our universe and ourselves."
In a series of 20 essays detailing cutting-edge scientific data and theories, renowned researchers expound on the possibility—or probability?—of extraterrestrial intelligence. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An encyclopedic reference for researchers and practitioners but also accessible for general readers due to Rosen's lively depiction of the people, places, and politics that color the history of the fight against infectious disease."
A richly documented history of the rise—and threatened future—of antibiotics. Read full book review >
WE HAVE NO IDEA by Jorge Cham
NON-FICTION
Released: May 9, 2017

"An entertaining and educational review for anyone seeking to brush up on or build his or her knowledge—or, perhaps better, lack of knowledge."
How did we end up in "a nonbland universe full of structure" instead of somewhere else? No one can yet say: that's the organizing principle of this lively, agnostic book on physics and its discontents. Read full book review >
TINKER DABBLE DOODLE TRY by Srini Pillay
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"While it may be unfair to complain that a book on the benefits of 'unfocusing' suffers from a lack of focus, Pillay's constant jumping from one suggestion to another, many of which seem off-topic, makes the book less useful than it could be."
A combination of self-help and theoretical science that suggests learning to "unfocus" may be the key to living a more productive life. Read full book review >
BEHAVE by Robert M. Sapolsky
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"An exemplary work of popular science, challenging but accessible."
A wide-ranging, learned survey of all the making-us-tick things that, for better or worse, define us as human. Read full book review >
ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"A sublime introduction to some of the most exciting ideas in astrophysics that will leave readers wanting more."
America's most approachable astrophysicist distills the past, present, and (theoretical) future of the cosmos into a quick and thoroughly enjoyable read for a general audience. 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 >