Science & Technology Book Reviews

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"For baseball fans, Law offers a smooth combination of erudition and his obvious love of the sport."
A former Major League Baseball statistical analyst who now writes for ESPN shatters myths about how to accurately measure a baseball player's ability and then explains modern criteria that offer better results. Read full book review >
SUPERFAST PRIMETIME ULTIMATE NATION by Adam Roberts
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Released: April 25, 2017

"Alternately engaging and exasperating dispatches from a conflicted nation."
A report from India at a point of enormous transition—and the news is never really good. Read full book review >

FLAVOR by Bob Holmes
NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"An uneven work, but some of the chapters could have lives of their own as entertaining magazine pieces."
An introduction to what flavor is and how we experience it. Read full book review >
THE NEW ANALOG by Damon Krukowski
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Released: April 25, 2017

"Krukowski's writing is witty and generally accessible, though his detours into recording minutiae and avant-garde ideas about sound and art may lose some readers."
Wry exploration of the social meanings behind vintage and modern audio technologies. Read full book review >
DEVIATE by Beau Lotto
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Released: April 25, 2017

"A little of the gee-whiz stuff goes a long way, but Lotto's provocative investigation into the mysterious workings of the mind will make readers just that much smarter."
What is reality? Whatever you make of it, it would seem, to go by this sprightly look into the nature of things. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 25, 2017

"Much more than just another dietary fad, Gundry's scientifically proven approach to restoring a healthy microbiome will reorient your approach to food."
A fresh, learned perspective on eating healthy. Read full book review >
THE SEASONS ALTER by Philip Kitcher
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"The result is a superbly rational, entirely futile exchange of ideas. 'Fruitful discussion' did little to resolve slavery or segregation, and it's largely absent from America's debate on global warming."
A philosophical exploration of climate change. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"A no-holds-barred takedown of political idiocy and the terrifying reality of science denial."
A look at how trends in political rhetoric are used to undermine scientific evidence. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. Read full book review >
DRAWDOWN by Paul Hawken
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"An optimistic program for getting out of our current mess, well deserving of the broadest possible readership."
Be kindly unto the scientists, for they may just save our skin—and make us happier and wealthier in the bargain. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"Whether this is an exercise in thinking globally and acting locally or vice versa, a thoughtful, eminently reasonable set of proposals for saving New York—and therefore the world."
Just in time for Earth Day, yes, a hopeful book of strategies for delivering the planet from our worst environmental depredations. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 18, 2017

"These well-crafted tales of bio-inspired innovation will entrance general readers and warrant the close attention of scientists and technologists."
Los Angeles Times science writer Khan debuts with a richly detailed account of biologically inspired engineering. 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 >