Science & Technology Book Reviews

CAESAR'S LAST BREATH by Sam Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Read full book review >
A MIND AT PLAY by Jimmy Soni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"A welcome and inspiring account of a largely unsung hero—unsung because, the authors suggest, he accomplished something so fundamental that it's difficult to imagine a world without it."
The life of the man called "the father of information theory." Read full book review >

EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Bill Nye
Released: July 11, 2017

"Just the vade mecum for the smart teenager in the family and eminently pleasing reading for grown-up nerds as well."
Bow-tied nerd superhero Nye (Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, 2015, etc.) serves up a tasty combination of memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury."
An exploration of the current medical research on brain health and the consciousness of patients who suffer catastrophic head trauma. Read full book review >
OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. Read full book review >

GASTROPHYSICS by Charles  Spence
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, engaging education for food consumers and a font of ideas for restaurateurs and chefs as well."
A spry book of cutting-edge food science. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH by Jennifer Latson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"An important book about a major scientific advance but not for the faint of heart. Readers not up to speed on high school biology should prepare themselves with a good popular primer on DNA, such as Matthew Cobb's Life's Greatest Secret (2015)."
A pair of biochemists offer a fresh examination of the "newest and arguably most effective genetic-engineering tool." Read full book review >
THE SPIRITUALITY OF AWE by Kirk J.  Schneider
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A cogent plea to neither reject nor embrace technology but to try instead to look beyond it."
A psychologist weighs in on the spiritual potential of computers and social media. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"The best sort of science history, explaining not only how great men made great discoveries, but why equally great men, trapped by prejudices and what seemed to be plain common sense, missed what was in front of their noses."
A history of the "search for the solution to the sex and conception mystery," focused on the period between 1650 and 1900. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A timely, energetic combination of social and scientific history in anticipation of the total solar eclipse predicted for Aug. 21, 2017."
The captivating story of a 19th-century solar eclipse. Read full book review >
MY EUROPEAN FAMILY by Karin Bojs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A book to consult before swabbing, full of insight into the uses and abuses of genetics."
A science journalist searches deep for roots and finds them in the deepest helixes of her genetic code. 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 >