Science & Technology Book Reviews

COUNTING BACKWARDS by Henry Jay  Przybylo
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A fascinating tour of a mystifying, unnerving, yet precious medical necessity."
A veteran anesthesiologist probes the origins and mysteries of medically induced unconsciousness. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities."
How the impending rise in sea levels caused by increasing amounts of carbon dioxide in the air will make life on the edge of the ocean very different over the next century. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A sharp, thoughtful, sometimes-surprising account of how we build trust with strangers now."
How technology is changing our attitudes toward trust. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A spirited exploration of tech by a devotee who holds out the hope that bright things are just around the corner."
The author has seen the future, and it wears a headset. Read full book review >
SPINELESS by Juli  Berwald
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"In this lovely exploration of the mysterious jellyfish, Berwald both entrances and sounds a warning: pay attention to the messages sent by ocean life, and act to protect their environment, and ours."
A close look at the biology and behavior of jellyfish combined with a personal history of the author, a former ocean scientist who was pulled back to the sea by these enigmatic creatures. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A fine report on the latest piece of the puzzle that may, sooner or later, enable physicists to explain everything."
A fresh look at gravity and how "we are on the verge of a seismic shift in our view of reality, one more far-reaching in its consequences than any that has gone before." Read full book review >
TROUBLEMAKERS by Leslie  Berlin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"A sturdy, skillfully constructed work of business and technological history."
Looking back on Silicon Valley's early years, when magic was brewing in the suburbs of the Bay Area. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 7, 2017

"Can squirrels be said to be good or bad? For an answer to questions of that sort, this is the book to read. A treat for animal lovers of all stripes."
Forester Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World, 2016) turns his attention to how animals feel. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 1, 2017

"A wonderful book and just the thing for cogitators."
Part celebration and part meditation, an elegant study of things that should awe and amaze us—and why we are capable of awe and amazement in the first place. Read full book review >
IN PURSUIT OF MEMORY by Joseph  Jebelli
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Jebelli analyzes every facet of Alzheimer's with personal empathy and scientific rigor, a combination that makes for enthralling reading."
Alzheimer's disease has stymied attempts at a cure for generations, but exciting advances in biomedical technologies have yielded new understanding of why the disease occurs and how to eradicate it. Read full book review >
OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There is no chance that the authors will knock Newton off his pedestal, but they present a well-documented argument that he owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted."
The story of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and an exploration of "how science might have developed if Isaac Newton had never lived." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe."
A beautifully illustrated survey of the universe and its constituent parts, from quarks to galaxies and beyond. 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 >