Science & Technology Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A mostly informative and insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence."
The story of YouTube and the video platform's vast cultural influence. Read full book review >
SWEARING IS GOOD FOR YOU by Emma Byrne
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"Although quite profane at times—understandably so—Byrne provides a refreshing, entertaining, instructive examination of a 'surprisingly flexible part of a linguistic repertoire.'"
In defense of swearing. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"The author's work has won wide attention through a New Yorker article and a TED talk. This important and compassionate book further sounds the alarm over childhood trauma—and what can be done to remedy its effects."
A pediatrician's battle against the toxic effects of childhood adversity. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"An insightful, highly significant account that makes no predictions but lays out the critical environmental problems already upon us."
A dual biography of two significant figures who "had little regard" for each other's work but "were largely responsible for the creation of the basic intellectual blueprints that institutions around the world use today for understanding our environmental dilemmas." Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A sensible, thoroughly satisfying overview of the next quantum leap in digital technology."
An expert on the subject explores virtual reality "as the potent and relatively young technology…migrates from industrial and research laboratories to living rooms across the world." Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enough material for a solid magazine piece, stretched out to fill a book. Skip to the last chapter."
Advice for parents on how to deal with the intrusion of digital media into family life. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Sobering reading for public health officials and infectious disease students and perhaps inspiration for would-be activists to get busy. For general readers: get your flu shot."
A veteran global health professional explores the methods for preventing pandemics, an ever present threat to humankind. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A complex, well-told account of 'this spinning magnet we live on.'"
An award-winning Canadian science journalist tells the story of the Earth's magnetic field. Read full book review >
CAUSE by Gregory Smithsimon
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enjoyable, eye-opening pop science."
A wry, sometimes-arch look at flaws in the chain of reasoning that lead us to make ineffective choices, especially at the macro level of social reasoning. Read full book review >
THE TYRANNY OF METRICS by Jerry Z. Muller
Released: Feb. 1, 2018

"A monkey wrench in the works of HR, bean-counting, and other such enterprises and a pleasure for contrarians in a hypernumerate world."
For every quantification, there's a way of gaming it. So argues this timely manifesto against measured accountability and other "knowledge that seems solid but that is actually deceptive." Read full book review >
THE GENIUS WITHIN by David Adam
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Except for a taste for anecdotes describing individuals experiencing a miraculous transformation, Adam delivers a sensible, often skeptical review of his subject. Most readers will agree that techniques to supercharge our brains are inevitable—but not yet."
An exploration of how "modern brain science is not just observing anymore," but can now "intervene, to change the way the brain and the mind works." Read full book review >
HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE by Andrew Keen
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world."
A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform. 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 >