Science & Technology Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. 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 >

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite unrelenting whimsy, the authors provide solid, well-thought-out, useful information on cutting-edge technology."
Ten futuristic developments familiar to readers accompanied by equally astute explanations of the crushing difficulties to be overcome in order to bring the ideas to fruition. Read full book review >
BEFORE YOU KNOW IT by John  Bargh
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Pop and academic science with a dose of self-help, all rolled up into a satisfying package."
Must humans be stupid and wrongheaded? Not if they take greater pains to shape their environments and understand what's going on inside their heads. Read full book review >
SLOW MEDICINE by Victoria Sweet
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though Sweet's firm belief that Slow Medicine is necessary in today's high-tech world will strike some as impractical, the sick will take comfort in this physician's warm, personal, knowledgeable approach."
A doctor dissatisfied with the modern delivery of health care details how she developed her ideas about how medicine should be practiced. Read full book review >

ENDURANCE by Scott Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars."
A four-time veteran of off-planet missions, including a year aboard the International Space Station, offers a view of astronautics that is at once compelling and cautionary. Read full book review >
THE RIVER OF CONSCIOUSNESS by Oliver Sacks
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"A collection of dissimilar pieces that reveal the scope of the author's interests—sometimes challenging, always rewarding."
Fans of the late neurologist have another chance to enjoy this erudite, compassionate storyteller, essayist, and memoirist in what may be his final work. 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. 24, 2017

"A scattered presentation of the expansive topic of microbes and early life on Earth with limited discussion of how humans might effectively leverage that knowledge to solve health and environmental crises."
A survey of our emerging knowledge of microorganisms, the environments they thrive in, and their implications for human health and sustainability. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An accessible book that sounds the alarm on how modern technology can be used by the government against its citizenry."
A graphic indictment of American surveillance and drone malfeasance. Read full book review >
THE ANIMALS AMONG US by John Bradshaw
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"A sound introduction to a relatively new area of study, both for those who share their households with animals and those who never would."
A British animal expert examines the complex, evolving connection between dogs and cats and their human companions. 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 >
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 >