Science & Technology Book Reviews

DEVIATE by Beau Lotto
NON-FICTION
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 >
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
NON-FICTION
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 >
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
NON-FICTION
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 >

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 >
ECLIPSE by Frank Close
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2017

"Illuminating preparatory reading for the August eclipse."
A theoretical physicist shares his "lifelong fascination with eclipses." Read full book review >
CHINA LAKE by Barret  Baumgart
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 1, 2017

"Nearly indescribable and utterly engrossing, this book is an urgent and terrifying cultural reflection, a startling look in the mirror."
A unique, alarming portrayal of the American military-industrial complex, the crisis of climate change, and the nature of truth and despair. Read full book review >
A STITCH OF TIME by Lauren Marks
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 2, 2017

"A cerebral travelogue from a writer revealing how she got from there to here."
A young woman is forced to unpack her own mind after suffering a life-threatening brain aneurysm. Read full book review >
TINKER DABBLE DOODLE TRY by Srini Pillay
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"While it may be unfair to complain that a book on the benefits of 'unfocusing' suffers from a lack of focus, Pillay's constant jumping from one suggestion to another, many of which seem off-topic, makes the book less useful than it could be."
A combination of self-help and theoretical science that suggests learning to "unfocus" may be the key to living a more productive life. Read full book review >
BEHAVE by Robert M. Sapolsky
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"An exemplary work of popular science, challenging but accessible."
A wide-ranging, learned survey of all the making-us-tick things that, for better or worse, define us as human. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 2, 2017

"Statistics wonks will find much of interest in this survey. For the rest of us, this book offers as many reasons to be dispirited about the human condition as the daily headlines."
If your pal swears to God that he'll repay a loan, write it off: a tour of the many things that big data can tell us about ourselves. 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 >