Science & Technology Book Reviews

GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A well-organized if sometimes-superficial survey of the successes and occasional failures of women working in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field."
Concentrating on the years 2014 through 2016, journalists Cabot and Walravens (editor: Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 2011) tell the stories of dozens of women who are working in or leading tech companies. Read full book review >
WILD RIDE by Adam Lashinsky
Released: May 23, 2017

"A straightforward journalistic examination of a fast-tracked, controversial company and its headstrong leader."
The rise and plateau of the global ride-sharing industry's biggest player. 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 >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An instructive tale of one man's 'burning mission to bring back manufacturing and innovation to America.'"
An award-winning science journalist charges that the United States is ceding first place to the Chinese in the development of technologies invented by American scientists. 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 >

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 >
SNOOZE by Michael  McGirr
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus."
An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep, where we spend so much of our time without quite knowing why. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"Brannen may not be Elizabeth Kolbert, but he provides a useful addition to the popular literature on climate change."
A simultaneously enlightening and cautionary tale of the deep history of our planet and the possible future, when conscious life may become extinct. 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 >
HEALING CHILDREN by Kurt  Newman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"A genuine and inspiring chronicle of a doctor fighting the good fight."
A veteran surgeon looks at how medicine has evolved through his pediatric-centered practice. Read full book review >
HUNDREDS OF INTERLACED FINGERS by Vanessa Grubbs
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 13, 2017

"The book will appeal specifically to those personally affected by kidney disease but should also fascinate anyone interested in the state of health care in the United States."
A nephrologist's memoir of navigating the kidney disease of a loved one. 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 >
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 >