Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Though occasionally didactic, the narrative is undergirded by Herz's understanding that one size never fits all, and it contains useful passages for every reader."
Neuroscientist Herz (That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, 2013, etc.) shines her expertise on the complicated relationships between the human senses and food consumption. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An occasionally scattershot but agreeable, useful introduction to geology."
A natural follow-up to the author's The Story of Life in 25 Fossils (2015). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A gripping account of a fatal tragedy and the impressive and deeply emotional human response that ensued."
On Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle went silent upon re-entry. Here are the principal details about the accident, the recovery of the wreckage and human remains, the reassembly, the discovery of the cause, and the consequences for the shuttle program. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"If the thought of a future of a brewed burger isn't appalling then this will be just your cup of meat."
An intriguing argument from an animal rights perspective for developing an economy of cultured, lab-born meat. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Edifying, easy-to-understand scientific research that shows the benefits that accrue when a child is encouraged to be inquisitive, spirited, and intrepid."
Techniques to help your child grow and develop from a reactive to a receptive state. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Not a polemic but an ingenious popular-science account of how we deal with mortality."
An exploration of "one of the most profound questions of the human condition, one that has driven theologians, philosophers, scientists, and all thinking people to try to understand the meaning and purpose of our life as mortal beings and discover how we can transcend our mortality." Read full book review >
OGILVY ON ADVERTISING IN THE DIGITAL AGE by Miles  Young
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A new bible for a new generation of pitchmen and -women. Young's treatise makes a fine modern marketing 101 textbook—and at far below textbook prices, too."
"The vast majority of content produced on the internet remains unread, unwatched, unseen, and unheard." So writes adman Young in this richly illustrated, well-argued manual on how to get the word out. Read full book review >
WHEN by Daniel H. Pink
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers."
If you want a raise, ask the boss in the morning—but never at 2:55 in the afternoon. The reason? Ask pop-science writer Pink (To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, 2012, etc.), who examines what happens when in daily life. Read full book review >
OUR SENSES by Rob DeSalle
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An animated introduction to the neuroscience of sensory perception with broad appeal to artists, musicians, and other consumers and generators of brainpower."
You don't need a brain to sense what's going on around you—though it helps. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Making profitable use of information science, Ferguson offers a novel way of examining data that will be highly intriguing to students of history and current affairs."
Renowned economic historian Ferguson (Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist, 2015, etc.) draws on insights from network theory to examine disruptions across time. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Just the thing for aspiring heart surgeons, who may one day soon be 3-D printing new hearts that will be 'dispatched in drones to wherever they are needed.'"
Morris looks at some of the great moments in cardiology and our understanding of how the heart muscle works. 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 >