Science & Technology Book Reviews

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A sharp contribution to a significant topic that continues to generate heated discussion and debate."
A tour d'horizon of the historical relationship among race, racism, and mental illness. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A book that should have wide appeal, not only to those fighting the battle of the bulge."
Americans spend more money on the war against fat than the war against terror. As Tara writes, "we are indeed a nation at war with a body part." Read full book review >

THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An important book that merits—and will likely receive—broad circulation and discussion."
The award-winning journalist once again takes up the cudgel in defense of health. Read full book review >
APOLLO PILOT by Donn Eisele
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A slim, straightforward addition to the record of space travel."
A posthumous memoir gives an unsung astronaut his due. Read full book review >
THE STRESS TEST by Ian Robertson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An intriguing overview of important developments in brain research, specifically as it relates to finding 'the right mental balance we need for each challenge that faces us.'"
A veteran neuroscientist and clinical psychologist explores the changes that occur in our brains depending upon how we deal with challenging situations. Read full book review >

THE DRUG HUNTERS by Donald R. Kirsch
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Highly informative and accessible for general readers."
Biopharmaceutical consultant Kirsch debuts with a popular account of the search for new drugs, from prehistory through the rise of big pharma. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Couch potatoes take warning: the experiences described in this testimonial are often tough to read about, and the conclusions, while sometimes convincing, might best be taken with a touch of skepticism."
On the heels of the paleo diet comes a new claim: taking on the physical challenges of the environment faced by our prehistoric ancestors can undo what easy calories and effortless comfort have done to our bodies—made them fat, lazy, and weak. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A worthy primer on the science of comprehending language at the visible, symbolic level of print, a place that requires plenty of brain power and years of practice to navigate."
Johnny can't read—and too often his teachers can only guess why. Read full book review >
BRING BACK THE KING by Helen Pilcher
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A unique perspective on our responsibility to preserve the chain of being of which we are only a part."
An intriguing look at the possibilities of bringing the passenger pigeon and other currently extinct species back to life. Read full book review >
OUR BODIES, OUR DATA by Adam Tanner
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A thorough report, carefully researched and well-documented, aimed at both general readers and policymakers."
A disturbing look at the threat to privacy created by the lucrative and growing health care data-mining industry. Read full book review >
DEMOCRACY BETRAYED by William W. Keller
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Though without the rhetorical fire of Noam Chomsky or Naomi Klein, Keller makes a spirited case for preferring untrammeled freedom to managed and monitored safety."
"Liberty must always be privileged over security": a persuasive cri de coeur from a national security expert. Read full book review >
STORM IN A TEACUP by Helen Czerski
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Light but genuinely informative writing for readers who have forgotten their high school science."
A British physicist and science presenter for the BBC joins the growing genre of popular authors who assure readers that science is fun. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >