Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: April 24, 2018

"A clearheaded reckoning with consequences of the tech industry's disruptions and the ideology that undergirds it."
An on-the-ground look at Silicon Valley and what its power means for the rest of the world. Read full book review >
BEST BEFORE by Nicola Temple
Released: April 24, 2018

"Despite the book's decidedly British flavor, its subject, food, is universal, and so should be its appeal."
A thoroughly researched, well-written account that attempts to remove the stigma from the term "processed food." Read full book review >

Released: April 24, 2018

"Although diagrams abound, cosmic microwave polarization is a difficult subject, and readers who have forgotten their college physics may struggle. Still, most will enjoy this behind-the-scenes view of the dog-eat-dog world of big science and agree that the Nobel Prize needs fixing."
An astrophysicist provides "an insider's glimpse into the power of the [Nobel] prize to refract reality, as it did for me, an astronomer who was once seemingly about to read the very prologue of the cosmos." Read full book review >
ARMY OF NONE by Paul Scharre
Released: April 24, 2018

"A clear, well-written, and richly documented discussion of an issue that deserves deep and careful study."
Former Army Ranger Scharre, the director of the Future of War Initiative at the Center for a New American Security, looks at the technical, strategic, and ethical questions raised by autonomous weapons, which are closer to reality than many civilians may realize. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"The authors offer some beguiling insights on what math is about and how it has evolved but no royal road to easy understanding."
A science writer and astronomer and his student, a teen math prodigy, join forces to elucidate fields of math they find weird. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A compellingly readable tale of identity formation."
The story of a baby-switching case that involved two children who were part of two different sets of identical twins. Read full book review >
THE EFFICIENCY PARADOX by Edward Tenner
Released: April 17, 2018

"Of a piece with recent critiques of technological overreach, and among the best of them."
A bite on the data-driven hand that feeds the system. Read full book review >
LYME by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Released: April 17, 2018

"Pfeiffer's indignation and constant lacing of the text with tick names and numbers, disease counts, and tragic cases create a high emotional pitch that can be exhausting, but the basic facts she sets forth are credible, and they deserve immediate attention."
An alert about the dangers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"Evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and polemic combine in an appealing argument for human uniqueness."
An insightful defense of evolution that turns the arguments of creationists against them. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"It's not quite in the same league as Moneyball, but readers interested in the applications of neuroscience to everyday life will find plenty of value here."
New York Times contributor Schonbrun takes readers on a sometimes-tangled but revealing tour of the minds of winning athletes. Read full book review >
FUTUREFACE by Alex Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely investigation that turns up 'sad confirmation that animus and violence and expulsion always end up screwing everyone, even the people doing the expelling.'"
A cultural commentator turns her acute observational skills and journalistic skills to the mystery of her own heritage. Read full book review >
Released: April 16, 2018

"A sturdy contribution to the history of science."
Why can't religion and science be reconciled? Because of math. 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 >