Science & Technology Book Reviews

PATIENT H69 by Vanessa  Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 25, 2017

"Patient narratives are a growing genre, and not all end happily. Potter's has that positive aspect as well as illustrating one woman's way of coping with a disease that touches on universal fears: blindness and paralysis."
A stunning account of the onset of a form of neuromyelitis optica spectrum disorder, a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause sudden blindness and paralysis. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"Of great interest to policy wonks and would-be political analysts, perhaps less so for general readers."
Why we should heed the warnings of qualified experts and how the failure to do so in the past has led to avoidable disasters. Read full book review >

CAESAR'S LAST BREATH by Sam Kean
NON-FICTION
Released: July 18, 2017

"Great fun for general readers curious about our world and an especially appropriate gift for a young person considering a career in the sciences."
A witty book that turns the science of the stuff we breathe into a delightful romp through history. Read full book review >
A MIND AT PLAY by Jimmy Soni
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 18, 2017

"A welcome and inspiring account of a largely unsung hero—unsung because, the authors suggest, he accomplished something so fundamental that it's difficult to imagine a world without it."
The life of the man called "the father of information theory." Read full book review >
THE DARKENING WEB by Alexander  Klimburg
Released: July 11, 2017

"Klimburg delivers an urgent warning that civil libertarians and cybernauts alike will want to heed."
Of the free internet and its discontents, who are many and powerful. Read full book review >

WHY by Mario Livio
Released: July 11, 2017

"The concept of curiosity is a tough nut to crack. Livio is not shy about admitting its difficulties, and he makes an admirable effort to explain complex and still-not-well-understood ideas."
An astrophysicist asks, "what are the underlying mechanisms of curiosity and exploration?" Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Bill Nye
Released: July 11, 2017

"Just the vade mecum for the smart teenager in the family and eminently pleasing reading for grown-up nerds as well."
Bow-tied nerd superhero Nye (Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, 2015, etc.) serves up a tasty combination of memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Science and anecdote intertwine in this close examination of the bonds that bind humans together."
How and why intimacy is important in life. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enthralling story only occasionally inhibited by languorous prose."
A tale of the resurrection of the woolly mammoth and how "biology and genetics [have] gone from passive observation to active creation." Read full book review >
MAKING CONTACT by Sarah  Scoles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Scoles has done her homework, so readers will both understand and sympathize with Tarter, who has become an icon and role model despite pursuing a goal she knows she will never achieve."
The inspiring story of an important American astronomer who co-founded the SETI Institute, which was created "to study all aspects of the existence, formation, and evolution of life in the universe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. 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 >