Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A superb composite of scientific knowledge that will no doubt inspire readers of all ages to learn more about our enigmatic universe."
A beautifully illustrated survey of the universe and its constituent parts, from quarks to galaxies and beyond. Read full book review >
ENDURANCE by Scott Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars."
A four-time veteran of off-planet missions, including a year aboard the International Space Station, offers a view of astronautics that is at once compelling and cautionary. Read full book review >

BEFORE YOU KNOW IT by John  Bargh
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Pop and academic science with a dose of self-help, all rolled up into a satisfying package."
Must humans be stupid and wrongheaded? Not if they take greater pains to shape their environments and understand what's going on inside their heads. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"In deftly capturing an 'epochal moment when medicine and science merged,' the author also offers an important reminder that, while many regard science as the key to progress, it can only help in so far as people are willing to open their minds to embrace change."
Medical historian and popular blogger Fitzharris narrates the quest of a tenacious 19th-century doctor to save his patients; in the process, he transformed the world of surgery and medicine. Read full book review >
THE FUTURE OF WAR by Lawrence Freedman
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A valuable book for anyone interested in international affairs."
Nations are constantly preparing for war, and a major part of that preparation is predicting what the next war will be like. An expert in military strategy provides a detailed look at how that process has evolved. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"Essential—and highly pleasurable—reading for anyone who cares about ideas and innovation."
How we create. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A forceful argument for an agricultural regulatory environment that puts public interest above corporate profits."
Uncovering corporate malfeasance at "perhaps the world's best-known agricultural powerhouse." Read full book review >
OCEAN'S FIRE by Stacey Tucker
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"A romantic fantasy series starter full of intriguing concepts from science and spirituality."
Tucker (Eat, Drink and Remarry, 2011) offers a fantasy about a veterinary intern who's drawn into her deceased mother's mystical world. Read full book review >
THE LITTLE BOOK OF BLACK HOLES by Steven S.  Gubser
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Don't be fooled by its 'little' title; these renowned physicists deliver a robust and thrilling book that will draw readers in as surely as any event horizon."
A comprehensive overview of the science of black holes, among the most mysterious, powerful, and mesmerizing entities in the universe. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how technology is changing American policing."
A survey of predictive policing: how data makes it possible, its benefits and pitfalls, and what it may portend for American law enforcement and race relations. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Instructive reading for every coach and every player in every sport—and fun, too."
An exploration of how to rebuild a professional basketball team. Read full book review >
WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew  Walker
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Though readers seeking dream interpretation will be disappointed, Walker provides a well-organized, highly accessible, up-to-date report on sleep and its crucial role in a healthy life."
Revelations about sleep that illustrate its vital importance to our brains, our bodies, and our lives. 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 >