Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE TOXICOLOGY OF ESSENTIAL AND NONESSENTIAL METALS by Nichole Coleman
NON-FICTION
Released: May 11, 2017

"An informative explanation of metal poisoning."
A scientific work alerts readers to the dangers of toxicity caused by metals. Read full book review >
FUTURE WAR by Robert H.  Latiff
Released: Sept. 27, 2017

"A well-written, thoughtful discussion of the broader issues raised by the introduction of futuristic technology to war."
Despite a title that sounds like science fiction, this is a down-to-earth look at the problems facing the American military, now and in years to come. Read full book review >

FUNDAMENTALS OF BUILDING COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS by Denis Rudnev
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 2017

"An accessible and impressive manual on building systems, useful for beginners or those charged with teaching them."
A debut guide aimed at community managers focuses on property maintenance. Read full book review >
LIVING IN THE ANTHROPOCENE by Jeffrey K.   Stine
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Sept. 26, 2017

"A valuable contribution to the ecological bookshelf."
Original essays by leading scientists, historians, archaeologists, and anthropologists that address the related problems of unchecked population growth, scarcity of resources, climate change, and environmental pollution. Read full book review >
DARWIN'S BACKYARD by James T. Costa
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"While casual readers may not be tempted to perform the experiments, the insights Costa provides into Darwin's thinking and his revelations about the great man's working life make this a worthwhile read. A perfect resource for biology teachers."
An instructive and entertaining look at Darwin's "experimentising" and how it can be readily duplicated using mostly simple household tools. Read full book review >

LIFE 3.0 by Max  Tegmark
Released: Aug. 29, 2017

"Prophesies have a dreadful record, but they are also endlessly fascinating. Readers may balk now and then—Tegmark's solutions to inevitable mass unemployment are a stretch—but most will find the narrative irresistible."
The founder of the Future of Life Institute explores one of the most intriguing scientific frontiers, artificial general intelligence, and how humans can grow along with it. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"A thoughtful progressive feint against the vulgar fearmongering of the moment."
A provocative look at the science and psychology behind fear-based politics. Read full book review >
THE EDUCATION OF A CORONER by John  Bateson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 15, 2017

"A fascinating and wildly informative dive into the mysterious world of death and decay."
Grisly true-life cases from the longtime career of a veteran coroner. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A sometimes-difficult but thoroughly researched work that offers a fresh angle on improving education."
Watagodakumbura (Educational Neuroscience/Central Queensland University; Education from a Deeper and Multidisciplinary Perspective, 2013) argues that advances in education haven't kept pace with advances in neuroscience.Read full book review >
THE SPIRITUALITY OF AWE by Kirk Schneider
NON-FICTION
Released: June 13, 2017

"A cogent plea to neither reject nor embrace technology, but to try instead to look beyond it."
A psychologist weighs in on the spiritual potential of computers and social media. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2017

"Provocative reading for futurists, investors, and inventors."
Science fiction? Your wallet is soaking in it, as this textbook-ish look at the "second machine age" tells us. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Advice for students and teachers rounds out a persuasive plea for creative learning."
An argument for why higher education requires radical change to prepare students for an unpredictable future. 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 >