Science & Technology Book Reviews

HOOD by Luke Timmerman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A fine tribute to a forerunner of today's personalized medicine and wellness monitoring; Hood deserves to be a household name."
A debut biography examines a biologist whose DNA sequencing work paved the way for the Human Genome Project. Read full book review >
EATING PROMISCUOUSLY by James McWilliams
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 16, 2017

"McWilliams presents a solid argument, though it is not as radical or inspiring as he may have hoped, and the book could use more focused attention on creating the ideal world the author envisions.
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A food writer and historian argues that humans would be healthier with a more diverse diet. Read full book review >

CHEMISTRY GAMES: VOLUME 1 by Gregory Gebhart
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 9, 2011

"The first workbook in a series that helps to make science more accessible through play."
A set of games that aim to show chemistry students how to build chemical compounds. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

"A superb resource for science fans or those struggling to understand the subject; an impressive fit in an age of Billy Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson web videos."
A book offers a history of science and the figures who helped develop its major pillars, presented in a biographical style to raise interest in the discipline. Read full book review >
RATIONING EARTH by Herb Bentz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Dec. 12, 2016

"An original take on the economics of resource conservation."
A radical, ecologically minded proposal to meet the future challenges of an increasingly productive but still unsustainable economy. Read full book review >

SEO FOR GROWTH by John Jantsch
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 11, 2016

"Comprehensive, current, and cogent; worthy of becoming every marketer's go-to guide for SEO."
Two marketing mavens offer a dissection and demystification of search engine optimization. Read full book review >
GROWING A REVOLUTION by David R. Montgomery
FOOD & COOKING
Released: May 9, 2017

"Montgomery's fascinating exposé of how our food is grown will convince readers that soil health should not remain an under-the-radar issue and that we all benefit from embracing a new philosophy of farming."
An optimistic look at how regenerative farming can revive the world's soil, increasing food production, boosting cost effectiveness, and slowing climate change. Read full book review >
THE GREAT UNKNOWN by Marcus Du Sautoy
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: April 11, 2017

"A delicious addition to the 'Big Question' genre."
Are there limits to human knowledge? Philosophers and religious thinkers have long answered "yes" and then provided examples that turned out to be wrong. A renowned mathematician argues that "yes" might very well be correct. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 11, 2017

"Much more than just an overview of how new DNA research has enlightened our understanding of anxiety, this is an empowering guide to combating the stress epidemic."
New scientific evidence shows that anxiety can become embedded in a person's biology as early as in utero. As a longtime psychology professor shows, this discovery provides unprecedented insight into why some people are locked into a perpetual anxious state and how social practices can break the cycle. Read full book review >
THE NEW ANALOG by Damon Krukowski
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: April 25, 2017

"Krukowski's writing is witty and generally accessible, though his detours into recording minutiae and avant-garde ideas about sound and art may lose some readers."
Wry exploration of the social meanings behind vintage and modern audio technologies. Read full book review >
YOUR BRAIN IS A TIME MACHINE by Dean Buonomano
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: April 4, 2017

"Fascinating throughout and a pleasing vehicle by which to think about thinking—and the passing hours."
What is the most important function of the human brain? Well, one takeaway from this lively book on that beloved organ is that it enables us "to predict and prepare for the future." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"A powerful argument for reducing inequality and revolutionizing how we use the Web for the benefit of the many rather than the few."
When American representative democracy collapses, blame it on Facebook. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Yoojin Grace Wuertz
February 27, 2017

In Yoojin Grace Wuertz’s debut novel Everything Belongs to Us, the setting is Seoul in 1978. At South Korea’s top university, the nation’s best and brightest compete to join the professional elite of an authoritarian regime. Success could lead to a life of rarefied privilege and wealth; failure means being left irrevocably behind. For childhood friends Jisun and Namin, the stakes couldn’t be more different. Jisun, the daughter of a powerful business mogul, grew up on a mountainside estate with lush gardens and a dedicated chauffeur. Namin’s parents run a tented food cart from dawn to curfew; her sister works in a shoe factory. Now Jisun wants as little to do with her father’s world as possible, abandoning her schoolwork in favor of the underground activist movement, while Namin studies tirelessly in the service of one goal: to launch herself and her family out of poverty. But everything changes when Jisun and Namin meet an ambitious, charming student named Sunam, whose need to please his family has led him to a prestigious club: the Circle. Under the influence of his mentor, Juno, a manipulative social climber, Sunam becomes entangled with both women, as they all make choices that will change their lives forever. “Engrossing,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. “Wuertz is an important new voice in American fiction.” View video >