Science & Technology Book Reviews

GROWING A REVOLUTION by David R. Montgomery
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
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 >

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
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 >
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 >

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 >
DRAWDOWN by Paul Hawken
Released: April 18, 2017

"An optimistic program for getting out of our current mess, well deserving of the broadest possible readership."
Be kindly unto the scientists, for they may just save our skin—and make us happier and wealthier in the bargain. Read full book review >
FLAVOR by Bob Holmes
Released: April 25, 2017

"An uneven work, but some of the chapters could have lives of their own as entertaining magazine pieces."
An introduction to what flavor is and how we experience it. Read full book review >
CLIMATE OF HOPE by Michael Bloomberg
Released: April 18, 2017

"Whether this is an exercise in thinking globally and acting locally or vice versa, a thoughtful, eminently reasonable set of proposals for saving New York—and therefore the world."
Just in time for Earth Day, yes, a hopeful book of strategies for delivering the planet from our worst environmental depredations. Read full book review >
DEVIATE by Beau Lotto
Released: April 25, 2017

"A little of the gee-whiz stuff goes a long way, but Lotto's provocative investigation into the mysterious workings of the mind will make readers just that much smarter."
What is reality? Whatever you make of it, it would seem, to go by this sprightly look into the nature of things. Read full book review >
Released: April 11, 2017

"Bartlett makes it abundantly clear that research to reduce the impact of infectious disease is progressing but that politics, budgetary constraints, competing priorities, and ego clashes are serious impediments."
Will the world ever be rid of infectious disease? Read full book review >
NOT A SCIENTIST by Dave Levitan
Released: April 18, 2017

"A no-holds-barred takedown of political idiocy and the terrifying reality of science denial."
A look at how trends in political rhetoric are used to undermine scientific evidence. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >