Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: May 8, 2018

"A valuable resource for executives concerned with the protection of vital, technological property."
A brief but comprehensive introduction to business cybersecurity for tech noobs. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"A simultaneously grounded and inspiring approach to appreciating the benefits of both science and religion."
A holistic exploration of spiritual and religious practices through a scientific lens. Read full book review >

Released: Aug. 10, 2016

"A provocative scientific thesis, but one that's unfortunately coupled with a less-compelling litany of political commitments."
Retired engineer Willis (Cooperating for Survival in the Positive-Sum Universe, 1997) proposes a new cosmological model and explores its moral, political, and economic implications. Read full book review >
BITWISE by David Auerbach
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"An eye-opening look at computer technology and its discontents and limitations."
"We don't think right for our world today," writes programmer and technology writer Auerbach—and putting computers to work solving that fundamental problem is not a panacea. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A revealing look at the numbers, how they're derived and interpreted, and how they sometimes fail us. Timely reading for the coming midterm elections."
The inside dope on how polls work—and don't work—from CBS's News Director of Elections and Surveys. Read full book review >

FEWER, BETTER THINGS by Glenn Adamson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Although a bit dry in spots, Adamson's crafty enthusiasm is infectious."
The impact and significance of the objects we shape and live with. Read full book review >
SILICON STATES by Lucie Greene
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"A fascinating exercise in description, prescription, and prognosis that we'll have a chance to field-test in the near future."
Tech writer and think-tank denizen Greene looks at what may be big tech's greatest disruption of all: the disruption of the political order. Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"An engaging appraisal of intuition, undermined by a cavalier dismissal of religion."
A scientific critique of the rational limitations of intuition. Read full book review >
THE TANGLED TREE by David Quammen
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A consistently engaging collection of vivid portraits of brilliant, driven, quarrelsome scientists in the process of dramatically altering the fundamentals of evolution, illuminated by the author's insightful commentary.
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A masterful history of a new field of molecular biology that has wide-ranging implications regarding "human identity, human individuality, [and] human health." Read full book review >
NODDING OFF by Alice Gregory
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Readers looking for help on sleep problems should consult one of the books Gregory recommends. Those who are merely curious will learn fascinating details of what scientists know about sleep, including its familiar and bizarre disorders, and how they are learning more."
A British sleep expert provides an overview of what we know about sleep, which turns out to be quite a lot and also not enough. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Synaptic pruning, folded proteins, adaptive habits: all fascinating stuff ably interpreted by a master."
The eminent neuroscientist examines what the injured or diseased brain can tell us about a healthy one. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2018

"The experiment could be a useful one, though it will darken the hearts of the dark lords—a winning argument all its own."
In a book whose title says it all, technoprophet Lanier (Dawn of the New Everything, 2017, etc.) weighs in against predatory technoprofit. 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 >