Science & Technology Book Reviews

REPLACING DARWIN by Nathaniel T. Jeanson
Released: Oct. 9, 2017

"A thrilling reconsideration of the tug of war between science and creationism."
A radically new approach to evolution seeks to harmonize reason and revelation. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 17, 2018

"Readers on the lookout for self-development and a deeper loving connection with their partner will find ideas and guidance galore in this sensible relationship manual."
An inviting game plan for achieving loving, lasting relationships. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A distressing account of algorithms run amok."
How Google and other search engines represent marginalized people in "erroneous, stereotypical, or even pornographic ways." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which 'finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.'"
Another entry in the rapidly growing literature about how big data will soon transform capitalism as we know it. Read full book review >

THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 13, 2018

"Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude."
A noted physician and essayist collects pieces dealing with subjects ranging from immigration to Einstein to Alice James. Read full book review >
A LAB OF ONE'S OWN by Patricia Fara
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"A densely written, well-documented history of the British experience that will resonate with American women as well."
A scholarly study of the role of suffragists in the years leading up to World War I, of women scientists during the war, and of the kind of discrimination they still face today. Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Aristotle, from St. Augustine and the Buddha to contemporary theological thought, Lightman presents a distilled but comprehensive survey of the search for meaning, or the lack thereof, in our longing to be part of the infinite."
One of our most reliable interpreters of science offers a slender book of ruminations that venture wide and deep. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"An important cautionary book that is also oddly exhilarating. At a time when Americans are bombarded with nativism, it's refreshing to read about American volunteers who came through in a crisis affecting some of the poorest nations in the world."
A veteran journalist's chronicle of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which struck more than 28,000 people and killed 11,310. Read full book review >
Released: July 14, 2017

"An engaging chemistry lesson that also serves as an encyclopedia to understanding the world around us."
A chemistry professor teaches "the stories your chemistry teachers wouldn't tell you" through short, accessible lessons on drugs, deadly household items, mysteries of ordinary objects, and more. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A highly compelling, only occasionally overstated assessment of the role of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of mental health issues."
A history and personal exploration of psychotropic drugs and medical procedures for treating mental illness and depression. Read full book review >
CAUSE by Gregory Smithsimon
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enjoyable, eye-opening pop science."
A wry, sometimes-arch look at flaws in the chain of reasoning that lead us to make ineffective choices, especially at the macro level of social reasoning. 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 >