Science & Technology Book Reviews

HOW LANGUAGE BEGAN by Daniel L.  Everett
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A worthy book for general readers not well-versed in anthropology, neurology, linguistics, and other technical sciences."
A noted linguist explores "the evolutionary history of language as a human invention—from the emergence of our species to the more than 7,000 languages spoken today." Read full book review >
Released: Nov. 21, 2016

"While it lacks innovative concepts, this guide presents a high-quality overview of many well-known self-help principles."
A debut book unravels a tangle of insights and techniques for self-improvement. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 26, 2012

"This worthy sequel makes learning chemistry fun with a quartet of inventive board games."
A workbook teaches readers how to balance chemical equations. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
SNOOZE by Michael  McGirr
Released: June 6, 2017

"A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus."
An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep, where we spend so much of our time without quite knowing why. Read full book review >

GASTROPHYSICS by Charles  Spence
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, engaging education for food consumers and a font of ideas for restaurateurs and chefs as well."
A spry book of cutting-edge food science. Read full book review >
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." Read full book review >
OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. Read full book review >
Released: April 25, 2017

"Much more than just another dietary fad, Gundry's scientifically proven approach to restoring a healthy microbiome will reorient your approach to food."
A fresh, learned perspective on eating healthy. Read full book review >
Released: June 6, 2017

"A timely, energetic combination of social and scientific history in anticipation of the total solar eclipse predicted for Aug. 21, 2017."
The captivating story of a 19th-century solar eclipse. Read full book review >
Released: June 13, 2017

"Brannen may not be Elizabeth Kolbert, but he provides a useful addition to the popular literature on climate change."
A simultaneously enlightening and cautionary tale of the deep history of our planet and the possible future, when conscious life may become extinct. Read full book review >
Released: June 13, 2017

"A genuine and inspiring chronicle of a doctor fighting the good fight."
A veteran surgeon looks at how medicine has evolved through his pediatric-centered practice. 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 >