Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE TRIGONOMETRY TRYST by J.A. Bailey
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"This novel's quirky concept will please math buffs and beginning trigonometry students, but it may wear thin for others."
Bailey's debut novel follows human versions of six trigonometric functions as they intersect in the final weeks of a college school year. Read full book review >
Released: July 25, 2017

"A powerful how-to package for aspiring activists."
A decidedly upbeat follow-up to the former vice president's groundbreaking 2006 book, An Inconvenient Truth.Read full book review >

OUT OF THE SHADOW OF A GIANT by John Gribbin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"There is no chance that the authors will knock Newton off his pedestal, but they present a well-documented argument that he owed more to the ideas of others than he admitted."
The story of Robert Hooke (1635-1703) and Edmond Halley (1656-1742) and an exploration of "how science might have developed if Isaac Newton had never lived." Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Despite unrelenting whimsy, the authors provide solid, well-thought-out, useful information on cutting-edge technology."
Ten futuristic developments familiar to readers accompanied by equally astute explanations of the crushing difficulties to be overcome in order to bring the ideas to fruition. Read full book review >
SLOW MEDICINE by Victoria Sweet
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"Though Sweet's firm belief that Slow Medicine is necessary in today's high-tech world will strike some as impractical, the sick will take comfort in this physician's warm, personal, knowledgeable approach."
A doctor dissatisfied with the modern delivery of health care details how she developed her ideas about how medicine should be practiced. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 24, 2017

"An accessible book that sounds the alarm on how modern technology can be used by the government against its citizenry."
A graphic indictment of American surveillance and drone malfeasance. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"Solid, eye-opening public health journalism."
An investigative journalist specializing in public health and food policy delves into the implications of chicken becoming the most consumed source of protein in the American diet. Read full book review >
ENDURANCE by Scott Kelly
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 17, 2017

"A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars."
A four-time veteran of off-planet missions, including a year aboard the International Space Station, offers a view of astronautics that is at once compelling and cautionary. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"Instructive reading for every coach and every player in every sport—and fun, too."
An exploration of how to rebuild a professional basketball team. Read full book review >
WTF? by Tim  O'Reilly
Released: Oct. 10, 2017

"O'Reilly's vision is more Utopian than dystopian, even downright optimistic in a roundabout, creative-destruction sort of way. The positive outlook is refreshing and engaging."
A good-news, bad-news look at a world full of unicorns, robots, and wonder—the future, in other words, as seen by longtime innovation watcher O'Reilly. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 12, 2017

"A lucid and provocative look at the geopolitics of energy and the shifts and dislocations it is likely to produce."
Remember when the world was running out of oil? The good news is that energy is abundant, at least for the time being. As for the bad news…. Read full book review >
THE ORIGINS OF CREATIVITY by Edward O. Wilson
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Oct. 3, 2017

"A concise, thoughtful exploration of how human understanding will be enhanced by 'a humanistic science and a scientific humanities.'"
Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Wilson (Emeritus, Evolutionary Biology/Harvard Univ.; Half-Earth: Our Planet's Fight for Life, 2016, etc.) offers a philosophical examination into "the mystery of why there are universal creative arts."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 >