Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 7, 2003

"Pleasant and unchallenging."
NPR correspondent Adams (Far Appalachia, 2001, etc.) celebrates the brothers from Dayton, Ohio, and events that changed the world, beginning with the first flight at Kitty Hawk 100 years ago. Read full book review >
EXIT TO FREEDOM by Jr. Johnson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"A rare individual, victim of not-too-rare legal circumstances, with a story that will have readers grinding their teeth until the end. (10 pp. b&w photos)"
Johnson, in a remarkably even voice, details his trial and 16 years in prison for a rape he did not commit, ending with the long-suffering process that established his innocence. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 7, 2003

"Though sure to be contested at points, of interest to human-rights activists monitoring the doings of bioengineers—who are just eugenicists, Black argues, under another name."
A journalistic exposé of the early-20th-century American eugenics movement and its application in the death camps of the Third Reich. Read full book review >
THE BEST AMERICAN SCIENCE WRITING 2003 by Oliver Sacks
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 5, 2003

"The perfect gift for fans of science and science writing."
Fourth in this invaluable series, edited by the well-known neurologist (Uncle Tungsten, 2001, etc.) and dedicated to the memory of Stephen Jay Gould. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"A rich collection of cautionary tales with considerable relevance—carefully elucidated throughout—to human health and disease."
The head of the National Institutes of Health's Laboratory of Genomic Diversity weds gene sleuthing to studies of animals in the wild and combines them with molecular clocks to time evolutionary events, in the process educating readers about what has happened and what can happen to species, including us. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 26, 2003

"Thoughtful and well paced, with the exception of a digressionary review of scientific developments in electricity from the Greeks to Faraday that temporarily slows the narrative to a crawl."
After documenting America's "romance" with illegal drugs in Hep-Cats, Narcs and Pipe Dreams (1996), Jonnes now addresses the era of urban electrification and its three giants of invention and industry. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 11, 2003

"Not necessarily persuasive, but imaginative at least. (b&w illustrations)"
Changes in female sexuality were the impetus for the rapid development of Homo sapiens as a species unlike any other, argues the author of The Alphabet Versus the Goddess (1998). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

"A richly detailed account of the interplay of scientific and technical issues at the beginning of the modern era."
An argument that Einstein's theory of relativity was no stroke of genius but, rather, a logical development of ideas already in the air. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 14, 2003

"A good summary for the lay reader."
Up-to-date and enthusiastic tour of the new cosmology. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"Well-presented scientific history with an interesting philosophical twist: take with a grain of salt."
A revisionist argument that the Catholic Church was right to try the father of astronomy on charges of heresy in 1633. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2003

"A must for fans of Gardner, and for rationalists of all stripes."
America's favorite skeptic (Visitors From Oz, 1998, etc.) presents another smorgasbord of common sense, practical criticism, and entertainment. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 24, 2003

"Able presentation of the piquant stew of emotional, literary, artistic, religious, and technological considerations that spurred—and spurred and spurred—the will to human flight. (22 b&w photos)"
Former Smithsonian consultant Singer debuts with a panoptic exploration of the motivation and ingenuity that have marked our urge to fly. 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 >