Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An eye-opening perspective on biology, ecology, and medicine—well worth reading, even if the subject makes you squeamish."
Parasites, the stuff of many people's nightmares, are a biologist's dream—superbly adapted creatures that have evolved sophisticated strategies for living off their hosts. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Antonacci's research will reinforce the faith of those who already believe in the Shroud, but is unlikely to win any converts among empirical-minded skeptics."
An attempt to demonstrate the scientific authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, believed by some to be the burial shroud of Jesus. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An absorbing analysis of issues that will dominate 21st-century biomedical science as technology steams full-speed ahead, leaving major moral issues in its wake."
An examination of the hostilities surrounding the use of animals in research. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Despite the cuteness, though, a user-friendly guide to the nuts and bolts of genetic engineering."
Australian geneticist Walker and microbiologist McKay offer a simple guide to the exciting field of genetic engineering. Read full book review >
THE SONG OF THE EARTH by Jonathan Bate
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"An eccentric but worthwhile study."
An engaging, closely researched selection of poets whose mediating powers between humans and the natural world have helped restore our links to the earth. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"Dabbs's writing is wonderfully accessible, with a voice like that of a favorite professor whose class you never want to miss."
A fascinating and timely study of the hormone testosterone and its varied effects on individuals and society. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A lucid, highly readable report on ecological science on the front lines."
If you really think that conducting biological research in the tropics is a glamorous occupation, then here's a reality check. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

"A heart-warming chronicle of human courage and endurance, as well as a welcome restoration of a pioneering aeronautical engineer's tarnished reputation."
A gripping tale of a disastrous expedition to the North Pole led by the Italian dirigible designer Umberto Nobile. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2000

"Unfortunately, Cooper has bitten off more than she can chew, and the effectiveness of her many food-related messages is weakened by a lack of focus."
A concerned chef puts the food supply under scrutiny and comes up with some bad news about what's wrong with the way we're growing our food and eating it too. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2000

"Full of interesting, often useful insights, but the author's straining for universal significance seems hubristic. Take with several grains of salt."
The author postulates that all creatures are parts of a worldwide "learning machine" that has evolved since the beginning of the universe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Loaded with computer jargon and acronyms, this is a story told with gusto by a knowledgeable devotee—but for computer illiterates outside cubicle farms, accessibility will be limited."
There's no free lunch, but there is abundant free source-code software out there in the ether. Perhaps you have no idea what "source code" is. You will get just the sketchiest of notions here, hidden in a thoroughgoing description of the movement to spread the thing around. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2000

"Jenkins does a fine job of threading Cody's personal saga into the histories of the Wild West and world aviation, weaving a pleasingly reader-friendly narrative."
A rollicking, consistently surprising biography of an American cowboy who, in an unlikely turn of history, ended his life a hero of British aviation. 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 >