Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 163)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2000

"A stimulating and eminently accessible introduction to the frontiers of scientific theory."
An enjoyably quick-paced interdisciplinary survey of the outer limits of scientific thought. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 16, 2000

"Colapinto's storytelling, taut and emotive, never plays the grim tale for its sideshow qualities, nor claims the last word on nature versus nurture. (First printing of 125,000; Literary Guild super release; author tour)"
Born a boy, brought up a girl, David Thiessen always knew in his genes that he was a male, despite his eminent doctor's self-serving pronouncements. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 13, 2000

"An eloquent eulogy for our late millennium's old-world order of provincialism, and a passport to our borderless future."
A delectable smorgasbord of bite-size travel details and large truths that offer a taste of the global world to come. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 11, 2000

"Eminently readable, compelling, and important. (Print satellite tour)"
A rare event: a scientific paradigm shift going on in our own time, lucidly explained. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A gold mine for anyone interested in one of the giants of Renaissance science."
We think of Big Science, with heavy government support and huge teams working on long-term projects, as typically modern, but Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe was thinking big in the late 16th century. Read full book review >

BLACK TIDES by Miles O. Hayes
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

An illuminating, albeit willfully and irritatingly rustic, excursion through the recent history of oil spills and the development of rapid response teams to the events, from one of the people who goes around cleaning up after them. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Let the scholars debate the evidence while the rest of us enjoy the encapsulated history of all those tribes ancestral to the nation states we recognize today. (Book-of-the-Month Club/Quality Paperback Book Club selection)"
The political face of the world changed irrevocably in mid'sixth century a.d., says the archaeology correspondent of The Independent, in a formidably argued treatise. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"A different brand of business book, thank goodness: saucy, heartfelt, and warmly appealing in its faith in the commonwealth."
The Internet is loosening the corset strings of business—pretty much sloughing off the whole cruel garment—suggest computer-folk Levine, Locke, Searls, and Weinberger; and businesses that don't get natural soon won't have any customers. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"The trail of discovery hangs heavy with the scent of life.'"
Astronomer Koerner and biologist LeVay plot scenarios for extraterrestrial life in this sharp, enthusiastic, and skeptically tempered overview of "cosmic biology." Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Otherwise, he is accurate, uncontroversial, and readable: a fine term paper source."
Just as advertised, Walsh provides an overview of the American space program, from the V-2 rockets of Nazi Germany to John Glenn's historic return to space in 1998. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Jaffe's account underscores how much of science is personal, and how tightly it is enmeshed in society, politics and purse strings."
Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Jaffe (And No Birds Sing, 1994) unearths the historical record as assiduously as his heroes/villains unearthed fossils a century ago in this account of the celebrated feud between Philadelphia's E.D. Cope and New Haven's O.C. Marsh. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"An entertaining, disorganized, and inspiring jaunt, the chief value of which is its message to readers: Reach for the stars."
A brief, engaging, sometimes scintillating ramble around the cosmos with Tyson (Astrophysics/Princeton; dir., Hayden Planetarium), who shares his perspectives and experiences as an African-American astrophysicist. 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 >