Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 18, 1999

"Kolata's is a knowledgeable voice, and her enthusiasm for the chase draws us into the intrigue. Her frightening conclusion? It could happen again, at any time."
A still-unsolved medical mystery, expertly told: What caused the influenza pandemic of 1918, a disaster that dwarfs every other epidemic in this century? And could it happen again? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 17, 1999

"Fragmented and muddled, with considerable solid research gone to waste. (125 illus.)"
A brief and remarkably dull history of the creature comforts, from indoor flush toilets to microwave ovens, that are taken for granted in homes today. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 11, 1999

"Full of ideas but going nowhere in particular, which is perhaps what the author intended all along. (First printing of 40,000; author tour)"
Part history, part philosophy, with some story problems thrown in for good measure: a wandering tale of the origins and uses of the number zero. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 1999

"Well-written, unfailingly lively, and packed with fascinating characters—one of the best scientific histories in years."
The 17th and 18th centuries saw a scientific revolution unlike any in history; here's a look at the remarkable men (and a few women) who brought it about. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 1999

"With the year 2000 on the horizon, Steel hits the shelves at an opportune time; unfortunately, the general reader will have to look elsewhere for a more accessible history of our often illogical calendar."
A topical but pedantic study of how our calendar's development has owed as much to human choice as scientific precision. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 1999

"As flawed as the science it attacks, with just enough substance to seduce the ignorant."
This antiscientific tract by a history professor focuses on the sexual politics of science. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"For those who can match them step for step, the Barashes are good Sherpas, elegantly and expertly guiding readers up the gnarly, precipitous slopes of human biological science."
A clear, thorough, and challenging bioliteracy primer from David Barash (Making Sense of Sex, 1997, etc.) and his daughter Ilona. Read full book review >
TWILIGHT by Henry Grunwald
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 3, 1999

"Grunwald's eyesight may have become cloudy, but the picture he creates for us is crystal clear."
A slim volume on the learned truths of living with limited vision by a man for whom the printed word has been the mainstay of both his professional and private life. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"A fascinating story that suggests a wider future for one branch of physics and bigger rewards for businesses that support theoretical concepts."
A business tale that takes a different path from start-up to success. Read full book review >
ECOLOGY OF A CRACKER CHILDHOOD by Janisse Ray
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 2, 1999

"Own it she does, with a gutsy, wholly original memoir of ragged grace and raw beauty."
Ray's redemptive story of an impoverished childhood brings to mind the novels of Dorothy Allison and the nature writing of Amy Blackmarr, but the stunning voice and vision are hers alone. Read full book review >
BORDERLANDS OF SCIENCE by Charles Sheffield
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"As Mr. Spock would say: fascinating."
A tour through the borderlands where today's science turns into tomorrow's science fiction, from the physicist and Nebula- and Hugo Award—winning novelist (Aftermath, 1998, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 1999

"Jolly is an enthusiastic guide; she has fun with all this, and readers will too. (30 illustrations)"
A primatologist's musings on evolution, with special attention to the myriad changing roles of the sexes and to the development of intelligence and human interdependence. 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 >