Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 164)

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 9, 2004

"Diverting and often insightful, but ten minutes later you could be hungry for knowledge all over again."
The Astronomy columnist (Cosmic Adventure, 1998, etc.) invites readers to prowl their neighborhoods in search of everyday phenomena, then sit back and let him explain them—as well as the rest of the Universe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 6, 2004

"Absorbing and thought-provoking."
Seventeenth-century England forms the tumultuous backdrop for science journalist Zimmer's account of the handful of thinkers who established that the brain, not the heart, was the seat of the soul. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 15, 2003

"An engaging resume of the pros and cons in the raging controversies that characterize anthropology/paleontology today, as well as a pleasing summary of the author's own arguments."
Bipedalism long preceded tool use and bigger brains in human evolution, notes primate-watcher Stanford (Anthropology/Univ. of Southern California), and it was all for the love of meat. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 7, 2003

"The best look at this subject since Carl Sagan's Cosmic Connection (1973)."
An exuberant, provocative look at the possibility of extraterrestrial life, what it might be like, and what it might mean. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 4, 2003

"A loud and clear caveat emptor, backed up by undeniably disturbing facts regarding the risks and benefits of present-day procedures and future possibilities."
A critical look at the historical record of medical enhancements as influenced by science, medicine, culture, and commerce, and the lessons to be learned from past experience. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A real treat for aviation buffs, and by far the best one-volume analysis of the subject."
A superb history of flying machines, by one who should know. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"Off the deep end."
High-minded, full of righteous indignation and now-it-can-be-told breathiness, this tract trades in half-baked conspiracy theories. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

"A thoroughly readable survey of scientific history, spiced by a brilliant and memorable cast of characters."
Five hundred years of science and scientists, by astronomer turned prolific popular-science writer Gribbin (The Birth of Time, 2000, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 21, 2003

"Despite occasionally clumsy exposition, Higher goes a long way toward doing justice to its fascinating subject."
Bascomb debuts with a lively account of how three great New York City skyscrapers were built at the end of the Roaring Twenties. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 13, 2003

"A lucid survey synthesizing a broad range of historical research."
A timely study of the world's first great scientific-military-industrial complex. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >