Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"As popular natural histories go, Alexander's is a yeoman's work, with enough telling details to give the elephant a justly unique, mesmeric image. (16-page photo insert, not seen)"
An entertaining albeit at times overengrossed portrait—cultural, physiological, historical—of the elephant. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

"A surprising account of material overlooked or misunderstood by both historians of science and interpreters of Greek myth. (83 b&w illustrations)"
Scientific paleontology began in the 19th century, but the ever-curious Greeks were well aware of fossils. Here's a clear account of what they knew about them—and what they made of the strange bones they found. Read full book review >

ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: May 1, 2000

"Wellwritten, insightful, and a useful reminder of the complex issues still unsolved in the biological sciences."
This wideranging collection of provocative essayreviews from The New York Review of Books focuses on the biological sciences. Read full book review >
TOWER by Bill Henderson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 2000

"Henderson may meander a bit, but his search for fulfillment and a renewed outlook on life lands on solid and fertile ground. (10 b&w illustrations)"
Pushcart Press founder and publisher Henderson (Minutes of the Lead Pencil Club, 1996, etc.) discovers the "utter joy of building" and shares his quest for grace, bargain lumber, and something to call God in this part-memoir, part-how-to labor of love. Read full book review >
JUNE 8, 2004, VENUS IN TRANSIT by Eli Maor
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Instead of a single hero who triumphs, however, Maor's cast includes amateurs and professionals, clergymen and sea captains, the wrongheaded and the brilliant—with every one of them lucky enough to witness a transit glorying in their view."
Mathematician Maor (e: The Story of a Number, 1994) turns his attention to astronomy in this enlightening account of the transits of Venus that have taken place over the past five centuries. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"A lively tale of clashing egos and national pride that reveals more about our own times than the Stone Age. (16 pages of b&w photographs, not seen, map)"
A wellresearched and thoroughly fascinating account of the scientific, political, and commercial ramifications following the discovery of a Stone Age man's mummified corpse. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 1, 2000

"Close attention is required, but the fascinating story Gribbin has to tell is worth the effort."
How old is the universe? The answer (and the story of how the answer was determined) is the subject of this demanding but not overwhelming account of astronomers at work. Read full book review >
PASSIONATE MINDS by Claudia Roth Pierpont
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 7, 2000

"Individually, however, these are compelling and provocative essays, offering fresh insights into the lives and works of the disparate writers. (11 b&w photos)"
Probing, challenging literary profiles of a dozen 20th-century women whose personal and public concerns encompass sex, race, politics, and, of course, the roles of women. Read full book review >
CANCER by Mel Greaves
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Greaves's study is complex and dense, but readers who stick with it will have a solid understanding of one of the most feared of all diseases."
A meticulous scientific explanation of cancer in all of its wretched manifestations, cast in the light of evolutionary biology. Read full book review >
THE VIRUS WITHIN by Nicholas Regush
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Regush has hold of a real story here, but his account, while mildly diverting, is too sketchy and jumbled for all but the most casual reader."
A lightweight look into a medical mystery: Could human herpes virus 6 (HHV6) be the culprit in numerous serious human ills? Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 1, 2000

"Vintage Gould: stimulating, erudite, and eminently enjoyable."
From the distinguished and eloquent Gould (Zoology & Geology/Harvard; Leonardo's Mountain and the Diet of Worms, 1998), a characteristically genial and stimulating intellectual stroll. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 18, 2000

"Geeks rule in the Internet future, but what we have here is a love story, and a fine one."
This story of a gritty computer nerd who makes the break from desperate circumstances takes readers— emotions off guard, first disarming and then touching them. 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 >