Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 168)

NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"Taquet is a good storyteller, his lessons as easy to consume as shucked oysters, and the thrill he finds in his work is catching. (illustrations, not seen)"
Lively, vivid, bracingly enthusiastic—these tales of paleontological field days and discoveries from Taquet, director of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, give a sharp taste of what spurred him to say yes to the question: "Do you take paleontology as your spouse and promise to serve her faithfully for the rest of your days?" Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"A good brief history of scientific astronomy, with the focus where it belongs—on the instruments that have brought us the knowledge of the stars."
Every invention changes the world a little bit, but the telescope did far more than thatóit changed the way we perceive the universe. Read full book review >

THIS NEW OCEAN by William E. Burrows
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"But overall, this is likely to be the bible for those tracking a unique period in Earth history—the 'first' space age as Burrows terms it. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen) (Author tour)"
An encyclopedic history of space exploration by an insider and veteran reporter who has lost nothing in his enthusiasm and respect for what humankind has wrought. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

An outspoken and well-spoken sociologist (City University of New York Graduate School) takes on the biomedical establishment in this collection of essays on genes, race, disease, eugenics, procreation, and the future. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 17, 1998

"Constructs a theoretical bridge between neuroscience and psychology the soundness of which remains to be tested. (b&w illustraitons)"
A psychiatrist argues for an intriguing theory about the psychological nature of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Read full book review >

THE FACE by Daniel McNeill
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"But McNeill's thoroughness, wide-ranging research, and deft touch make for an engaging and revealing tale. (40 b&w illustrations, not seen)"
From ear to ear and including everything in between, a comprehensive, occasionally disproportionate, look at all things related to the human face. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 14, 1998

"This poses an important challenge to the mounting pressure on parents that decrees they alone can guide the character and accomplishments of their children."
A meta-analysis of nature/nurture research. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Sept. 2, 1998

"Ramachandran, who likens himself to a sleuth and has boundless curiosity, leads readers on a riveting trail of detection. (Author tour)"
Insights and intriguing speculations from a neurologist whose patients provide him with unusual opportunities to explore the brain. Read full book review >
DANCING NAKED IN THE MIND FIELD by Kary Mullis
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Aug. 31, 1998

"To his credit, Mullis' style is pithy and to the point. If only the point made sense half of the time!"
Partway through this breezy autobiography, Nobel laureate Mullis suddenly seems like someone you might want to invite to a dinner party—informed, entertaining, even brilliant. Read full book review >
RESCUING PROMETHEUS by Thomas P. Hughes
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Aug. 19, 1998

"A complex book, but the attentive reader will be able to manage it. (b&w photos, not seen)"
The odd and elusive story of how large-scale technological projects of the post-WWII era have created new, postmodern methods of management and engineering. Read full book review >
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Aug. 14, 1998

Another addition to the recent spate of books on the new (old) German capital. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Aug. 1, 1998

"It is far better for us all to be as informed as possible to temper the excesses of biologists who might play God—as well as the Appleyards whose fearmongering posits science as the root of all evil."
Appleyard, a special-feature writer and columnist for the Sunday Times of London, is worried. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kathleen Kent
author of THE DIME
February 20, 2017

Dallas, Texas is not for the faint of heart. Good thing for Betty Rhyzyk she's from a family of take-no-prisoners Brooklyn police detectives. But in Kathleen Kent’s new novel The Dime, her Big Apple wisdom will only get her so far when she relocates to The Big D, where Mexican drug cartels and cult leaders, deadbeat skells and society wives all battle for sunbaked turf. Betty is as tough as the best of them, but she's deeply shaken when her first investigation goes sideways. Battling a group of unruly subordinates, a persistent stalker, a formidable criminal organization, and an unsupportive girlfriend, the unbreakable Detective Betty Rhyzyk may be reaching her limit. “Violent, sexy, and completely absorbing,” our critic writes in a starred review. “Kent's detective is Sam Spade reincarnated—as a brilliant, modern woman.” View video >