Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 5, 2010

"Eye-opening reading, with implications for just about anyone who uses that utility, which means just about everyone."
Powerful forces are afoot to take control of the Internet—for profit, of course. It's happened before, writes Slate contributor Wu (Copyright and Communications/Columbia Univ.; co-author: Who Controls the Internet?, 2006), and the corporations have won just about every time. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 21, 2010

"Disturbing and well-documented—and hopefully effective. Though tribal leaders have banned yellow-dirt extraction, mining companies hope to resume operations."
Former Los Angeles Times reporter Pasternak debuts with an explosive account of U.S. neglect of the Navajo Indians during the rush to find the uranium required to create the first atomic bomb. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 2, 2010

"A delightful, illuminating grab bag of space-flight curiosities."
Popular-science writer Roach (Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex, 2008, etc.) entertainingly addresses numerous questions about life in outer space. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 26, 2010

"A challenging but immensely rewarding read."
An environmental historian blends the past, present and future of exploration in a unique account of the Voyager space program. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: July 1, 2010

"Immensely readable and informative."
Pulitzer Prize winner Weiner (Science Writing/Columbia Univ.; His Brother's Keeper: A Story from the Edge of Medicine, 2004, etc.) offers a gripping account of the science of aging. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 15, 2010

"A smorgasbord for math fans of all abilities."
An expansive overview of numbers and figures, and those who find them irresistible. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 1, 2010

"A staggering work of epistemological research."
Former book editor and publisher Rosen (Justinian's Flea: Plague, Empire, and the Birth of Europe, 2007) pursues the question of why English-speaking peoples developed the key mechanical innovations that propelled the modern world. Read full book review >
THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS by Rebecca Skloot
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 9, 2010

"Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics."
A dense, absorbing investigation into the medical community's exploitation of a dying woman and her family's struggle to salvage truth and dignity decades later. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Oct. 19, 2009

"Breathtaking in scope and implication—a must-read."
A comprehensive, forward-thinking blueprint for sustainable living. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2009

Along with Einstein, Bohr, Heisenberg, Pauli and Schrödinger, Paul Dirac (1902-1984) was a giant of 20th-century physics, and this rich, satisfying biography does him justice. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 24, 2009

"Superb."
New York Times "Science Times" writer Yoon debuts with a wondrous history of taxonomy—the science of ordering and naming living things—and how it has disconnected us from the natural world. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 17, 2009

"An extraordinary true-adventure story, complete with trials, tribulations and moments of exultation."
Sparkling group portrait of the intrepid naturalists who challenged accepted notions about the creation of life and transformed science in the process. 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 >