Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 17)

NON-FICTION
Released: May 10, 2011

"The author does a superb job of describing the nuts-and-bolts of field research, the meaning of the often headline-producing findings and the ever-changing variety of species who split off from the common ancestors of chimpanzees and hominids."
An appealing account of human evolution and the fiercely competitive anthropologists who are unearthing our ancestors' remains and arguing over what they mean. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 15, 2011

"A shocking exposé of judicial overreach."
In this hard-hitting debut, journalist Potter likens the Justice Department targeting of environmentalists today to McCarthyism in the 1950s. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: April 5, 2011

"A lyrical, informed investigation into the human as ecological agent, and a provocation to act responsibly."
Flannery (Environmental Sustainability/Macquarie Univ.; Chasing Kangaroos, 2008, etc.) scrutinizes humankind's relationship to Earth and manages to find optimism at this critical, crossroads moment. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: April 4, 2011

"An excellent preview of what may be the next big scientific breakthrough."
An up-to-the-minute look at the frontiers of the search for life outside Earth. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 20, 2011

"No Luddite diatribe, but an insightful tale of the digital dilemmas familiar to many families."
Weekend Australian Magazine columnist Maushart (What Women Want Now, 2007, etc.) examines what happened when she and her three teenaged children went on a six-month hiatus from the digital world. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 10, 2011

"Panek delivers vivid sketches of scientists, lucid explanations of their work and revealing descriptions of the often stormy rivalry that led to this scientific revolution, usually a media cliché, but not in this case."
A superior account of how astronomers discovered that they knew almost nothing about 96 percent of the universe. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 4, 2011

"A superb work of environmental reportage and reflection."
Literate wanderings in a tormented world full of wounds, led by accomplished traveler, writer and Blue Ocean Institute founder Safina (Voyage of the Turtle: In Pursuit of the Earth's Last Dinosaur, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Apollo, Ra, Inti or Huitzilopochtli—all would rock with delight at Cohen's sweeping endeavor."
A remarkably comprehensive and engrossing synthesis of the sun's influence on science, art, religion, literature, mythology and politics. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >