Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 2)

NO IMMEDIATE DANGER by William T. Vollmann
Released: April 10, 2018

"Vollmann promises a second volume to come—and perhaps more beyond that. Only the irradiated future will tell."
Vollmann (The Dying Grass, 2015, etc.) apologizes to the future that we've ruined, charting how our choices of energy sources made the planet scarcely inhabitable. Read full book review >
BUILDING AND DWELLING by Richard Sennett
Released: April 10, 2018

"A wide-ranging and learned work that celebrates the city as rich, engaged, tolerant, and alive."
Why more ethical and open cities represent the future of urban planning. Read full book review >

Released: April 10, 2018

"A powerful text that floods the mind with illumination—and with agonizing questions."
Ehrenreich (Living with a Wild God: A Nonbeliever's Search for the Truth about Everything, 2014, etc.) returns with research and rumination on the complexity of our human bodies and the misconceptions of our minds. Read full book review >
Released: April 5, 2018

"Relevant, cautionary, prognosticative insights on the enduring digitization vs. democracy turf war."
A provocative report on the "looming dystopia" of the digital revolution and its effects on democracy. Read full book review >
BRAVE NEW ARCTIC by Mark C. Serreze
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An alarming, evidence-based book by a scientist who is not by nature an alarmist."
Documenting the connection between unprecedented ice-melting in the Arctic and climate change throughout the world. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An overly breathless yet entertaining account of a pioneering space mission that deserves to be better known."
An exuberant history of a major turning point in early American spaceflight, possibly "the riskiest and most thrilling of all the Apollo missions." Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"As he has done in previous books, Gazzaniga easily draws readers into one of the most fascinating conversations taking place in modern science."
One of the world's leading cognitive neuroscientists upends binary theories of consciousness and argues that it is manifested throughout the brain by localized circuits, an idea backed by emerging scientific data and resonant with philosophical ideas that have been around for centuries. Read full book review >
THE NEUROSCIENTIST WHO LOST HER MIND by Barbara K. Lipska
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"A harrowing, intimately candid survivor's journey through the minefields of cancer treatment."
A vibrant mental health expert's bout with brain cancer and the revolutionary treatments that saved her life. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM by Brantley Hargrove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enthralling profile of a storm enthusiast and adrenaline junkie who took his intense interest to extreme measures."
An adroit biography of a thrill-seeking storm chaser. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"These ideas—first introduced in the Harvard Business Review­­—will intrigue anyone who wants to channel the new power of the crowd."
A study of the "new power" made possible by connectivity. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"An expert romp through urban natural history, which, despite the absence of glamorous megafauna, turns out to be a turbulent, hothouse ecosystem whose life is evolving before our eyes."
An appealing argument that "we must embrace and harness the evolutionary forces that are shaping novel ecosystems right here, right now, and work toward allowing nature to grow in the hearts of our cities." Read full book review >
SELFIE by Will Storr
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"Captivating, self-reflective research on our culture of rampant egocentricity."
Studying self-image from a variety of perspectives. 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 >