Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 3)

THE EFFICIENCY PARADOX by Edward Tenner
Released: April 17, 2018

"Of a piece with recent critiques of technological overreach, and among the best of them."
A bite on the data-driven hand that feeds the system. Read full book review >
LYME by Mary Beth Pfeiffer
Released: April 17, 2018

"Pfeiffer's indignation and constant lacing of the text with tick names and numbers, disease counts, and tragic cases create a high emotional pitch that can be exhausting, but the basic facts she sets forth are credible, and they deserve immediate attention."
An alert about the dangers of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. Read full book review >

Released: April 17, 2018

"Evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and polemic combine in an appealing argument for human uniqueness."
An insightful defense of evolution that turns the arguments of creationists against them. Read full book review >
Released: April 17, 2018

"It's not quite in the same league as Moneyball, but readers interested in the applications of neuroscience to everyday life will find plenty of value here."
New York Times contributor Schonbrun takes readers on a sometimes-tangled but revealing tour of the minds of winning athletes. Read full book review >
FUTUREFACE by Alex Wagner
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 17, 2018

"A timely investigation that turns up 'sad confirmation that animus and violence and expulsion always end up screwing everyone, even the people doing the expelling.'"
A cultural commentator turns her acute observational skills and journalistic skills to the mystery of her own heritage. Read full book review >

Released: April 16, 2018

"A sturdy contribution to the history of science."
Why can't religion and science be reconciled? Because of math. Read full book review >
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 >
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 >