Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

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 >

SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Aristotle, from St. Augustine and the Buddha to contemporary theological thought, Lightman presents a distilled but comprehensive survey of the search for meaning, or the lack thereof, in our longing to be part of the infinite."
One of our most reliable interpreters of science offers a slender book of ruminations that venture wide and deep. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"An important cautionary book that is also oddly exhilarating. At a time when Americans are bombarded with nativism, it's refreshing to read about American volunteers who came through in a crisis affecting some of the poorest nations in the world."
A veteran journalist's chronicle of the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, which struck more than 28,000 people and killed 11,310. Read full book review >
MAKER OF PATTERNS by Freeman Dyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A pleasure for science students and particularly of science humanely practiced."
An epistolary memoir from a leading postwar physicist and mathematician, taking in the era from the 1940s to the end of the 1970s. Read full book review >
YOU CAN STOP HUMMING NOW by Daniela J. Lamas
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"An enthralling reminder that behind every medical advance are the people whose lives it affects and that their stories have impact."
An unflinching report from the front lines of critical care medicine, a technology-driven field in which doctors routinely save patients' lives—sometimes at great cost to their physical and mental health. Read full book review >
Released: March 27, 2018

"Not an easy read, but an eye-opening account of significant scientific advances that throw a spectacular, often unexpected light on human prehistory."
A surprising new description of how Homo sapiens originated in Africa and spread around the world. Read full book review >
Released: March 20, 2018

"Programmers, social engineers, and management consultants are among the many audiences for this useful, thought-provoking book."
If it can be built, it can fall apart: a cautionary study in how complex systems can easily go awry. Read full book review >
THE PLEASURE SHOCK by Lone Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A thoughtful, always interesting look into the workings of the mind—and the sometimes-surprising implications of how those workings have been revealed."
Science in the service of power can easily be warped and distorted—but, as this book shows, it can sometimes yield unexpected benefits. 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 >