Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A timely, energetic combination of social and scientific history in anticipation of the total solar eclipse predicted for Aug. 21, 2017."
The captivating story of a 19th-century solar eclipse. Read full book review >
SNOOZE by Michael  McGirr
NON-FICTION
Released: June 6, 2017

"A good book to curl up with while pondering the mysteries of Morpheus."
An eyes-wide-open look at the penumbral world of sleep, where we spend so much of our time without quite knowing why. Read full book review >

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 6, 2017

"An instructive tale of one man's 'burning mission to bring back manufacturing and innovation to America.'"
An award-winning science journalist charges that the United States is ceding first place to the Chinese in the development of technologies invented by American scientists. Read full book review >
MY EUROPEAN FAMILY by Karin Bojs
NON-FICTION
Released: May 30, 2017

"A book to consult before swabbing, full of insight into the uses and abuses of genetics."
A science journalist searches deep for roots and finds them in the deepest helixes of her genetic code. Read full book review >
GEEK GIRL RISING by Samantha Walravens
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"A well-organized if sometimes-superficial survey of the successes and occasional failures of women working in what has traditionally been a male-dominated field."
Concentrating on the years 2014 through 2016, journalists Cabot and Walravens (editor: Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood, 2011) tell the stories of dozens of women who are working in or leading tech companies. Read full book review >

WILD RIDE by Adam Lashinsky
Released: May 23, 2017

"A straightforward journalistic examination of a fast-tracked, controversial company and its headstrong leader."
The rise and plateau of the global ride-sharing industry's biggest player. Read full book review >
THE TRIGONOMETRY TRYST by J.A. Bailey
NON-FICTION
Released: May 23, 2017

"This novel's quirky concept will please math buffs and beginning trigonometry students, but it may wear thin for others."
Bailey's debut novel follows human versions of six trigonometric functions as they intersect in the final weeks of a college school year. Read full book review >
FUNDAMENTALS OF BUILDING COMPONENTS AND SYSTEMS by Denis Rudnev
NON-FICTION
Released: May 22, 2017

"An accessible and impressive manual on building systems, useful for beginners or those charged with teaching them."
A debut guide aimed at community managers focuses on property maintenance. Read full book review >
EATING PROMISCUOUSLY by James McWilliams
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"McWilliams presents a solid argument, though it is not as radical or inspiring as he may have hoped, and the book could use more focused attention on creating the ideal world the author envisions.
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A food writer and historian argues that humans would be healthier with a more diverse diet. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Once again, Kakalios makes physics relatable, this time demonstrating how profoundly its principles enable our way of life."
A renowned physicist and science popularizer explains the principles underlying technologies that comprise the modern mundane. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"Illuminating and entertaining—heady science written for a lay readership, bringing scaling theory and kindred ideas to a large audience."
From a dean of complexity theory comes a sharp consideration of the pace and pattern of life in a universe of "complex adaptive systems." Read full book review >
<i>APOLLO 8</i> by Jeffrey Kluger
NON-FICTION
Released: May 16, 2017

"An enjoyable retelling of one of the momentous American achievements that made the moon landing possible."
How NASA defeated the Soviets in the space race by becoming the first country to send three astronauts on a flight to the moon despite what might have been a disastrous setback. 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 >