Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

NON-FICTION
Released: July 4, 2017

"Science and anecdote intertwine in this close examination of the bonds that bind humans together."
How and why intimacy is important in life. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2017

"An enthralling story only occasionally inhibited by languorous prose."
A tale of the resurrection of the woolly mammoth and how "biology and genetics [have] gone from passive observation to active creation." Read full book review >

MAKING CONTACT by Sarah  Scoles
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"Scoles has done her homework, so readers will both understand and sympathize with Tarter, who has become an icon and role model despite pursuing a goal she knows she will never achieve."
The inspiring story of an important American astronomer who co-founded the SETI Institute, which was created "to study all aspects of the existence, formation, and evolution of life in the universe. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. Read full book review >
NATURE by Jeff Mitchell
NON-FICTION
Released: June 28, 2017

"A bold and persuasive alternative to contemporary evolutionary theory."
An author presents a revision of neo-Darwinian evolution and a new understanding of human life. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: June 27, 2017

"A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern."
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. Read full book review >
Released: June 27, 2017

"There have been many recent books on the workings of the mind, and while this one doesn't quite stand out with the best of the pack, it rewards readers with many useful insights."
An exploration of recent discoveries in neuroscience and the ways in which we perceive and interpret the world. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A striking scientific journey that draws hopeful attention to how the brain reacts, restores, and perseveres despite grave injury."
An exploration of the current medical research on brain health and the consciousness of patients who suffer catastrophic head trauma. Read full book review >
OPEN HEART by Stephen   Westaby
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"Not without some gore but required reading for medical students and hospital-show junkies but also for anyone curious to learn about hearts and the heroic measures to save them."
A first-rate memoir from a British heart surgeon. Read full book review >
GASTROPHYSICS by Charles  Spence
NON-FICTION
Released: June 20, 2017

"A sharp, engaging education for food consumers and a font of ideas for restaurateurs and chefs as well."
A spry book of cutting-edge food science. Read full book review >
THE BOY WHO LOVED TOO MUCH by Jennifer Latson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 20, 2017

"A well-researched, perceptive exploration of a rare genetic disorder seen through the eyes of a mother and son."
A personal look at Williams syndrome, "a genetic fluke that strip[s] one in every 10,000 people of the inherent wariness, skepticism, and inhibition that [are] hardwired into the rest of us." Read full book review >
THE ONE DEVICE by Brian  Merchant
Released: June 20, 2017

"Merchant's story takes sometimes-unexpected turns, but in the end, he paints a thoughtful portrait of how a piece of reigning technology became ubiquitous in just a decade, for good and ill."
Wide-ranging history of the iPhone, which might just be "the pinnacle product of all of capitalism to this point." 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 >