Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 4)

THE VACCINE RACE by Meredith Wadman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important story well told, featuring the drama and characters needed to make this a candidate for film adaptation."
A dramatic medical history that reveals the progress and the stumbles, the personalities and the rivalries, in the race to find a vaccine for rubella, or German measles. Read full book review >
THE HUNGRY BRAIN by Stephan Guyenet
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"A helpful guide offering encouragement to those looking for ways to lead healthier lives."
Obesity researcher and health writer Guyenet seeks an answer to why, "between 1980 and the present, the U.S. obesity rate more than doubled" despite our national obsession with dieting. Read full book review >

MODERN DEATH by Haider Warraich
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important contribution to a serious discussion of profound life-and-death issues."
An examination of "our ongoing battle with aging, disease, and death." Read full book review >
SYSTEMATIC by James R. Valcourt
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"Readers will notice that, except for a few dramatic anecdotes, none of Valcourt's marvels is currently happening, but he makes a convincing case that they are viable and just around the corner."
Exploration of "how understanding neural systems is helping us unravel some of the biggest mysteries in science." Read full book review >
GET WELL SOON by Jennifer Wright
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"There's no question that Wright has covered a lot of medical territory with good information; if only she had curbed her enthusiasm to pontificate."
A lightweight history of plagues from an author who is "invested in this study…because I think knowing how diseases have been combatted in the past will be helpful in the future." Read full book review >

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 1, 2017

"An illuminating look at what the brave new world of the future may hold."
A fresh look at the nature vs. nurture debate and the role of race in shaping intelligence and personality. Read full book review >
WAVES PASSING IN THE NIGHT by Lawrence Weschler
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"An extended New Yorker-style profile of a public figure who is charismatic and interesting enough to deserve a fuller biography."
An odd but appealing portrait of an Academy Award-winning sound editor fascinated with a simple 18th-century equation that predicts the distance of planets and satellites from the central body. Read full book review >
FURRY LOGIC by Matin Durrani
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"Light science reading that informs while it entertains—good for dipping into and out of."
How animals are designed to make the most efficient use of physical principles in their struggle to survive. Read full book review >
POWER PLAY by Asi Burak
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A rejoinder to the anti-technological and a solid piece of pop-culture/business journalism."
When trouble comes calling, hit the joystick: an insider's view of the good things that can emerge from being glued to a screen. Read full book review >
THE BOOK THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Randall Fuller
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A fresh, invigorating history of philosophical and political struggles."
A vibrant history of the reception of Charles Darwin's ideas by American minds and spirits. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Cutting-edge theoretical physics for a popular audience that obeys the rules (little math, plenty of drawings), but it's not for the faint of heart."
When theoretical physicist Rovelli's Seven Lessons in Physics became an international bestseller in 2015, his Italian publisher proceeded to translate this, his previous book, which turns out to be an admirable addition to a popular genre: explaining what scientists know about the universe and their struggles to learn more. Read full book review >
FOOD & COOKING
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Mogavero provides a surfeit of palate-cleansing insight."
A book that not only goes behind the scene and through the kitchen, but into the metrics that distinguish a thriving restaurant from a floundering one. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Brad Parks
author of SAY NOTHING
March 7, 2017

In Brad Parks’ new thriller Say Nothing, judge Scott Sampson doesn’t brag about having a perfect life, but the evidence is clear: a prestigious job. A beloved family. On an ordinary Wednesday afternoon, he is about to pick up his six-year-old twins to go swimming when his wife, Alison, texts him that she’ll get the kids from school instead. It’s not until she gets home later that Scott realizes she doesn’t have the children. And she never sent the text. Then the phone rings, and every parent’s most chilling nightmare begins. A man has stolen Sam and Emma. For Scott and Alison, the kidnapper’s call is only the beginning of a twisting, gut-churning ordeal of blackmail, deceit, and terror; a high-profile trial like none the judge or his wife has ever experienced. Their marriage falters. Suspicions and long-buried jealousies rise to the surface. Fractures appear. Lies are told. “The nerve-shredding never lets up for a minute as Parks picks you up by the scruff of the neck, shakes you vigorously, and repeats over and over again till a climax so harrowing that you’ll be shaking with gratitude that it’s finally over,” our critic writes in a starred review. View video >