Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 6)

BROAD BAND by Claire L. Evans
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 6, 2018

"An edifying and entertaining history of the rise of the computer age and the women who made it possible. A good choice for fans of Hidden Figures."
A history of the major role women played in creating the internet and the computer industry. Read full book review >

A LAB OF ONE'S OWN by Patricia Fara
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2018

"A densely written, well-documented history of the British experience that will resonate with American women as well."
A scholarly study of the role of suffragists in the years leading up to World War I, of women scientists during the war, and of the kind of discrimination they still face today. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which 'finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.'"
Another entry in the rapidly growing literature about how big data will soon transform capitalism as we know it. Read full book review >

SKIN IN THE GAME by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"Smart and provocative, updating Robert Nozick and Friedrich Hayek while providing plenty of grist for liberal counterargument."
Noted statistician and business philosopher Taleb (Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, 2012, etc.) continues to inform us, none too gently, that we've got it all wrong. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Highly accessible, consistently interesting popular science writing."
An exceptionally reader-friendly introduction to human evolution. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A highly compelling, only occasionally overstated assessment of the role of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of mental health issues."
A history and personal exploration of psychotropic drugs and medical procedures for treating mental illness and depression. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"A distressing account of algorithms run amok."
How Google and other search engines represent marginalized people in "erroneous, stereotypical, or even pornographic ways." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer with particular interest for gastronomes and agriculture enthusiasts."
The story of an intrepid botanist who exposed America to myriad exotic plants and food crops. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 15, 2018

"A spirited critique of what Russell Jacoby has called the 'culture of endless talk,' of a piece with Jackson Lears' Fables of Abundance (1995) and Rachel Maines' Hedonizing Technologies (2009)."
In war and its commercial counterpart, we have long lived inside a "culture of consultation." So writes Nation contributing editor Featherstone (Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Worker's Rights at Wal-Mart, 2004, etc.) in this intriguing look at the rise of the focus group. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 13, 2018

"Solid, timeless advice for parents who haven't read other books along these lines."
Why children need more control of their own lives and how to achieve it. 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 >