Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 8)

SEASTEADING by Joe Quirk
NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"While the authors' enthusiasm should be taken with more than a grain of salt, they raise ideas worth considering and offer hope for a future when life on land has grown grim."
The founder and communications director of the Seasteading Institute make a case that the survival of the planet depends on moving out from the land onto the sea. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 21, 2017

"The panic is palpable in Kolata's moving depiction of a mysterious disease and its frightening consequences."
A family's legacy is haunted by a torturous genetic disease. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: March 21, 2017

"Islands of hope appear regularly in this insightful, wide-ranging, but mostly painful chronicle of our relations with terra firma."
An intriguing examination of the ground, which "holds the wild world in place." Read full book review >
THE BODY BUILDERS by Adam Piore
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"A mind-bending read that will expand your perception of self."
An exhilarating look at the cutting edge of bioengineering and how science and medicine are pushing the boundaries of human potential. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Space enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy this exploration into the farthest reaches of the universe and the cutting edge of astronomical research."
A comprehensive introduction to the thousands of newly discovered planets beyond our solar system, which are beautiful and mind-bending in their diversity—and those are just the ones we know of. Read full book review >

NABOKOV'S FAVORITE WORD IS MAUVE by Ben Blatt
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 14, 2017

"If you want to know how many times Chuck Palahniuk uses the verb 'snuff,' this is just the thing. Illuminating entertainment for literary readers."
Literary criticism by the numbers. Read full book review >
THE CREATIVE SPARK by Agustín Fuentes
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Though the science can get a little lite, this offers an informative, readable introduction to recent scholarship on the anthropology of creativity."
An anthropologist ponders the better angels of our nature—the ones armed with paintbrushes, notebooks, cameras, and plowshares. Read full book review >
THE KNOWLEDGE ILLUSION by Steven Sloman
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"Some of the book seems self-evident, some seems to be mere padding, and little of it moves with the sparkling aha intelligence of Daniel Dennett. Still, it's sturdy enough, with interesting insights, especially for team building."
A tour of the many honeycombs of the hive mind, courtesy of cognitive scientists Sloman (Brown Univ.) and Fernbach (Univ. of Colorado). Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Written with all the flair and enthusiasm of an experienced writer eager to share her love of her subject."
Memoir of a food-and-travel journalist who displays her love of archaeology. Read full book review >
DEADLIEST ENEMY by Michael T. Osterholm
NON-FICTION
Released: March 14, 2017

"A well-rendered work of popular science. If you don't emerge from it as the neighborhood expert on the flu, you skipped a chapter or two. If you emerge unworried, you missed the point."
Think the Zika virus and Ebola are bad? As a renowned epidemiologist suggests, those are just previews of coming attractions. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY GENE by Joselin Linder
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 14, 2017

"Linder successfully integrates cutting-edge genetic research into her personal quest."
How the author and her family have come to terms with the knowledge that they are the carriers of a fatal genetic mutation. Read full book review >
MAKING SENSE OF SCIENCE by Cornelia Dean
NON-FICTION
Released: March 13, 2017

"Dean's long and varied experience in the world of science reporting makes for an articulate, well-structured, and easily understood account filled with good stories and sound advice."
That "the human mind is a sink of irrationality" is the assumption behind this engagingly written guidebook. 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 >