Science & Technology Book Reviews (page 9)

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A lucid and entertaining book that is neither literary criticism nor a biography with serious ambitions but mostly a series of essays on science, history, and early-19th-century British society often only distantly related to building Frankenstein's monster."
Examining the science of "a work of fiction that has enthralled, inspired and terrified for two centuries." Read full book review >
THE EARTH GAZERS by Christopher Potter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Despite covering familiar ground, Potter delivers an enthralling account of the golden age of manned space travel that emphasizes the transcendent experiences of everyone involved, and he makes a convincing case that America lost something vital when it ended."
A history of the space program told through the lens of the handful of astronauts who have seen the Earth from space. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A dense, detailed mixture of hard science, philosophy, and speculation that will reward readers willing to work through the author's demanding book."
A leading neuroscientist returns with a complex exploration of the life of the mind. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A good introduction to a significant historical period and encouragement for those with a great idea to continue seeking acceptance."
An exploration of how "we have always responded in two ways to the mystery of being: we have explored nature and supernature." Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Levine's arguments aren't entirely persuasive, but readers will be forgiven for hereafter not wanting to entrust too much information to the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon, to say nothing of the feds."
A sometimes-overwrought but provocative history of the internet-equipped security state, implicating key players in the digital economy in the game of espionage. Read full book review >

THE PROCRASTINATION ECONOMY by Ethan Tussey
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Though the observations encompass the general populace, this intermittently interesting study aims at an academic market rather than a lay readership."
A dense analysis of mobile devices and how they have blurred the lines between public and private spaces. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A captivating and often moving book with something to offer readers interested in health, athleticism, neuroscience, and the human condition."
A meticulously researched profile of the physiology and psychology of athletes. Read full book review >
BROTOPIA by Emily Chang
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"A thorough, important examination of the often sleazy, male-dominated world of Silicon Valley."
An in-depth analysis of the tech-industry brotherhood. Read full book review >
HOW TO FIX THE FUTURE by Andrew Keen
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"Valuable insights on preserving our humanity in a digital world."
A leading critic of the internet finds encouraging signs of reform. Read full book review >
ADRIFT AMONG THE STARS by John  Dickey
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2018

"An informative collection that would have benefited from more accessible imagery."
Dickey (Quebradillas, 2011, etc.) offers a book of poetry that goes back to the origin of the universe. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2018

"A remarkably inventive but less than rigorous cosmological exploration."
An attempt to combine ancient spiritual wisdom and modern physics into a coherent view of the universe. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 5, 2018

"An intriguing, if all too brief, consideration of human evolution."
A debut book offers radical predictions about the evolution of the human race and its future home. 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 >