Science & Technology Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A welcome and engaging work that does honor to Sobel's subjects."
Popular science writer Sobel (And the Sun Stood Still, 2016, etc.) continues her project of heralding the many contributions of women to science. Read full book review >
ARE NUMBERS REAL? by Brian Clegg
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Solid as a straightforward chronology of how mathematics has developed over time, and the author adds a provocative note urging scientists to keep it in its place."
The emphasis is on "real" in the latest by the prolific British science writer, who questions the extent to which mathematics truly reflects the workings of nature. Read full book review >

THE SIGNALS ARE TALKING by Amy Webb
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"Webb provides a logical way to sift through today's onslaught of events and information to spot coming changes in your corner of the world."
How to forecast emerging technological tends. Read full book review >
EARTH IN HUMAN HANDS by David Grinspoon
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"A scattershot approach to an admittedly diffuse set of problems but of broad interest and with a refreshing chaser of optimism."
Another dispatch from the Anthropocene, the geological age in which humans dominate at the expense of all other lifeforms. Read full book review >
WHIPLASH by Joi Ito
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Dec. 6, 2016

"This exhilarating and authoritative book actually makes sense of our incredibly fast-paced, high-tech society. A standout among titles on technology and innovation, it will repay reading—and rereading—by leaders in all fields."
Two cybergurus offer a "user's manual to the twenty-first century." Read full book review >

THE WOOD FOR THE TREES by Richard Fortey
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 7, 2016

"An eloquent, eccentric, and precise nature memoir."
A distinguished British paleontologist offers a meticulously compiled "biography" of four acres of woodland in Oxfordshire, England. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Dec. 20, 2016

"A sharp contribution to a significant topic that continues to generate heated discussion and debate."
A tour d'horizon of the historical relationship among race, racism, and mental illness. Read full book review >
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"A book that should have wide appeal, not only to those fighting the battle of the bulge."
Americans spend more money on the war against fat than the war against terror. As Tara writes, "we are indeed a nation at war with a body part." Read full book review >
THE CASE AGAINST SUGAR by Gary Taubes
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Dec. 27, 2016

"An important book that merits—and will likely receive—broad circulation and discussion."
The award-winning journalist once again takes up the cudgel in defense of health. Read full book review >
APOLLO PILOT by Donn Eisele
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2017

"A slim, straightforward addition to the record of space travel."
A posthumous memoir gives an unsung astronaut his due. Read full book review >
THE STRESS TEST by Ian Robertson
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"An intriguing overview of important developments in brain research, specifically as it relates to finding 'the right mental balance we need for each challenge that faces us.'"
A veteran neuroscientist and clinical psychologist explores the changes that occur in our brains depending upon how we deal with challenging situations. Read full book review >
THE DRUG HUNTERS by Donald R. Kirsch
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"Highly informative and accessible for general readers."
Biopharmaceutical consultant Kirsch debuts with a popular account of the search for new drugs, from prehistory through the rise of big pharma. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >