Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE DIGITAL CRITIC by Houman Barekat
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Nov. 30, 2017

"Of broad interest to readers working in that Venn diagram space where writing, publishing, and cyberspace come together."
A gathering of mostly accessible academic pieces on the changes wrought on literature and criticism by the internet. Read full book review >
BIG MIND by Geoff  Mulgan
Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An essential primer on an important new discipline."
How thought happens on a large scale. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 1, 2017

"An economics degree isn't required to follow the authors' nuanced argument, but it would surely help. Recommended reading for venture capitalists and investment counselors."
A searching, technical examination of the arrival of a kind of economy in which much of what is produced is abstract, symbolic, and speculative. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"A rewarding, expert biography of a giant of the golden age of physics."
A fine life of the scientist "who knew everything about physics, the study of matter, energy, time, and their relationship." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"Many readers will agree that we are currently living in 'demented times,' and Sigmund adeptly lays out a history that has great relevance for today."
The course of Western philosophy was profoundly altered by the work of a small band of Vienna intellectuals a century ago. Sigmund (Emeritus, Mathematics/Univ. of Vienna; Games of Life: Explorations in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, 2017, etc.) tells their story. Read full book review >

Released: Dec. 5, 2017

"While the author raises more questions than she answers, and some readers may be put off by her less-that-straightforward style, these are thought-provoking questions, and Cole-Adams presents a lyrical journey through the vital question of what it means to be human."
Melbourne-based journalist and novelist Cole-Adams (Walking to the Moon, 2008) blends research, reflection, and memoir to try to grapple with the meaning of consciousness. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2017

"An accessible read with a title designed to catch the attention of worried mothers and a message that will be vigorously challenged by a host of agribusiness and pharmaceutical industry spokespeople and segments of the medical profession."
Medical professionals join the debate over the safety of our food supply with the claim that toxic foods are causing hard-to-diagnose chronic health problems in children. Read full book review >
CHARLES DARWIN by A.N. Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An illuminating new biography of a legendary figure in the scientific world whose legacy continues to draw reappraisals."
The prolific novelist and biographer probes the character and controversies of Charles Darwin's life and the controversial theory that turned the world on its head. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry."
Intensive reporting on the downsides of the high-risk medical device industry. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"Though occasionally didactic, the narrative is undergirded by Herz's understanding that one size never fits all, and it contains useful passages for every reader."
Neuroscientist Herz (That's Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion, 2013, etc.) shines her expertise on the complicated relationships between the human senses and food consumption. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 26, 2017

"A deft, fair analysis that clarifies the issues for both the general public and concerned policymakers."
An examination of the pros and cons and the unknowns of the shale revolution, bringing much-needed light to the hot topic of fracking. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"An occasionally scattershot but agreeable, useful introduction to geology."
A natural follow-up to the author's The Story of Life in 25 Fossils (2015). 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 >