Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: June 26, 2018

"A fine, poignant survey of 'what makes us human, from the inside out.'"
A tour of the history of endocrinology, highlighting progress but also the hype that has promoted the curative abilities of hormones. Read full book review >
Released: June 26, 2018

"In this well-tempered, smoothly written book, Lynas calls for balance. Suspicion of all scientific discoveries will lead to further famine and global warming, while unscrutinized experimentation is prone to folly and corporate profit-gouging."
An environmental science writer takes a deep look at the ramifications of genetically modified organisms over the past four decades. Read full book review >

Released: June 26, 2018

"Pleasing and accessible and of broader application than the title suggests, inasmuch as 'we all have an extraordinary brain.'"
A user-friendly tour of the brain and the curious things that go on inside of it, from splendidly practical visions to debilitating hallucinations. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2018

"A lengthy, difficult book about a remarkable man; devoted readers will muddle through."
A massive biography of one of the Victorian era's most significant all-around scientists. Read full book review >
EYE OF THE SHOAL by Helen Scales
Released: July 3, 2018

"Entertaining reading for anyone interested in the captivating underworld realm of fish."
"The world's waters—fresh and salty, shallow and deep—are teeming with remarkable species" of fish. Marine biologist Scales (Spirals in Time: The Secret Life and Curious Afterlife of Seashells, 2015, etc.) introduces readers to a remarkable array. Read full book review >

PATIENT CARE by Paul Seward
Released: July 3, 2018

"A volume brimming with humanitarian lessons in medicine and life alike."
Stories drawn from five decades of work in emergency medicine. Read full book review >
Released: July 3, 2018

"A useful book that effectively 'conveys the challenges posed by infectious disease and relates a story of unparalleled successes in vaccines that have raised both the quality and quantity of life for all people.'"
A comprehensive history of the science of vaccination. Read full book review >
Released: July 4, 2018

"For the monetarily geeky crowd as well as anyone curious about how blockchain technologies function in the real world."
"Blockchain" is a buzzword much in the news these days, but most of us have only a hazy idea of what it means. This book comes as a useful corrective. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"The world of data as illuminated here would have scared George Orwell."
The former Secretary of Homeland Security surveys the brave new world of data collection and analysis and finds that both the legal system and international relations have yet to keep pace with technology. Read full book review >
Released: July 10, 2018

"The author offers little good news but provides an expert review of the human exploitation of marine life."
The James Beard Award winner and New York Times contributor dives into the world of "an oil that some believed would help us be much better than we are." Read full book review >
ALSO HUMAN by Caroline Elton
Released: July 12, 2018

"A useful adjunct to books from within medicine by the likes of Richard Selzer, Atul Gawande, and other metapractitioners."
Of course, doctors are human—and that, it follows from this book, explains why they're so flawed, emotionally chewed-up, and laden with bias and prejudice. 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 >