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 >
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 17, 2018

"It's too early to proclaim a revolution, but Ewalt interviews entrepreneurs and brilliant nerds, tries their inventions, and leaves beguiled readers in no doubt that something wonderful is in the works."
An introduction to the future of virtual reality during the time of its "most explosive period of growth." Read full book review >
Released: July 17, 2018

"Sci-fi meets the aesthetic vanguard in cyberspace, where a new metalanguage addresses problems and solutions alike."
A British visual artist, journalist, and "New Aesthetic" champion offers nightmarish prophecies on the descent into darkness. Read full book review >
TICKER by Mimi Swartz
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Swartz is a witty, savvy, seasoned journalist, and she offers a welcome history of significant medical advances."
The legacy of heart-saving innovations viewed through the eyes of pioneering cardiologists. Read full book review >
READER, COME HOME by Maryanne Wolf
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"An accessible, well-researched analysis of the impact of literacy."
A cognitive neuroscientist considers the effect of digital media on the brain. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"Once again, Ananthaswamy delivers a book that has all the intrigue of science fiction while remaining rooted in the scientific real, however bizarre. A fantastic book for anyone interested in the quantum and what it reveals about the world around us."
A thrilling survey of the most famous, enduring, and enigmatic experiment in the history of science. Read full book review >
THE TANGLED TREE by David Quammen
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"A consistently engaging collection of vivid portraits of brilliant, driven, quarrelsome scientists in the process of dramatically altering the fundamentals of evolution, illuminated by the author's insightful commentary.
A masterful history of a new field of molecular biology that has wide-ranging implications regarding "human identity, human individuality, [and] human health." 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 >