Science & Technology Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"An erudite and entertaining historical biography of a food pioneer with particular interest for gastronomes and agriculture enthusiasts."
The story of an intrepid botanist who exposed America to myriad exotic plants and food crops. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 20, 2018

"Highly accessible, consistently interesting popular science writing."
An exceptionally reader-friendly introduction to human evolution. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"We are all implicated in the world of the giant factory, but students of economic history and geopolitics in particular will find much of value here."
Wide-ranging study of the world's factories over the last three centuries. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 27, 2018

"An unnerving yet plausible portrait of a future in which 'finance capitalism will be as old-fashioned as Flower Power.'"
Another entry in the rapidly growing literature about how big data will soon transform capitalism as we know it. Read full book review >
THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: March 13, 2018

"Essays that brim with knowledge and bubble with attitude."
A noted physician and essayist collects pieces dealing with subjects ranging from immigration to Einstein to Alice James. Read full book review >

Released: March 13, 2018

"For serious students of neurobiology as well as readers interested in philosophical questions of mind and body."
What is the brain? If you answered by describing what the brain does, then this well-crafted overview may not be your cup of gray matter. Read full book review >
THE PLEASURE SHOCK by Lone Frank
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"A thoughtful, always interesting look into the workings of the mind—and the sometimes-surprising implications of how those workings have been revealed."
Science in the service of power can easily be warped and distorted—but, as this book shows, it can sometimes yield unexpected benefits. Read full book review >
THE SPACE BARONS by Christian Davenport
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 20, 2018

"Readers frustrated at the trickle of news from China (the only nation with an active manned space program) will thrill at this lucid, detailed, and admiring account of wealthy space buffs who are spending their own money, making headlines, producing genuine technical advances, and resurrecting the yearning to explore the cosmos."
An enthusiastic account of the pursuit of "a holy grail—a technology with the potential to dramatically lower the cost of space travel." Read full book review >
SEARCHING FOR STARS ON AN ISLAND IN MAINE by Alan Lightman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"From Newton and Galileo to Einstein and Aristotle, from St. Augustine and the Buddha to contemporary theological thought, Lightman presents a distilled but comprehensive survey of the search for meaning, or the lack thereof, in our longing to be part of the infinite."
One of our most reliable interpreters of science offers a slender book of ruminations that venture wide and deep. Read full book review >
MAKER OF PATTERNS by Freeman Dyson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 27, 2018

"A pleasure for science students and particularly of science humanely practiced."
An epistolary memoir from a leading postwar physicist and mathematician, taking in the era from the 1940s to the end of the 1970s. Read full book review >
Released: April 3, 2018

"As he has done in previous books, Gazzaniga easily draws readers into one of the most fascinating conversations taking place in modern science."
One of the world's leading cognitive neuroscientists upends binary theories of consciousness and argues that it is manifested throughout the brain by localized circuits, an idea backed by emerging scientific data and resonant with philosophical ideas that have been around for centuries. Read full book review >
THE MAN WHO CAUGHT THE STORM by Brantley Hargrove
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 3, 2018

"An enthralling profile of a storm enthusiast and adrenaline junkie who took his intense interest to extreme measures."
An adroit biography of a thrill-seeking storm chaser. 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 >