Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE FEVERS OF REASON by Gerald Weissmann
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 >

Released: March 13, 2018

"An easy-to-read journey through the world of brain research that gives a glimpse of what is happening there, all done with a highly personal touch."
A British science writer uses her own brain to explore what researchers have been working on and to discover how her own shortcomings might be overcome. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"An intensive, timely spotlight on the gender disparities within the modern health care system that falls short on solutions."
A sturdy account of how sexism in medicine is hobbling women's health care. Read full book review >
Released: March 6, 2018

"Nothing earthshakingly new here, but an interesting and entertaining excursus that, in this post-truth era, may prove of use in helping unpack a specious claim or two."
How can I mislead you? Let me count the ways. Read full book review >

BROAD BAND by Claire L. Evans
Released: March 6, 2018

"An edifying and entertaining history of the rise of the computer age and the women who made it possible. A good choice for fans of Hidden Figures."
A history of the major role women played in creating the internet and the computer industry. Read full book review >
A LAB OF ONE'S OWN by Patricia Fara
Released: March 1, 2018

"A densely written, well-documented history of the British experience that will resonate with American women as well."
A scholarly study of the role of suffragists in the years leading up to World War I, of women scientists during the war, and of the kind of discrimination they still face today. 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 >
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. 20, 2018

"A highly compelling, only occasionally overstated assessment of the role of psychotropic drugs in the treatment of mental health issues."
A history and personal exploration of psychotropic drugs and medical procedures for treating mental illness and depression. 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 >