Science & Technology Book Reviews

LOST IN MATH by Sabine Hossenfelder
Released: June 12, 2018

"Even educated readers will struggle to understand the elements of modern physics, but they will have no trouble enjoying this insightful, delightfully pugnacious polemic about its leading controversy."
A theoretical physicist delivers an entertaining attack on her profession, arguing that it has fallen in love with theories that bear little relation to reality. Read full book review >
LIGHT OF THE STARS by Adam Frank
Released: June 12, 2018

"An intriguing account of the ongoing search for alien civilizations whose failure to appear may be a warning for humans to get their act together."
An engaging effort "to tell a different story about ourselves and our fate among the stars and their many worlds." Read full book review >

Released: June 5, 2018

"A bright, informative take on an industry in turmoil."
How technological change has "convulsed" the advertising industry. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"An adroit portrait of an early American physician who became a pioneering horticulturist."
A biography of David Hosack (1769-1835), a nature-obsessed doctor who "was convinced that saving lives also depended on knowing the natural world outside the human body." Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Arlene Stein
Released: June 5, 2018

"A stellar exploration of the complexities and limitations of gender."
A new sociological study on transgender individuals and their experience transitioning. Read full book review >

SHAPESHIFTERS by Gavin Francis
Released: June 5, 2018

"Captivating medical narratives that fit well alongside those of Oliver Sachs, Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, and Berton Roueché."
A physician/writer celebrates the dynamism and transformation of the human body and life. Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity Read full book review >
ENERGY by Richard Rhodes
Released: May 29, 2018

"Calling this a classic like Rhodes' The Making of the Atomic Bomb (1987) may be slightly premature, but it's definitely a tour de force of popular science, which is no surprise from this author."
From the Pulitzer and National Book Award winner, a magisterial history of "how human beings…[have] confronted the deeply human problem of how to draw life from the raw materials of the world." Read full book review >
Released: May 29, 2018

"A solid, highly useful owner's manual for a leaky internet—and a damaged democracy."
Even paranoiacs have enemies—especially, as this pointed treatise has it, when they post on social media. Read full book review >
TESLA by Richard Munson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 22, 2018

"Readers will share Munson's frustration at this seeming frittering of a magnificent talent, but they will absolutely enjoy his sympathetic, insightful portrait."
A lucid, expertly researched biography of the brilliant Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), a contemporary and competitor of Thomas Edison who was equally celebrated during his life. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by John Carreyrou
Released: May 21, 2018

"Already slated for feature film treatment, Carreyrou's exposé is a vivid, cinematic portrayal of serpentine Silicon Valley corruption."
A deep investigative report on the sensationalistic downfall of multibillion-dollar Silicon Valley biotech startup Theranos. Read full book review >
WHEN EINSTEIN WALKED WITH GÖDEL by Jim Holt
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 15, 2018

"Prepare to be wined, dined, and entertained by quantum mechanics, group theory, topology, the infinitesimal, the infinitely small, and the string theory generation, among other topics."
A collection of incisive essays that make learning about science fun. 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 >