Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: Nov. 15, 2014

"An engaging appraisal of intuition, undermined by a cavalier dismissal of religion."
A scientific critique of the rational limitations of intuition. 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.
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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 >

NODDING OFF by Alice Gregory
Released: Aug. 14, 2018

"Readers looking for help on sleep problems should consult one of the books Gregory recommends. Those who are merely curious will learn fascinating details of what scientists know about sleep, including its familiar and bizarre disorders, and how they are learning more."
A British sleep expert provides an overview of what we know about sleep, which turns out to be quite a lot and also not enough. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 28, 2018

"Synaptic pruning, folded proteins, adaptive habits: all fascinating stuff ably interpreted by a master."
The eminent neuroscientist examines what the injured or diseased brain can tell us about a healthy one. Read full book review >
Released: June 19, 2018

"The experiment could be a useful one, though it will darken the hearts of the dark lords—a winning argument all its own."
In a book whose title says it all, technoprophet Lanier (Dawn of the New Everything, 2017, etc.) weighs in against predatory technoprofit. 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 >
Released: May 1, 2018

"Suffused with serpentine theatrics and scientific wonder, this is a consistently compelling, top-notch documentation of intrepid planetary exploration."
An exploration of the fascinating science and complex bureaucracy behind the first journey to Pluto. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A successful if disturbing argument that there is more to sand than meets the eye."
A fresh history of "the most important solid substance on Earth, the literal foundation of modern civilization." Read full book review >
UNDERBUG by Lisa Margonelli
Released: Aug. 21, 2018

"Margonelli does not always clearly convey the technical nature of termite research for general readers, but she succeeds in piquing interest in an unlikely subject.
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Science writer Margonelli (Oil on the Brain: Adventures from the Pump to the Pipeline, 2007) explores the mysterious realms of an insect that has always gotten a bad rap.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 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 >
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 >