Science & Technology Book Reviews

BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 23, 2018

"A mostly informative and insightful look into the inner workings of YouTube and its wide-ranging influence."
The story of YouTube and the video platform's vast cultural influence. Read full book review >
OUR SENSES by Rob DeSalle
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"An animated introduction to the neuroscience of sensory perception with broad appeal to artists, musicians, and other consumers and generators of brainpower."
You don't need a brain to sense what's going on around you—though it helps. Read full book review >

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Equal parts advocacy and analysis—a welcome addition to the growing literature around the politics of welfare."
Algorithms, predictive models, regression analyses: all are tools for criminalizing the poor and immiserating the middle class. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Making profitable use of information science, Ferguson offers a novel way of examining data that will be highly intriguing to students of history and current affairs."
Renowned economic historian Ferguson (Kissinger: 1923-1968: The Idealist, 2015, etc.) draws on insights from network theory to examine disruptions across time. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"Enough material for a solid magazine piece, stretched out to fill a book. Skip to the last chapter."
Advice for parents on how to deal with the intrusion of digital media into family life. Read full book review >

WHEN by Daniel H. Pink
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers."
If you want a raise, ask the boss in the morning—but never at 2:55 in the afternoon. The reason? Ask pop-science writer Pink (To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, 2012, etc.), who examines what happens when in daily life. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 16, 2018

"Just the thing for aspiring heart surgeons, who may one day soon be 3-D printing new hearts that will be 'dispatched in drones to wherever they are needed.'"
Morris looks at some of the great moments in cardiology and our understanding of how the heart muscle works. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Dec. 12, 2017

"An impassioned exposé that uncovers a significant danger within the contemporary health care industry."
Intensive reporting on the downsides of the high-risk medical device industry. Read full book review >
Released: Jan. 30, 2018

"A sensible, thoroughly satisfying overview of the next quantum leap in digital technology."
An expert on the subject explores virtual reality "as the potent and relatively young technology…migrates from industrial and research laboratories to living rooms across the world." Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 2, 2018

"A gripping account of a fatal tragedy and the impressive and deeply emotional human response that ensued."
On Feb. 1, 2003, the Columbia space shuttle went silent upon re-entry. Here are the principal details about the accident, the recovery of the wreckage and human remains, the reassembly, the discovery of the cause, and the consequences for the shuttle program. Read full book review >
Released: Dec. 6, 2017

"An accessible read with a title designed to catch the attention of worried mothers and a message that will be vigorously challenged by a host of agribusiness and pharmaceutical industry spokespeople and segments of the medical profession."
Medical professionals join the debate over the safety of our food supply with the claim that toxic foods are causing hard-to-diagnose chronic health problems in children. Read full book review >
OGILVY ON ADVERTISING IN THE DIGITAL AGE by Miles  Young
Released: Jan. 9, 2018

"A new bible for a new generation of pitchmen and -women. Young's treatise makes a fine modern marketing 101 textbook—and at far below textbook prices, too."
"The vast majority of content produced on the internet remains unread, unwatched, unseen, and unheard." So writes adman Young in this richly illustrated, well-argued manual on how to get the word out. 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 >