Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE TIDE by Hugh Aldersey-Williams
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"An engaging exploration of the profound historical relationship between science and culture, written in a lively style with clear scientific explanations."
An exploration of "the discovery and science of the cosmic rhythm that governs our planet." Read full book review >
THE STORY OF THE WORLD IN 100 SPECIES by Christopher Lloyd
HISTORY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A good fit for middle and high school libraries as a useful reference."
An encyclopedic history of the emergence of life on Earth that "traces the history of life from the dawn of evolution to the present day through the lens of one hundred living things that have changed the world." Read full book review >

ADHD NATION by Alan Schwarz
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"In this powerful, necessary book, Schwarz exposes the dirty secrets of the growing ADHD epidemic."
A troubling look at the systemic overdiagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and a chilling analysis of the effect ADHD medications have on patients, especially children. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"Much of the work will be confusing to the mathematically disinclined, but their story is inspiring and enlightening."
An inside look at the World War II-era black female mathematicians who assisted greatly in the United States' aeronautics industry. Read full book review >
BEING A DOG by Alexandra Horowitz
NATURE & TRAVEL
Released: Oct. 4, 2016

"Dog owners curious about the lives of their pets will savor this book, but it deserves a wider audience than just animal lovers."
If the olfactory ability of dogs seems like a dull topic, be prepared for a surprise. This engrossing book takes on not just canine noses, but what we can do with our own—with a little experience and a good guide. Read full book review >

WEAPONS OF MATH DESTRUCTION by Cathy O'Neil
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 6, 2016

"An unusually lucid and readable look at the daunting algorithms that govern so many aspects of our lives."
How ill-conceived algorithms now micromanage America's economy, from advertising to prisons. Read full book review >
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"A thoughtful and enthusiastic analysis of how more and more people are inventing and creating truly remarkable products and services."
The story behind modern tinkerers, inventors, and creators of all sorts of good stuff. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 20, 2016

"Just the thing for aspiring astronauts and rocketeers."
Engaging account of the race to get a rocket up to the Karman line without getting NASA involved. Read full book review >
A Simple Man by Mark Bacci
FICTION & LITERATURE

"Superior storytelling propels a familiar post-apocalypse, sci-fi premise."
In a blighted, savage, and fascistic New America of the late 21st century, a former fighter tries to escort his children cross-country to a supposed safe haven in California. Read full book review >
Hacked Again by Scott N. Schober
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 15, 2016

"An engrossing volume about hackers that should cause readers to immediately tweak their passwords."
A cybersecurity pundit blends memoir and advice in this compact debut book. Read full book review >
Puzzle of Fate by A. Reza Kamarei
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: May 21, 2016

"A thought-provoking rumination on fate."
Kamarei explores a scientific basis for fate in this debut work of nonfiction. Read full book review >
TIME TRAVEL by James Gleick
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 27, 2016

"Though not his best book, this is another fantastic contribution to popular science from Gleick, whose lush storytelling will appeal to a wide range of audiences."
A kaleidoscopic look at the concept of time travel. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Nancy Isenberg
author of WHITE TRASH
July 19, 2016

Poor Americans have existed from the time of the earliest British colonial settlement. They were alternately known as “waste people,” “offals,” “rubbish,” “lazy lubbers,” and “crackers.” By the 1850s, the downtrodden included so-called “clay eaters” and “sandhillers,” known for prematurely aged children distinguished by their yellowish skin, ragged clothing, and listless minds. Surveying political rhetoric and policy, popular literature and scientific theories over 400 years, in White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society––where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the early nineteenth century, and the Civil War itself was fought over class issues nearly as much as it was fought over slavery. “A riveting thesis supported by staggering research,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >