Science & Technology Book Reviews

ATTENDING by Ronald Epstein
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"Worthy reading for medical students and practitioners but also applicable to other fields: artists, writers, musicians, teachers et al. can also fall into formulaic ruts and autopilot behavior and need literally to change their minds."
Can the encounter between doctor and patient be improved? A renowned family physician thinks so, and he explains how in this compendium of a lifetime of experience. Read full book review >
THE VACCINE RACE by Meredith Wadman
HEALTH & MEDICINE
Released: Feb. 7, 2017

"An important story well told, featuring the drama and characters needed to make this a candidate for film adaptation."
A dramatic medical history that reveals the progress and the stumbles, the personalities and the rivalries, in the race to find a vaccine for rubella, or German measles. Read full book review >

No More Magic Wands by George Finney
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Sept. 10, 2016

"A lively plot and brief chapters will evoke CEOs' and business managers' memories of bedtime stories—and make them want to learn more about preparing for cyber-threats."
An imaginative fairy tale that also acts as a primer on cybersecurity. Read full book review >
WHY TIME FLIES by Alan Burdick
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 24, 2017

"A highly illuminating intellectual investigation."
An insightful meditation on the curious nature of time by New Yorker staff writer Burdick (Out of Eden: An Odyssey of Ecological Invasion, 2006). Read full book review >
Technocracy in America by Parag Khanna
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"A refreshingly original contribution to the ongoing analysis of the American political system."
A radical reappraisal of democracy and its decline in the United States. Read full book review >

Dancing Partners by Lee Jackson
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

"A smart but often strident look at the trouble that technological progress might portend."
A somber warning about the dire problems caused by unchecked technology. Read full book review >
HOMO DEUS by Yuval Noah Harari
HISTORY
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A relentlessly fascinating book that is sure to become—and deserves to be—a bestseller."
In an intellectually provocative follow-up to Sapiens (2015), Harari (History/Hebrew Univ. of Jerusalem) looks to the future. Read full book review >
A BIG BANG IN A LITTLE ROOM by Zeeya Merali
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Feb. 14, 2017

"A rich and wonderful cosmological history that illuminates the scientific possibility of the nearly unthinkable."
It's a mind-boggling concept fraught with implications about our own universe's origin, but scientists argue that it may someday be possible to create a new universe not so unlike our own in a lab. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 21, 2017

"A fine biography of a man who played an essential role in post-World War II American science and deserves to be better known."
The life and work of "an expert in technology" who is largely forgotten outside the world of physics. Read full book review >
POWER PLAY by Asi Burak
CURRENT AFFAIRS
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A rejoinder to the anti-technological and a solid piece of pop-culture/business journalism."
When trouble comes calling, hit the joystick: an insider's view of the good things that can emerge from being glued to a screen. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: July 26, 2016

"A remarkably authoritative deep-dive into a field that will be brand-new to many and eye-opening for all."
A treasure trove of technical detail, likely to become a definitive source on text analytics. Read full book review >
VALLEY OF THE GODS by Alexandra Wolfe
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Jan. 10, 2017

"Nothing surprising but of some interest to business readers and entrepreneurs looking for ways to 'disrupt' education."
An account of the rising generation of Silicon Valleyites, who want it all—and then some. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >