Science & Technology Book Reviews

THE POET by Stephanie Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 6, 2017

"A mostly strong beginning to an unconventional and exciting series."
A romantic thriller about one woman's dance with the devil that explores the limits of love, forgiveness, and redemption. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A readable book that shows how natural disaster spurred scientific inquiry."
A veteran science journalist illuminates the significance of the biggest earthquake ever recorded in North America. Read full book review >

THE RADIUM GIRLS by Kate Moore
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 18, 2017

"Moore offers such vivid portraits of suffering that certain passages can be difficult to read, but this is an important story well told."
British author Moore (Felix the Railway Cat, 2017) takes a slice of ugly American history from nearly a century ago, telling a compelling narrative that could be ripped from recent headlines. Read full book review >
WILD RIDE by Adam Lashinsky
Released: May 23, 2017

"A straightforward journalistic examination of a fast-tracked, controversial company and its headstrong leader."
The rise and plateau of the global ride-sharing industry's biggest player. Read full book review >
THE ONE DEVICE by Brian  Merchant
Released: June 20, 2017

"Merchant's story takes sometimes-unexpected turns, but in the end, he paints a thoughtful portrait of how a piece of reigning technology became ubiquitous in just a decade, for good and ill."
Wide-ranging history of the iPhone, which might just be "the pinnacle product of all of capitalism to this point." Read full book review >

THE SKY BELOW by Scott  Parazynski
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A genial, readable account of mountain climbing, spaceship travel, and other adventures."
A memoir from an astronaut whom Homer Hickam calls "a wonder, a fellow who has packed in more exploits in his lifetime than most of us can imagine." Read full book review >
IMPROBABLE DESTINIES by Jonathan B.  Losos
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"A cheerful, delightfully lucid primer on evolution and the predictive possibilities within the field."
A fresh take on evolution and how "we can study [it] as it occurs, right before our eyes." Read full book review >
EVERYTHING ALL AT ONCE by Bill Nye
Released: July 11, 2017

"Just the vade mecum for the smart teenager in the family and eminently pleasing reading for grown-up nerds as well."
Bow-tied nerd superhero Nye (Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World, 2015, etc.) serves up a tasty combination of memoir and manifesto. Read full book review >
SCIENCE IN THE SOUL by Richard Dawkins
ESSAYS & ANTHOLOGIES
Released: Aug. 8, 2017

"For Dawkins fans, a must-have collection of scattered speeches and writings; for foes, more grist for the mill."
Combative, contrarian scientist Dawkins (Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science, 2015, etc.) gathers work from across a range of scholarly and secular interests. Read full book review >
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"A hortatory call to arms for young people and a harsh critique of their ruling elders."
A young Canadian journalist argues that a unique generational values shift is occurring that may upend just about everything to save the planet. Read full book review >
EMOTIONAL RESILIENCY IN THE ERA OF CLIMATE CHANGE by Leslie Davenport
NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 19, 2017

"An insightful approach to the far-reaching effects of climate shifts and their impact on the human psyche; likely to become a valuable, targeted resource facilitating clinicians' treatment in this specialized area."
A book explores the psychological implications of climate change. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 4, 2017

"The thrills and chills of rafting packaged with a compelling call to action."
A naturalist and environmental activist chronicles his 2008 ocean journey to draw attention to the blight of plastic waste in the world's oceans. 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 >