Science & Technology Book Reviews

Released: June 12, 2018

"Parents and educators will discover a wealth of information to inspire and help 'make childhood a better place.'"
An informative road map for those who want to maximize their children's material environment. Read full book review >
ONE LIFE AT A TIME by Daniel Baxter
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 12, 2018

"An honest, moving memoir giving voice to those without one."
A distinguished doctor tells the story of his years working with HIV/AIDS patients in Botswana. Read full book review >

LOST IN MATH by Sabine Hossenfelder
Released: June 12, 2018

"Even educated readers will struggle to understand the elements of modern physics, but they will have no trouble enjoying this insightful, delightfully pugnacious polemic about its leading controversy."
A theoretical physicist delivers an entertaining attack on her profession, arguing that it has fallen in love with theories that bear little relation to reality. Read full book review >
LIGHT OF THE STARS by Adam Frank
Released: June 12, 2018

"An intriguing account of the ongoing search for alien civilizations whose failure to appear may be a warning for humans to get their act together."
An engaging effort "to tell a different story about ourselves and our fate among the stars and their many worlds." Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A bright, informative take on an industry in turmoil."
How technological change has "convulsed" the advertising industry. Read full book review >

EVOLUTIONS by Oren Harman
Released: June 5, 2018

"An overly quirky yet amusing and well-informed history of everything."
A chronicle of events from the Big Bang to the origin of life to the development of human consciousness, written as folktales. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: June 5, 2018

"An adroit portrait of an early American physician who became a pioneering horticulturist."
A biography of David Hosack (1769-1835), a nature-obsessed doctor who "was convinced that saving lives also depended on knowing the natural world outside the human body." Read full book review >
UNBOUND by Arlene Stein
Released: June 5, 2018

"A stellar exploration of the complexities and limitations of gender."
A new sociological study on transgender individuals and their experience transitioning. Read full book review >
SHAPESHIFTERS by Gavin Francis
Released: June 5, 2018

"Captivating medical narratives that fit well alongside those of Oliver Sachs, Atul Gawande, Jerome Groopman, and Berton Roueché."
A physician/writer celebrates the dynamism and transformation of the human body and life. Read full book review >
THE WEATHER DETECTIVE by Peter Wohlleben
Released: June 5, 2018

"You'll never look at your garden the same way again."
A garden provides the key to the natural universe. Read full book review >
Released: June 5, 2018

"A successful introduction to the hitherto neglected bits and pieces of our solar system."
An exploration of "the small space objects such as the comets and asteroids that orbit the Sun." Read full book review >
Released: June 1, 2018

"A thoroughly enchanting tour of big questions, oddball ideas, and dazzling accomplishments of researchers searching to explain, manipulate, and alter inheritance."
A fascinating journey through the history of heredity 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 >