Week of 26 Jul 2015
Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny

No Critic Review

Down the Rabbit Hole

by Holly Madison

Modern Romance
Despite Ansari’s insistence otherwise, most of this material has been covered exhaustively elsewhere, but Ansari’s oddball sense of humor does bring something new and refreshing to the conversation.
Publishers Weekly


Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Larson...once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915...An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster.
Kirkus

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
...Ms. Abbott appears to esteem her subjects equally. I find this disconcerting: Boyd's and Greenhow's undoubted talents and energy were used in the service of a rebellion whose goal was the prolongation of an evil institution.
Wall Street Journal


Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy

by Karen Abbott

Outliers
At times it seems an exercise in repackaged carpe diem, especially from a mind as attuned as Gladwell’s.
Kirkus


Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

Let's Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship
Will resonate with women readers of all ages, who, if they are dog lovers, will be doubly moved.
Kirkus

Let's Take the Long Way Home

by Gail Caldwell

A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America

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A Time for Truth

by Ted Cruz

The Devil In The White City
Gripping drama, captured with a reporter’s nose for a good story and a novelist’s flair for telling it. The result is a synthetic blend that doesn't do justice to either.
Kirkus


The Devil In The White City

by Erik Larson

Ann Coulter Untitled

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Ann Coulter Untitled

by Ann Coulter

Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
...the Berlin Olympics were carefully orchestrated by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and filmed by Leni Riefenstahl to show the world the terrifying images of Aryan “purity” and Nazi supremacy. Yet for these American boys, it was an amazing dream. A touching, fairly uncomplicated portrayal of rowing legends.
Kirkus

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

The Wright Brothers (The Diaries)
McCullough marvels at their success despite a lack of college education, technical training, “friends in high places” or “financial backers”—they were just boys obsessed by a dream and determined to make it reality. An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.
Kirkus


The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I like this book because it is a real life story...At the start of the book, Malala was a timid, ordinary girl. By the end of the book she was a lot tougher and braver than she was at the start. It is a great book for me to read because it shows how much someone could change throughout a story.
Guardian


I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety

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A Full Life

by Jimmy Carter

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
The information about Soviet weaponry is estimated to have saved the Pentagon about $2 billion in research and development costs, giving the book its title, and making the end to the operation all the more tragic. This real-life tale of espionage will hook readers from the get-go.
Publishers Weekly

The Billion Dollar Spy

by David E. Hoffman

The Oregon Trail: An American Journey

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The Oregon Trail

by Rinker Buck

Founding Mothers

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Founding Mothers

by Cokie Roberts

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By confronting the reality rather than pretending it can be beaten...the medical establishment can offer the kind of compassion that allows for more humane ways to die. As Gawande reminds readers, “endings matter.” A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying.
Kirkus


Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande


Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
A candid, inspiring narrative of the author’s brutal physical and psychological journey through a wilderness of despair to a renewed sense of self.
Kirkus

Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

The Glass Castle
Walls’s journalistic bare-bones style makes for a chilling, wrenching, incredible testimony of childhood neglect. A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story
Kirkus


The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls