Week of 17 May 2015
Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

No Critic Review

Hope

by Amanda Berry

The Road to Character
Brooks’s theory is that we read about the lives of people of character, and then we emulate. “We admire… and bend our lives to mimic theirs.” Well, possibly.
Guardian

The Road to Character

by David Brooks

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

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

No Critic Review

Missoula

by Jon Krakauer

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
While journalist Brower moves by theme in presenting the memories of select long-running staff at the White House...there is an irresistible, charmingly pell-mell quality to the arrangement of these dishy stories...A work of great historical interest that is also quite entertaining.
Kirkus

The Residence

by Kate Andersen Brower

On the Move: A Life
Sacks's writing is lucid, earnest, and straightforward, yet always raptly attuned to subtleties of character and feeling in himself and others; the result, closely following his announcement that he has terminal cancer, is a fitting retrospective of his lifelong project of making science a deeply humanistic pursuit.
Publishers Weekly

On the Move

by Oliver Sacks

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


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
“David and Goliath,” ... is at once deeply repetitive and a bewildering sprawl. There are chapters, especially toward the end, whose relation to the rest of the book are hard to ascertain, even with his constant guidance
NY Times


David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

A Fine Romance
More settled than the peripatetic Malle, Rose not only offered the actress entree among the New York City social elite, he also brought her the next great challenge of her life: learning how to appreciate a life genuinely lived in tandem. A glamorously bittersweet showbiz memoir.
Kirkus

A Fine Romance

by Candice Bergen

Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower

No Critic Review

Dealing with China

by Henry M. Paulson

And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side

No Critic Review

And the Good News Is...

by Dana Perino

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

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

No Critic Review

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

by Bill O'Reilly

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
I picked up this book because the kidnappings took place in my neck of the woods, but I think this is a read we can all benefit from. We as a society need to see that we're failing a large population of our young people, people with loads of potential if they're given access to the right tools.
Jen's Book Thoughts

Finding Me

by Michelle Knight

American Sniper
This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs.
Kirkus


American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

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

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
The publication of Pioneer Girl has done more to keep the historical picture distinct, dispelling some of the mists and myths of legend and showing us the dark realities of US pioneer life.
Guardian

Pioneer Girl

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

John

No Critic Review

John

by Cynthia Lennon

A Curious Mind
Readers, having had their own curiosity prompted, may be frustrated that Grazer leaves relatively little space for describing his many encounters with fascinating people, in favor of emphasizing his personal musings.
Publishers Weekly


A Curious Mind

by Brian Grazer