Week of 20 Aug 2017
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

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year.
Kirkus


Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle

No Critic Review

Conscience of a Conservative

by Jeff Flake

The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left

No Critic Review

The Big Lie

by Dinesh D'Souza

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.
Kirkus


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Writing with wit and verve, Harari, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth...Harari is provocative and entertaining but his expansive scope only allows him to skim the surface.
Publishers Weekly


Sapiens

by Yuval Harari

Born a Crime
Having thoroughly mined his South African upbringing in his standup comedy and monologues on The Daily Show, Noah here tells the whole story in this witty and revealing autobiography.
Publishers Weekly


Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

What Made Maddy Run: The Secret Struggles and Tragic Death of an All-American Teen

No Critic Review

What Made Maddy Run

by Kate Fagan

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
...it’s certainly reassuring that there are politicians like Senator Franken, who are willing to make this personal sacrifice; willing to learn the ropes and play the game, because they genuinely care about improving the lives of their fellow Americans.
NY Journal of Books

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
In short order, you’ll be conversant in mind-bending trivia about “star stuff” that may fundamentally shift your perspective of our place in the universe—and convince you to pursue some of the many fine longer-form books on the subject.
Kirkus

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Miracle of Dunkirk

No Critic Review

The Miracle of Dunkirk

by Walter Lord

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency

No Critic Review

Devil's Bargain

by Joshua Green

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
A book that provides illuminating ways to make headway through the days when there doesn't seem to be a way forward.
Kirkus


Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg

Dunkirk: The History Behind the Major Motion Picture

No Critic Review

Dunkirk

by Joshua Levine

Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism

No Critic Review

Rediscovering Americanism

by Mark R. Levin