Week of 23 Nov 2014
Yes Please
...Yes Please is a breezy read that runs on its own internal logic, mimicking the stream-of-consciousness flow of improvisational comedy.
AV Club

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

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


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington.

No Critic Review

Stonewalled

by Sharyl Attkisson

True Love

No Critic Review

True Love

by Jennifer Lopez

No Easy Day
Since bin Laden was a significant figure, historians will consult this book as a primary source; they, as well as most general readers, will not regret it.
Kirkus


No Easy Day

by Mark Owen with Kevin Maurer

So Anyway...
“So, Anyway…” isn’t the book I was expecting it to be. Somehow, that seems fitting. John Cleese has never been one to worry about meeting our expectations.
The Maine Edge

So Anyway...

by John Cleese

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
...his work becomes an illuminating handbook of methods of reasoning from first principles: work by analogy, perform very rough orders-of-magnitude calculations, or try to flip perspectives. Of course it helps to know some basic science, too.
Wall Street Journal

What If?

by Randall Munroe

I Must Say HCC: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

No Critic Review

I Must Say HCC

by Martin Short

Jeter Unfiltered

No Critic Review

Jeter Unfiltered

by Derek Jeter

Food: A Love Story

No Critic Review

Food

by Jim Gaffigan

Killing Patton

No Critic Review

Killing Patton

by Bill O'Reilly

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

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
The problem isn’t that the author gives us too much information; the problem is that it’s repetitive and often boring, lacking the humor and stylishness of Nora Ephron or Tina Fey...Dunham shows flashes of the humor and sharp eye that make Girls so compelling, but the pleasure of watching the TV show doesn’t translate to the page.
Kirkus


Not That Kind of Girl

by Lena Dunham

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 Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
Isaacson offers vivid portraits—many based on firsthand interviews—of mathematicians, scientists, technicians and hackers...Isaacson weaves prodigious research and deftly crafted anecdotes into a vigorous, gripping narrative about the visionaries whose imaginations and zeal continue to transform our lives.
Kirkus


The Innovators

by Walter Isaacson

Dreamers and Deceivers: True and Untold Stories of the Heroes and Villains Who Made America

No Critic Review

Dreamers and Deceivers

by Glenn Beck

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation (Nye)

No Critic Review

Undeniable

by Bill Nye

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride
The author was in virtually every scene of the film, including the sword-fighting sequence, which required intensive training. The book also includes reminiscences about the production from Reiner, Goldman, and other members of the cast.
Publishers Weekly


As You Wish

by Cary Elwes

Quiet
An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.
Kirkus


Quiet

by Susan Cain