Week of 21 Dec 2014
Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

Humans of New York
It is that intimacy, combined with photos that are plain and straightforward rather than high concept, that has made Mr. Stanton’s fan base so fervent.
NY Times

Humans of New York

by Brandon Stanton


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 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 Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year

No Critic Review

The Andy Cohen Diaries

by Andy Cohen

In The Garden Of Beasts
An excellent study, taking a tiny instant of modern history and giving it specific weight, depth and meaning.
Kirkus


In The Garden Of Beasts

by Erik Larson

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

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

My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business
...the memoir is engaging, not unlike a long, meandering chat with an older Rob Petrie, one imagines.
LA Times

My Lucky Life In and Out of Show Business

by Dick Van Dyke

Jeter Unfiltered

No Critic Review

Jeter Unfiltered

by Derek Jeter

Killing Patton

No Critic Review

Killing Patton

by Bill O'Reilly

41 by George W. Bush

No Critic Review

41 by George W. Bush

by George W. Bush

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

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

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

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

You Can't Make This Up: Miracles, Memories, and the Perfect Marriage of Sports and Television

No Critic Review

You Can't Make This Up

by Al Michaels

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

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

No Critic Review

Small Victories

by Anne Lamott

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