Week of 21 Aug 2016
Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party

No Critic Review

Hillary's America

by Dinesh D'Souza

Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses His Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate

No Critic Review

Crisis of Character

by Gary J. Byrne

Armageddon: How Trump Can Beat Hillary

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by Dick Morris

When Breath Becomes Air
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Urban Guerrilla: The Wild, Strange Saga of Patty Hearst and the Symbionese Liberation Army
“American Heiress” is a well-researched, powerfully-written look back at some of America’s past madness...For those who remember, this will be a fascinating reminder. For those who never knew the depths of the story, it’s a chance for a deep dive into a small but compelling chapter of American history.
The Maine Edge

Urban Guerrilla

by Jeffrey Toobin

For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.
NY Times


by Lin-Manuel Miranda

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays
This decent if lopsided second effort from a writer still finding his voice should satisfy Dawson’s previously established fans.
Publishers Weekly

It Gets Worse

by Shane Dawson

Presto!: How I Made Over 100 Pounds Disappear and Other Magical Tales

No Critic Review


by Penn Jillette

The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe
I would hope that so many of those leading the war on cops would take the time to take an honest look at the work, the facts and the data, compiled by Heather Mac Donald in “The War on Cops” and rethink their unfair condemnation of our men and women in blue.
Washington Times

The War on Cops

by Heather Mac Donald

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Patriots
Lots more interesting facts and “possible” truths are involved throughout this entire book. Great read for any American and especially those interested in some of the “different” things that happened during our beginning. Give it a try. Don’t think you will be disappointed!!!

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

by David Fisher

Liars: How Progressives Exploit Our Fears for Power and Control

No Critic Review


by Glenn Beck

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.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

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.

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

Alexander Hamilton
Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer’s art.

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

Modern Romance
Ansari’s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today's constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful.

Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

Between the World and Me
...eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life.

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Making of Donald Trump

No Critic Review

The Making of Donald Trump

by David Cay Johnston

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
Most of all, though, what makes this book so very different from nearly every other billionaire memoir is the writing itself. Knight cites various authors in his acknowledgements for their help in making him a writer—notably, Abraham Verghese and J. R. Moehringer—and whatever they did, it worked.
Booklist Online

Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight

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


by Malcolm Gladwell

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Not your grandpa’s self-help book, but Duckworth’s text is oddly encouraging, exhorting us to do better by trying harder, and a pleasure to read.


by Angela Duckworth