Week of 21 Sep 2014
What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

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What If?

by Randall Munroe

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.
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The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

Diary of a Mad Diva
For a live audience, Rivers may astound with her stories and blue language, but when continually lobbed on the page, the shtick grows predictable and stale.
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Diary of a Mad Diva

by Joan Rivers


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.
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Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Kerman's account radiates warmly from her skillful depiction of the personalities she befriended in prison, such as the Russian gangster's wife who ruled the kitchen...Kerman's ordeal indeed proved life altering.
Publishers Weekly

Orange Is the New Black

by Piper Kerman

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

by Malcolm Gladwell

Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story

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Elvis and Ginger

by Ginger Alden

Thinking, Fast And Slow
Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.
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Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914
...Stevens was able to recruit the greatest engineering minds of the period--and the book is able to recapture their breakthroughs.
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The Path Between the Seas

by David McCullough

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust
A well-written, tense, and intimate Holocaust memoir...This engaging book goes deeper than psychologizing on the (Patty) Hearst Syndrome in explaining how the survival instinct allows one to sleep with the enemy.
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The Nazi Officer's Wife

by Edith H. Beer

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

by Laura Hillenbrand

unPHILtered: The Way I See It

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unPHILtered

by Phil Robertson

Heaven is for Real Movie Edition: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

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Heaven is for Real Movie Edition

by Todd Burpo

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
A grand and grim narrative of thrilling exploration for fans of Into Thin Air, Mountains of the Moon and the like.
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In the Kingdom of Ice

by Hampton Sides

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

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One Nation

by Ben Carson M.D.

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

by Susan Cain

America: Imagine a World Without It

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America

by Dinesh D'Souza

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
Levitin’s fascinating tour of the mind helps us better understand the ways we process and structure our experiences.
Publishers Weekly

The Organized Mind

by Daniel J. Levitin

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Gripping and as well-crafted as an episode of Smiley’s People, full of cynical inevitability, secrets, lashings of whiskey and corpses.
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A Spy Among Friends

by Ben Macintyre

Level Zero Heroes: The Story of U.S. Marine Special Operations in Bala Murghab, Afghanistan

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Level Zero Heroes

by Michael Golembesky