Week of 17 Sep 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
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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.
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Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment

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Why Buddhism is True

by Robert Wright

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

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The Big Lie

by Dinesh D'Souza

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.
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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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.
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Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

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.
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Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
...“most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration”—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.
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The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

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.
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
...though he allows that Republicans “are just awful,” he also holds that Democrats have to accommodate the fact that they exist and try to get things done with them—all except maybe Ted Cruz. Here’s how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken’s case, made with a smile.
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Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken

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.
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Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

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Life 3.0

by Max Tegmark

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.
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Sapiens

by Yuval Harari

Just Mercy
A distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society...One of Stevenson’s first and most significant cases involved a black man named Walter McMillian...Emotionally profound, necessary reading.
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Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.
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The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot