Week of 14 Feb 2016
When Breath Becomes Air
To paraphrase Abraham Verghese’s introduction, to read this book is to feel that Dr. Kalanithi still lives, with enormous power to influence the lives of others even though he is gone.
NY Times

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
“Dark Money,” the result of Ms. Mayer’s research, is a persuasive, timely and necessary story of the Koch brothers’ empire.
NY Times

Dark Money

by Jane Mayer

The Road to Little Dribbling: More Notes From a Small Island
His wry observations and self-deprecating humor keep him from coming off as a bitter cynic, and his lyrical way with words keeps the pages turning.
Publishers Weekly

The Road to Little Dribbling

by Bill Bryson

The Name of God Is Mercy
The ease with which the pope speaks to the concerns of ordinary people, as well as his humble lifestyle (living not in the Apostolic Palace, but in a modest Vatican guesthouse, and traveling in a tiny Fiat car), is rooted in a heartfelt sense of humility.
NY Times

The Name of God Is Mercy

by Pope Francis

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

Killing Reagan: The Violent Assault That Changed a Presidency
But what is most disappointing in this book is that the authors fail to understand the mettle and substance of Reagan or give little credit, or even acknowledge, his historic victory over a truly evil empire without even firing a shot.
Washington Times

Killing Reagan

by Bill O'Reilly

The Devil In The White City
Gripping drama, captured with a reporter’s nose for a good story and a novelist’s flair for telling it. The result is a synthetic blend that doesn't do justice to either.

The Devil In The White City

by Erik Larson

The Last Jews in Berlin

No Critic Review

The Last Jews in Berlin

by Leonard Gross

The Indifferent Stars Above: The Harrowing Saga of a Donner Party Bride

No Critic Review

The Indifferent Stars Above

by Daniel James Brown

The Demon in the Freezer: A True Story

No Critic Review

The Demon in the Freezer

by Richard Preston

13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi
Benghazi has furnished a storm of outrages over two years, some of them real and some phony. “13 Hours” may only add to the list of real ones...
The Washington Post

13 Hours

by Mitchell Zuckoff with the Annex Security Team

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 Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
Writing in faintly Tom Wolfe-ian prose, Mr. Lewis does a colorful job of introducing the lay reader to the Darwinian world of the bond market...
NY Times

The Big Short

by Michael Lewis

This Time Together: Laughter and Reflection

No Critic Review

This Time Together

by Carol Burnett

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
The authors handle the ridiculous elements of the tale with a light touch, and do an outstanding job of explaining the ultimate exploits of Presley O’Bannon and Stephen Decatur, the eventual heroes of the war...If there’s a drawback to the book, it’s that it’s all too often a catalog of things that were fouled up.
Book Reporter

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

by Brian Kilmeade

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.

Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

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

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
Overall, I am Malala was extremely interesting and has definitely made me look at the education system in the UK with respect and gratitude.

I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

The Wright Brothers (The Diaries)
McCullough marvels at their success despite a lack of college education, technical training, “friends in high places” or “financial backers”—they were just boys obsessed by a dream and determined to make it reality. An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation
IT’S HIGH TIME a book did for epidemiology what Jon Krakauer’s best-selling “Into Thin Air” did for mountain climbing: transform a long sequence of painfully plodding steps and missteps into a narrative of such irresistible momentum...
NY Times

Toms River

by Dan Fagin