Week of 20 Jul 2014
Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

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

Hillary Rodham Clinton New Memoir
Unsurprising but perfectly competent and seamlessly of a piece with her Living History (2003). And will Hillary run? The guiding metaphor of the book is the relay race, and there’s a sense that if the torch is handed to her, well….
Kirkus


Hillary Rodham Clinton New Memoir

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Upon finishing this book, the reader will have a deeper respect for our military and all the trials they undergo for a greater good. How proud you will be of these men who represent the best of America.
Buffalo Rising

Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell

Think Like a Freak
Upbeat and optimistic, Levitt and Dubner hope that by thinking “a bit differently, a bid harder, a bit more freely,” readers will be able “to go out and right some wrong, to ease some burden.”
Kirkus


Think Like a Freak

by Steven D. Levitt

We Two: Victoria and Albert: Rulers, Partners, Rivals
Gill’s vivid and deeply reasoned account of Queen Victoria’s marriage should be read alongside Phyllis Rose’s still trenchant “Parallel Lives,” with its portraits of the marriages of five 19th-century British literary lions.
NY Times

We Two

by Gillian Gill

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.
Kirkus

Diary of a Mad Diva

by Joan Rivers

Franklin and Winston: An Intimate Portrait of an Epic Friendship
In FRANKLIN AND WINSTON, Meacham has demonstrated that leaders are not made of stone. Despite their positions of power, they are still people and in need of the human connection.
Book Reporter

Franklin and Winston

by Jon Meacham

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

Proof of Heaven
Alexander uses his medical credentials to substantiate the belief that his reconstructed memories offer conclusive proof of his current religious beliefs; readers who don't share these beliefs will find his account less convincing.
Kirkus


Proof of Heaven

by Eben Alexander III M.D.


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

It Looked Different on the Model: Epic Tales of Impending Shame and Infamy

No Critic Review

It Looked Different on the Model

by Laurie Notaro

Heaven is Beyond Your Wildest Expectations: Ten True Stories of Experiencing Heaven

No Critic Review

Heaven is Beyond Your Wildest Expectations

by Sid Roth

Blood Feud: The Obamas vs. the Clintons

No Critic Review

Blood Feud

by Edward Klein

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

Heaven Is For Real
Readers range from belief to disbelief; however, young Colton Burpo seems to have developed a gift from his Heavenly experiences returning with an ability to quell fears of others regarding loved ones who have passed over and other life events. This is a wonderful book...
Examiner

Heaven Is For Real

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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

No Critic Review

One Nation

by Ben Carson M.D.

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Whether or not one is convinced by Mr. Piketty's data—and there are reasons for skepticism...is ultimately of little consequence. For this book is less a work of economic analysis than a bizarre ideological screed.
Wall Street Journal


Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty

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


Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

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
Kirkus


The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends: Confessions of a Reality Show Villain

No Critic Review

I Didn't Come Here to Make Friends

by Courtney Robertson

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Parents need to know that the first volume in poet Maya Angelou's autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is a poignant and poetic account of the author's life up until age 17.
Common Sense Media

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

by Maya Angelou

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)
...Kaling charts the course of her varied life, while offering often hilarious, sometimes poignant tips...Kaling’s fresh humor, one-liners, and analogies...make this...worth...sharing with friends.
Publishers Weekly


Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

by Mindy Kaling

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.
Kirkus

The Nazi Officer's Wife

by Edith H. Beer

Etched in Sand: A True Story of Five Siblings Who Survived an Unspeakable Childhood on Long Island
Calcaterra concludes her story with the genuine sentiment that “we all have to believe.” At the end of this unforgettable book, readers will.
Publishers Weekly

Etched in Sand

by Regina Calcaterra