Week of 01 Mar 2015
American Sniper
This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs.

American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

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

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

Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey
The author, the present Countess of Carnarvon, digs into the archives with relish for a lively sense of how the glamorous old houses were run, both upstairs and downstairs. Although her tone is rather gushing, her familiarity with this romantic era between the wars lends a winning accessibility for all readers.

Lady Almina And The Real Downton Abbey

by the Countess of Carnarvon

Ghost Boy: The Miraculous Escape of a Misdiagnosed Boy Trapped Inside His Own Body
He says he is 25 years old, but his memories of the past only begin from the moment he started to come back to life from wherever he had been lost. This book is deeply moving and tells the heroic battle of recovery and the power of love.
Independent Online

Ghost Boy

by Martin Pistorius

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
...Sapiens is one of those rare books that lives up to the publisher’s blurb. It really is thrilling and breath-taking; it actually does question our basic narrative of the world.


by Yuval Harari

Taking the Lead: Lessons from a Life in Motion
There are some really cute pictures, including family photos, growing-up moments and Hough on adventures with his dancing partners and sports teammates.
Deseret News

Taking the Lead

by Derek Hough

Leaving Before the Rains Come
Although her batty and unhinged relatives emerge more vividly than her taciturn husband, Fuller’s talent as a storyteller makes this memoir sing.

Leaving Before the Rains Come

by Alexandra Fuller

Ghettoside: A Story of Murder in America
Unfortunately, however deftly the author interweaves the more personal angle of officers Skaggs and Tennelle with broader sociological “root cause” investigations, there is little to suggest that real change will arrive soon in South Central LA. A sobering and informative look at the realities of criminality in the inner city.


by Jill Leovy

Alan Turing the Enigma: The Book That Inspired the Film, "The Imitation Game"
Along with a lucid exposition of Turing's achievements, Hodges reveals an amusing, honest man who saw no reason why he should hide his sexual orientation.
The Independent

Alan Turing the Enigma

by Andrew Hodges

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


by Laura Hillenbrand

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.


by Cheryl Strayed

Killing Patton
“Killing Patton” is rich in blow-by-blow accounts of some of the most significant battles of World War II, as well as of many off-battlefield lives of its primary movers whose personalities virtually come to life in this well-crafted narrative...presents the reader with multiple clues to a mystery, verifying the truth as “stranger than fiction.”
Washington Times

Killing Patton

by Bill O'Reilly

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

No Critic Review


by David Axelrod

Yes Please
She has written a happy, angst-free memoir with stories told without regret or shame; rather, Poehler provides a series of lessons learned about achieving success through ambition and a resolute spirit...A wise and winning—and polite—memoir and manifesto.

Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
This real-life story about current events allows the teenage generation to connect more to it because the generation grew up with the struggle in the Middle East taking place. This book is not about something that seems like ancient history to teenagers...
Lancaster Online

Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell

American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms
Will appeal to military buffs, conservative readers and, of course, firearms enthusiasts.

American Gun

by Chris Kyle

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
...his work becomes an illuminating handbook of methods of reasoning from first principles: work by analogy, perform very rough orders-of-magnitude calculations, or try to flip perspectives. Of course it helps to know some basic science, too.
Wall Street Journal

What If?

by Randall Munroe

Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin

No Critic Review

Official Book Club Selection

by Kathy Griffin

The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers

No Critic Review

The Reaper

by Nicholas Irving