Week of 31 Aug 2014
Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette
Exhaustively researched and brilliantly written, “In the Kingdom of the Ice” is the work of a top-notch historian and storyteller. Readers braced for its hardships are in for a great read.
Star Tribune

In the Kingdom of Ice

by Hampton Sides

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

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

No Critic Review

One Nation

by Ben Carson M.D.

The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents

No Critic Review

The First Family Detail

by Ronald Kessler

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


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

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
“David and Goliath,” ... is at once deeply repetitive and a bewildering sprawl. There are chapters, especially toward the end, whose relation to the rest of the book are hard to ascertain, even with his constant guidance
NY Times


David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

By Myself and Then Some

No Critic Review

By Myself and Then Some

by Lauren Bacall

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

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

Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan
Perlstein (Nixonland) snuffs out any nostalgic glow in this massive and wide-ranging portrait of 1973 to 1976...outstanding work...
Publishers Weekly

The Invisible Bridge

by Rick Perlstein

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

America: Imagine a World Without It

No Critic Review

America

by Dinesh D'Souza

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

The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914

No Critic Review

The Path Between the Seas

by David McCullough

A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal
Macintyre writes with the diligence and insight of a journalist, and the panache of a born storyteller, concentrating on Philby's friendship with and betrayal of Elliott and of Angleton, his pathetically dedicated admirer at the top of the CIA.
Guardian

A Spy Among Friends

by Ben Macintyre

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

The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story

No Critic Review

The Hot Zone

by Richard Preston

Vera: (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) (Modern Library Paperbacks)
Vera was tireless as translator, editor, agent, Praetorian Guard. But as Schiff urges, her participation in Nabokov's linguistic experiments, in his conviction of imminent celebrity, was indispensable.
Guardian

Vera

by Stacy Schiff

Churchill: A Life

No Critic Review

Churchill

by Martin Gilbert

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

No Critic Review

The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt

by Toby Wilkinson

Blood Feud: The Obamas vs. the Clintons

No Critic Review

Blood Feud

by Edward Klein

The Power Of Habit
Even with such varied exemplars, the skilled narrative remains accessible.
Kirkus


The Power Of Habit

by Charles Duhigg