Week of 22 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.
Kirkus


American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice


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

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.
Kirkus


Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

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

Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History

No Critic Review

Charlie Wilson's War

by George Crile

Girl in a Band: A Memoir
Gordon goes into intriguing detail on specific songs and doesn’t hold back on Moore or other figures, even ones with worse disasters than her own...Written with the same cool passion she brings to her lyrics, Gordon delivers a generous look at life inside the punk whirlwind.
Kirkus


Girl in a Band

by Kim Gordon

Data and Goliath: The Hidden Battles to Capture Your Data and Control Your World

No Critic Review

Data and Goliath

by Bruce Schneier

The Man Who Left

No Critic Review

The Man Who Left

by Theresa Weir

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

Future Crimes: How Our Radical Dependence on Technology Threatens Us All
Goodman suggests solid actions to limit the impact of cybercrimes...A powerful wake-up call to pay attention to our online lives.
Kirkus

Future Crimes

by Marc Goodman

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

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


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

H is for Hawk
An inspired, beautiful and absorbing account of a woman battling grief—with a goshawk...Writing with breathless urgency that only rarely skirts the melodramatic, Macdonald broadens her scope well beyond herself to focus on the antagonism between people and the environment.
Kirkus

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

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.
Kirkus


Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time is far more than a science book. It’s one of the renaissance books that is so seminal to the notion of who we are, and where we might be in the next 50 years, that it should be required reading for every person from high school on...It’s light and easy and fun, full of subtle humour and provocative notions.
Blog Critics

A Brief History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

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

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

Out of the Woods: A Memoir of Wayfinding
...Darling's journey through unknown forests, both physical and emotional, resonates with longings, hopes, fears and a stalwart courage to conquer them all.
Kirkus

Out of the Woods

by Lynn Darling

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


The Power Of Habit

by Charles Duhigg

Thunderstruck
At times slow-going, but the riveting period detail and dramatic flair eventually render this tale an animated history lesson.
Kirkus


Thunderstruck

by The #1 New York Times bestselling author Erik Larson