Week of 28 Jun 2015
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.
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The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

Primates of Park Avenue: A Memoir
She explores the “social turbocharge” that women experience through owning a Birkin handbag, and she drops plenty of brand names...When Martin allows the narrative to drift more toward science...the book becomes a useful guide for UES (and other upwardly mobile) women...it’s designed for a certain group of people, and likely them alone.
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Primates of Park Avenue

by Wednesday Martin Ph.D.

The Road to Character
He is careful to emphasize that no one—even those he profiles—is anywhere near flawless. The author’s sincere sermon—at times analytical, at times hortatory—remains a hopeful one.
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The Road to Character

by David Brooks

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
I like this book because it is a real life story...At the start of the book, Malala was a timid, ordinary girl. By the end of the book she was a lot tougher and braver than she was at the start. It is a great book for me to read because it shows how much someone could change throughout a story.
Guardian


I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

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Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

by Bill O'Reilly

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.
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Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side
Fox News commentator Perino, co-host of The Five, spreads sunshine in a book from which even Fox News haters could extract some useful nuggets.
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And the Good News Is...

by Dana Perino

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

by Laura Hillenbrand

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
Despite Vance’s best efforts, Musk comes off as another megalomaniacal hypercapitalist whose stock in trade is luxury goods and services for luxury clients.
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Elon Musk

by Ashlee Vance

Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
Though a bit bloated...Offerman’s book is nonetheless satisfying. His ability to vacillate between gruff history teacher and concerned citizen gives readers a reason to demonstrate their own gumption and follow him to the end. A smart book of straight talk where laughter and logic meet.
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Gumption

by Nick Offerman

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.
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The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Larson...once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915...An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster.
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Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

Ann Coulter Untitled

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Ann Coulter Untitled

by Ann Coulter

Happily Ali After: And More Fairly True Tales
Though the oddly unfulfilled premise remains a bungle, Wentworth charms her way to safety with her endearing reflections.
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Happily Ali After

by Ali Wentworth

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.
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American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

On Gold Mountain
...an invaluable document of immigrant experience that raises complex questions about identity in American culture.
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On Gold Mountain

by Lisa See


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.
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Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

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

by Malcolm Gladwell

It's a Long Story: My Life
His closing vignette inside the church on his Luck property is particularly moving. Still, you may be left feeling that listening to Willie Nelson’s songs will give you a better sense of the man who made them than any autobiography ever could.
Star-Telegram

It's a Long Story

by Willie Nelson

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789
A brilliant account of six years during which four Founding Fathers, “in disregard of public opinion, carried the American story in a new direction.”...This is Ellis’ ninth consecutive history of the Revolutionary War era and yet another winner.
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The Quartet

by Joseph J. Ellis