Week of 12 Apr 2015
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

No Critic Review

Becoming Steve Jobs

by Brent Schlender

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

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


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

Think Like a Freak
Their arguments are lucid, catchy, and sometimes dubious; their brief for the efficacy of medieval trial-by-ordeal is no more convincing than their hackneyed attack on Britain's national health system. The result is brief, blithe, but ill-digested provocations that stimulate controversy, but are too sketchy to settle it.
Publishers Weekly


Think Like a Freak

by Steven D. Levitt

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

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

Heretic

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Heretic

by Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home

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The Upside of Irrationality

by Dr. Dan Ariely

Killing Jesus
A pleasing read if you’re inclined toward the authors’ selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine.
Kirkus


Killing Jesus

by Bill O'Reilly

Every Day I Fight

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Every Day I Fight

by Stuart Scott

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
With a narrative as smooth as the titular passenger liner, Larson...delivers a riveting account of one of the most tragic events of WWI...Larson convincingly constructs his case for what happened and why, and by the end, we care about the individual passengers we’ve come to know...
Publishers Weekly

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

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


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

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

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The Six Wives of Henry VIII

by Alison Weir

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
The publication of Pioneer Girl has done more to keep the historical picture distinct, dispelling some of the mists and myths of legend and showing us the dark realities of US pioneer life.
Guardian

Pioneer Girl

by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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

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

Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

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Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

by Frank Bruni

Bettyville: A Memoir

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Bettyville

by George Hodgman

What Comes Next and How to Like It: A Memoir

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What Comes Next and How to Like It

by Abigail Thomas