Week of 24 May 2015
The Wright Brothers (The Diaries)

No Critic Review

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

Hope: A Memoir of Survival in Cleveland

No Critic Review


by Amanda Berry

It's a Long Story: My Life

No Critic Review

It's a Long Story

by Willie Nelson

American Wife

No Critic Review

American Wife

by Taya Kyle

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

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

No Critic Review

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

by Bill O'Reilly

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings
I picked up this book because the kidnappings took place in my neck of the woods, but I think this is a read we can all benefit from. We as a society need to see that we're failing a large population of our young people, people with loads of potential if they're given access to the right tools.
Jen's Book Thoughts

Finding Me

by Michelle Knight

Deal: My Three Decades of Drumming, Dreams, and Drugs with the Grateful Dead

No Critic Review


by Bill Kreutzmann

The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House
While journalist Brower moves by theme in presenting the memories of select long-running staff at the White House...there is an irresistible, charmingly pell-mell quality to the arrangement of these dishy stories...A work of great historical interest that is also quite entertaining.

The Residence

by Kate Andersen Brower

When to Rob a Bank: ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intentioned Rants from the Freakonomics Guys

No Critic Review

When to Rob a Bank

by Steven D. Levitt

Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich

No Critic Review

Clinton Cash

by Peter Schweizer

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief, and Manipulation

No Critic Review

The Book of Joan

by Melissa Rivers

And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side

No Critic Review

And the Good News Is...

by Dana Perino

The Road to Character
Brooks’s theory is that we read about the lives of people of character, and then we emulate. “We admire… and bend our lives to mimic theirs.” Well, possibly.

The Road to Character

by David Brooks

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.

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

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

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town

No Critic Review


by Jon Krakauer

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

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

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.

Pioneer Girl

by Laura Ingalls Wilder