Week of 25 Jun 2017
I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons

No Critic Review

I Can't Make This Up

by Kevin Hart

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
In short order, you’ll be conversant in mind-bending trivia about “star stuff” that may fundamentally shift your perspective of our place in the universe—and convince you to pursue some of the many fine longer-form books on the subject.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
A book that provides illuminating ways to make headway through the days when there doesn't seem to be a way forward.

Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Throughout, Snyder carefully weighs his rules for radicals against historical benchmarks...Timely and essential, if, one hopes, a bit more than the present situation requires.

On Tyranny

by Timothy Snyder

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating

No Critic Review

If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?

by Alan Alda

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (Movie Tie-in)  (Movie Tie-in Editions)
...better at describing the Zabinski's animals and pets than she is in describing the Zabinski's human charges...Balbina the half wild house cat, and Wicek the bully of a rabbit are much more real than the human characters who wander in and out of the book.

The Zookeeper's Wife

by Diane Ackerman

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying

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The Bright Hour

by Nina Riggs

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
The publication of “Al Franken, Giant of the Senate” marks a major break with Franken’s previous political persona, one that is sure to stoke speculation about his future in a party that is desperately bereft of future prospects.
NY Times

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
...Sedaris’s developing voice is the lifeline that pulls him through the murk. In the last year of the diaries, with Sedaris a now-established best-selling author and world traveler, the prickly Southern wit is still intact and sparkling...
NY Times

Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam

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Hue 1968

by Mark Bowden

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

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The Vanishing American Adult

by Ben Sasse

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Writing with wit and verve, Harari, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth...Harari is provocative and entertaining but his expansive scope only allows him to skim the surface.
Publishers Weekly


by Yuval Harari