Week of 15 Jul 2018
Kitchen Confidential
There are very few books which all professional cooks should read but this is one.
Guardian

Kitchen Confidential

by Anthony Bourdain

Educated: A Memoir
We learn about a third of the way through the book that she kept journals, but she is a bit vague about a few things...An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success.
Kirkus


Educated

by Tara Westover

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
The book concludes with some worthy injunctions about getting active in politics, rejecting tribalism and respecting facts. But these fail to convey the profound depth of the crisis.
NY Times

The Soul of America

by Jon Meacham

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Much of Sapiens is extremely interesting, and it is often well expressed. As one reads on, however, the attractive features of the book are overwhelmed by carelessness, exaggeration and sensationalism.
Guardian

Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
The author’s evenhanded but generally positive approach shoos away scaremongering while fully recognizing that we’re out in the tall grass...A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing.
Kirkus


How to Change Your Mind

by Michael Pollan

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.
Kirkus


Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Believe It: My Journey of Success, Failure, and Overcoming the Odds

No Critic Review

Believe It

by Nick Foles

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.
Kirkus

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Calypso
Most of "Calypso" is funny, of course. Sedaris discourses on Fitbit addiction, the difficulty of getting a surgeon to give you a tumor so you can feed it to a snapping turtle, and the insults people around the globe hurl at drivers who cut them off in traffic...
Star Tribune

Calypso

by David Sedaris

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics
Krauthammer's interest in world championship chess and mathematics helps him ably convey the magic of the convergence of science and art in monumental expressions of man's political concerns and strivings...A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew.
Kirkus

Things That Matter

by Charles Krauthammer

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook (P.S.)
...he is not by any means domesticated. A whole chapter entitled "Alan Richman Is a Douche Bag" skewers the GQ food writer...
Blog Critics


Medium Raw

by Anthony Bourdain

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.
Kirkus


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
The question of how it got so far — more than 800 employees and a paper valuation of $9 billion — will fascinate business school classes for years. The first line of defense should have been the board, and its failure was shocking.
NY Times

Bad Blood

by John Carreyrou

The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West

No Critic Review

The Plot to Destroy Democracy

by Malcolm Nance

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

No Critic Review

Lincoln's Last Trial

by Dan Abrams