Week of 27 Jul 2014
Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

Blood Feud: The Obamas vs. the Clintons

No Critic Review

Blood Feud

by Edward Klein

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

Heaven Is For Real
Readers range from belief to disbelief; however, young Colton Burpo seems to have developed a gift from his Heavenly experiences returning with an ability to quell fears of others regarding loved ones who have passed over and other life events. This is a wonderful book...
Examiner

Heaven Is For Real

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future

No Critic Review

One Nation

by Ben Carson M.D.

A World on Fire: Britain's Crucial Role in the American Civil War
...Foreman has created a shimmering tapestry, which offers readers a fresh view of this convulsive, devastating war.
Guardian


A World on Fire

by Amanda Foreman


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

Ship of Ghosts: The Story of the USS Houston, FDR's Legendary Lost Cruiser, and the Epic Saga of Her Survivors

No Critic Review

Ship of Ghosts

by James D. Hornfischer

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
Whether or not one is convinced by Mr. Piketty's data—and there are reasons for skepticism...is ultimately of little consequence. For this book is less a work of economic analysis than a bizarre ideological screed.
Wall Street Journal


Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty

Think Like a Freak
Upbeat and optimistic, Levitt and Dubner hope that by thinking “a bit differently, a bid harder, a bit more freely,” readers will be able “to go out and right some wrong, to ease some burden.”
Kirkus


Think Like a Freak

by Steven D. Levitt

Quiet
An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.
Kirkus


Quiet

by Susan Cain

Lost in Shangri-La
In this well-crafted book, Zuckoff turns the long-forgotten episode into an unusually exciting narrative. Drawing on the young WAC survivor Margaret Hastings’ diary as well as journals and interviews...
Kirkus

Lost in Shangri-La

by Mitchell Zuckoff

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
Its language is clumsy at times and some chapters flow without pause for reflection on the significance of events discussed.
Guardian


A Long Way Gone

by Ishmael Beah

America: Imagine a World Without It

No Critic Review

America

by Dinesh D'Souza

Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison
Kerman's account radiates warmly from her skillful depiction of the personalities she befriended in prison, such as the Russian gangster's wife who ruled the kitchen...Kerman's ordeal indeed proved life altering.
Publishers Weekly

Orange Is the New Black

by Piper Kerman

Hillary Rodham Clinton New Memoir
Unsurprising but perfectly competent and seamlessly of a piece with her Living History (2003). And will Hillary run? The guiding metaphor of the book is the relay race, and there’s a sense that if the torch is handed to her, well….
Kirkus


Hillary Rodham Clinton New Memoir

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
“David and Goliath,” ... is at once deeply repetitive and a bewildering sprawl. There are chapters, especially toward the end, whose relation to the rest of the book are hard to ascertain, even with his constant guidance
NY Times


David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

A Three Dog Life
More of a scrapbook than a full-fledged memoir, but still an affecting account of guilt, shame and acceptance.
Kirkus

A Three Dog Life

by Abigail Thomas

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


Outliers

by Malcolm Gladwell

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street

No Critic Review

Business Adventures

by John Brooks

The Glass Castle
Walls’s journalistic bare-bones style makes for a chilling, wrenching, incredible testimony of childhood neglect. A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story
Kirkus


The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

Becoming Queen Victoria: The Tragic Death of Princess Charlotte and the Unexpected Rise of Britain's Greatest Monarch

No Critic Review

Becoming Queen Victoria

by Kate Williams

Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10
Upon finishing this book, the reader will have a deeper respect for our military and all the trials they undergo for a greater good. How proud you will be of these men who represent the best of America.
Buffalo Rising

Lone Survivor

by Marcus Luttrell

Proof of Heaven
Alexander uses his medical credentials to substantiate the belief that his reconstructed memories offer conclusive proof of his current religious beliefs; readers who don't share these beliefs will find his account less convincing.
Kirkus


Proof of Heaven

by Eben Alexander III M.D.

Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America
King traces the pernicious tentacles of bigotry and expertly depicts the role of the press, the cast of characters and the entire contextual story of civil-rights law and the NAACP. Deeply researched and superbly composed.
Kirkus

Devil in the Grove

by Gilbert King