Week of 30 Aug 2015
Plunder and Deceit

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Plunder and Deceit

by Mark R. Levin

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.
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The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost): A Memoir
Day is delightfully good company and has an interesting story to tell, but a richer work would have made more room for a consideration of the darker aspects of geek culture.
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You're Never Weird on the Internet

by Felicia Day

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.
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Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

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.
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Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

Down the Rabbit Hole: Curious Adventures and Cautionary Tales of a Former Playboy Bunny
Bad (and good) choices, catty moments, professional success, and finally… personal peace and joy (true success!). This story shows us that… most of all? Holly is human. And Holly is happy...Loved it!!
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Down the Rabbit Hole

by Holly Madison

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

by Malcolm Gladwell

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

by Laura Hillenbrand

My Fight / Your Fight

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My Fight / Your Fight

by Ronda Rousey

Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
The book nevertheless provides a fascinating look inside the mind of a man terminally in love with a magnificent obsession. A lyrical and intense memoir.
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Barbarian Days

by William Finnegan

Between the World and Me
...eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life.
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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

The Devil In The White City
Gripping drama, captured with a reporter’s nose for a good story and a novelist’s flair for telling it. The result is a synthetic blend that doesn't do justice to either.
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The Devil In The White City

by Erik Larson

Modern Romance
Ansari’s eminently readable book is successful, in part, because it not only lays out the history, evolution, and pitfalls of dating, it also offers sound advice on how to actually win today's constantly shifting game of love. Often hilarious, consistently informative, and unusually helpful.
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Modern Romance

by Aziz Ansari

The Wright Brothers (The Diaries)
McCullough marvels at their success despite a lack of college education, technical training, “friends in high places” or “financial backers”—they were just boys obsessed by a dream and determined to make it reality. An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.
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The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban
This captivating memoir written by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb evokes a variety of emotions in us, as readers.
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I Am Malala

by Malala Yousafzai

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
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The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls


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.
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Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

The Billion Dollar Spy: A True Story of Cold War Espionage and Betrayal
Hoffman ably navigates the many strands of this complex espionage story. An intricate, mesmerizing portrayal of the KGB-CIA spy culture.
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The Billion Dollar Spy

by David E. Hoffman

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

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A Walk in the Woods

by Bill Bryson

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life (and Comedy)
The candidness of the interviews also exposes the peculiar community of comedians with anecdotes and cameos unlikely to be heard elsewhere. A delightful and hilarious read for anyone interested in what makes comedians tick.
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Sick in the Head

by Judd Apatow