Week of 16 Sep 2018
The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
McCain’s impending death gives this book’s résumé of “great fights” its urgency and, yes, its gravity. Its mood is grim
Guardian

The Restless Wave

by John McCain

Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence-The Groundbreaking Meditation Practice

No Critic Review

Aware

by Dr. Daniel Siegel M.D.

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

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think

No Critic Review

Factfulness

by Hans Rosling

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

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

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

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

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Not your grandpa’s self-help book, but Duckworth’s text is oddly encouraging, exhorting us to do better by trying harder, and a pleasure to read.
Kirkus


Grit

by Angela Duckworth