Week of 29 Mar 2015
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
With a narrative as smooth as the titular passenger liner, Larson...delivers a riveting account of one of the most tragic events of WWI...Larson convincingly constructs his case for what happened and why, and by the end, we care about the individual passengers we’ve come to know...
Publishers Weekly

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

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

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


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

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.
Kirkus


Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

Killing Patton
“Killing Patton” is rich in blow-by-blow accounts of some of the most significant battles of World War II, as well as of many off-battlefield lives of its primary movers whose personalities virtually come to life in this well-crafted narrative...presents the reader with multiple clues to a mystery, verifying the truth as “stranger than fiction.”
Washington Times

Killing Patton

by Bill O'Reilly

Yes Please
She has written a happy, angst-free memoir with stories told without regret or shame; rather, Poehler provides a series of lessons learned about achieving success through ambition and a resolute spirit...A wise and winning—and polite—memoir and manifesto.
Kirkus


Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis

No Critic Review

Our Kids

by Robert D. Putnam

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.
Kirkus


The Devil In The White City

by Erik Larson

A Brief History of Time
A Brief History of Time is far more than a science book. It’s one of the renaissance books that is so seminal to the notion of who we are, and where we might be in the next 50 years, that it should be required reading for every person from high school on...It’s light and easy and fun, full of subtle humour and provocative notions.
Blog Critics

A Brief History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

Thomas Jefferson

No Critic Review

Thomas Jefferson

by Henry Moscow

American Sniper
This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs.
Kirkus


American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice


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

The Autobiography Of Eleanor Roosevelt (Quality Paperbacks Series)

No Critic Review

The Autobiography Of Eleanor Roosevelt

by Eleanor Roosevelt

Every Day I Fight

No Critic Review

Every Day I Fight

by Stuart Scott

Bettyville: A Memoir

No Critic Review

Bettyville

by George Hodgman

H is for Hawk
An inspired, beautiful and absorbing account of a woman battling grief—with a goshawk...Writing with breathless urgency that only rarely skirts the melodramatic, Macdonald broadens her scope well beyond herself to focus on the antagonism between people and the environment.
Kirkus

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald

Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife

No Critic Review

Anne Frank

by Francine Prose

17 Carnations: The Royals, the Nazis and the Biggest Cover-Up in History

No Critic Review

17 Carnations

by Andrew Morton

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana: Five Sisters, One Remarkable Family, and the Woman Who Risked Everything to Keep Them Safe (P.S.)
A memorable, inspiring story of courageous community-building.
Kirkus


The Dressmaker of Khair Khana

by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.
Kirkus


The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot