Week of 25 Jan 2015
Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand


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

by Rebecca Skloot

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

It Was Me All Along: A Memoir

No Critic Review

It Was Me All Along

by Andie Mitchell

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story
After a 10-day retreat, chronicled in the book’s most entertaining section, Harris began applying this new calm, centered approach to his hectic livelihood in the media and began adopting a new attitude and approach toward instances of negativity and misfortune...Friendly, practical advocacy for the power of mindfulness and enlightenment.
Kirkus

10% Happier

by Dan Harris

Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned"
The problem isn’t that the author gives us too much information; the problem is that it’s repetitive and often boring, lacking the humor and stylishness of Nora Ephron or Tina Fey...Dunham shows flashes of the humor and sharp eye that make Girls so compelling, but the pleasure of watching the TV show doesn’t translate to the page.
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Not That Kind of Girl

by Lena Dunham

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
...his work becomes an illuminating handbook of methods of reasoning from first principles: work by analogy, perform very rough orders-of-magnitude calculations, or try to flip perspectives. Of course it helps to know some basic science, too.
Wall Street Journal

What If?

by Randall Munroe

Altitude Adjustment: A Quest For Love, Home, And Meaning In The Tetons

No Critic Review

Altitude Adjustment

by Mary Beth Baptiste

Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free
The author fully invests readers in the men’s plight by portraying the crushing realization of the dire circumstances...He also devotes sympathetic attention to the gathering tent city of relatives who refused to leave...An electrifying, empathetic work of journalism that makes a four-year-old story feel fresh.
Kirkus

Deep Down Dark

by Héctor Tobar

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.
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American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

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

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.
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Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

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

America's Bitter Pill: Money, Politics, Back-Room Deals, and the Fight to Fix Our Broken Healthcare System

No Critic Review

America's Bitter Pill

by Steven Brill

The Lost German Slave Girl: The Extraordinary True Story of Sally Miller and Her Fight for Freedom in Old New Orleans
The fierce debate over the mysterious slave's identity inflamed 1840s Louisiana, and it has lost little of its fascination today.
Entertainment Weekly

The Lost German Slave Girl

by John Bailey

The End of Power: From Boardrooms to Battlefields and Churches to States, Why Being In Charge Isn't What It Used to Be
Mr. Naím's main goal is to get his readers to think differently about power. His prescriptions are a little vague...
Wall Street Journal

The End of Power

by Moises Naim

The Heart of Everything That Is: The Untold Story of Red Cloud, An American Legend
Sharply honed life of the only American Indian leader to definitively beat the United States in war, short-lived though the defeat might have been.
Kirkus

The Heart of Everything That Is

by Bob Drury

41 by George W. Bush
The author makes no pretensions to objectivity and, in truth, this is more Hallmark card than biography. Bush’s conversational storytelling makes for engaging reading, even if the stories have been told before in interviews, profiles and books...
NY Times

41 by George W. Bush

by George W. Bush

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