Week of 20 Apr 2014
Flash Boys

No Critic Review

Flash Boys

by Michael Lewis

Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

No Critic Review

Upstairs at the White House

by J. B. West

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
One has to wonder how hardworking mothers and self-reliant professionals will regard these questionable pearls of wisdom. A gimmicky, patronizing book.
Kirkus

Thrive

by Arianna Huffington

Twelve Years a Slave
It read like a film script, ready to be shot. I could not believe that I had never heard of this book. It felt as important as Anne Frank's diary, only published nearly a hundred years before.
Guardian

Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup & Henry Louis Gates

Letters From Berlin: A Story of War, Survival, and the Redeeming Power of Love and Friendship

No Critic Review

Letters From Berlin

by Kerstin Lieff

The Nazi Officer's Wife: How One Jewish Woman Survived The Holocaust
A well-written, tense, and intimate Holocaust memoir...This engaging book goes deeper than psychologizing on the (Patty) Hearst Syndrome in explaining how the survival instinct allows one to sleep with the enemy.
Kirkus

The Nazi Officer's Wife

by Edith H. Beer

Uganda Be Kidding Me
Her traveling companions, safari guides and resort staffers emerge vividly drawn, and her ear for distinctive and telling dialogue is well-honed...Fans of Handler’s outrageous persona will find much to enjoy; the unconverted will remain so.
Kirkus


Uganda Be Kidding Me

by Chelsea Handler

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

The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History
True art lovers will find “The Monuments Men” a touching retelling of the brave actions that these men and women took in an effort to save culture from being destroyed. While there were so many other tragic war stories this book focuses on their work. It is highly recommended if only for the pictures at the end that show them in action.
Examiner

The Monuments Men

by Robert M. Edsel

John Wayne: The Life and Legend
In this compulsively readable biography, Eyman examines closely Wayne’s major films, from The Searchers and The Shootist to Sands of Iwo Jima and True Grit to depict the actor who “came to symbolize the American man throughout the world, whether he was wearing a soldier suit or a cowboy hat.”
Publishers Weekly

John Wayne

by Scott Eyman

Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You

No Critic Review

Not Cool

by Greg Gutfeld

Proof of Heaven
...Proof of Heaven is a thought-provoking book clearly challenging the prevailing materialistic paradigm about the nature of the world.
NY Journal of Books


Proof of Heaven

by Eben Alexander III M.D.

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
Heaven is for Real is a book that I read in one sitting, but will stay with me for a long time.
Examiner

Heaven Is For Real

by Todd Burpo with Lynn Vincent

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

Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff: A Libertarian Manifesto

No Critic Review

Don't Hurt People and Don't Take Their Stuff

by Matt Kibbe

The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards About What Makes This Family Work

No Critic Review

The Women of Duck Commander

by Kay Robertson

Killing Jesus
O'Reilly and Dugard have swallowed hook, line and sinker the gospel writers' antipathy to the Pharisees. They seem unaware that in Jesus's time the Pharisees were in fact a newish, radicalising group, trying to wrest control of the Jewish religion from the stranglehold of the Sadducees...
Guardian


Killing Jesus

by Bill O'Reilly

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


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power
The overall effect is one of well-meaning but fuzzy prescription, less rigorous than this difficult subject requires.
Kirkus

A Call to Action

by Jimmy Carter

Thinking, Fast And Slow
Striking research showing the immense complexity of ordinary thought and revealing the identities of the gatekeepers in our minds.
Kirkus

Thinking, Fast And Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

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

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
In Lean In, Sandberg shows very little awareness of herself or the ridiculous nature of the system that she so doggedly and determinedly embraces. Her book should carry a toxic warning.
Guardian


Lean In

by Sheryl Sandberg

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


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