Week of 22 May 2016
The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss
The takeaway for mother and son is a closeness they didn’t have before, and their interchanges might prompt readers to do the same with their own elderly parents, perhaps with the same outcome. Entertaining and thoughtful moments exchanged between a mother and son who have spent much of their lives in the spotlight.

The Rainbow Comes and Goes

by Anderson Cooper

When Breath Becomes Air
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity.

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Alexander Hamilton
Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer’s art.

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me

No Critic Review


by Ron Miscavige

Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
A welcome guide for new grandparents and their children looking to savor the joys and navigate the pitfalls of grandparenting.

Becoming Grandma

by Lesley Stahl

Five Easy Theses: Commonsense Solutions to America's Greatest Economic Challenges

No Critic Review

Five Easy Theses

by James Stone

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.

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

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.

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

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.

Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Paul McCartney: The Life

No Critic Review

Paul McCartney

by Philip Norman

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

No Critic Review


by Angela Duckworth


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by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor

No Critic Review

Red Platoon

by Clinton Romesha

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

No Critic Review

Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

No Critic Review

Five Presidents

by Clint Hill

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.

The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

No Critic Review

The Sleep Revolution

by Arianna Huffington

First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies
A former White House reporter for Bloomberg News, Brower is a thorough researcher who weaves a highly readable story through original reporting and the thorough use of earlier memoirs and histories.
USA Today

First Women

by Kate Andersen Brower

The Romanovs: 1613-1918
...Montefiore’s is excessively reliant on chronology. He could have indulged himself with the leeway to explore specific themes, as additions to this otherwise riveting tale. Still, the research is meticulous and the style is captivating.

The Romanovs


The Only Rule Is It Has to Work: Our Wild Experiment Building a New Kind of Baseball Team
For fantasy baseball junkies and baseball purists alike, this is a vivid, joyful exploration of recruiting and running a team by numbers—and instinct.
Publishers Weekly

The Only Rule Is It Has to Work

by Ben Lindbergh