Week of 19 Apr 2015
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.
Kirkus

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

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Perhaps the authors assume that many of their readers will have already digested Isaacson’s version of these events. Even so, it does add to the impression that this revisionist history is a little too protective of its subject.
Financial Times


Becoming Steve Jobs

by Brent Schlender

Think Like a Freak
Their arguments are lucid, catchy, and sometimes dubious; their brief for the efficacy of medieval trial-by-ordeal is no more convincing than their hackneyed attack on Britain's national health system. The result is brief, blithe, but ill-digested provocations that stimulate controversy, but are too sketchy to settle it.
Publishers Weekly


Think Like a Freak

by Steven D. Levitt

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

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

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
Perhaps it is his own feeling for the disease that makes this Pulitzer prize-winning book so readable...
Guardian


The Emperor of All Maladies

by Siddhartha Mukherjee

Killing Jesus
A pleasing read if you’re inclined toward the authors’ selective views. Otherwise, the four Gospels will do just fine.
Kirkus


Killing Jesus

by Bill O'Reilly

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Modest and, at times, disarmingly blunt, Norris distils wisdom, anecdotes, and plain “comma” sense in almost equal measure, often winding family stories and office politics...Her witty take on the puzzles of punctuation...is, to use one of her own descriptions, a “big-ass” delight.
NY Journal of Books

Between You & Me

by Mary Norris

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

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

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief
Wright doesn't go out of his way to exaggerate the excesses of Scientology; each page delivers startling facts that need no elaboration. A patient, wholly compelling investigation into a paranoid “religion” and the faithful held in its sweaty grip.
Kirkus

Going Clear

by Lawrence Wright

Under the Tuscan Sun: At Home in Italy

No Critic Review

Under the Tuscan Sun

by Frances Mayes

So You've Been Publicly Shamed
Another intriguing journey from Ronson, who notes that our social media dark side grows ever darker when we believe we’re superior to others—and anonymous.
Kirkus


So You've Been Publicly Shamed

by Jon Ronson

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

Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir
Her stark account fills in the gaps behind the fleeting glimpses the world caught of her during her court appearances, when her stress-driven hair loss, fast-improving Italian and even her choice of T-shirt spawned countless articles.
Guardian


Waiting to Be Heard

by Amanda Knox

Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime
“Dress for the job you want, not the one you have,” was one of her mottoes. Another was “Never be afraid to go into a classy place.” A charming tribute to a remarkable woman and the bond between mother and son.
Kirkus

Unforgettable

by Scott Simon

In Defense of a Liberal Education
A passionate appeal, for Americans in particular and the world at large, to rethink the benefits of a well-rounded, general education.
Kirkus

In Defense of a Liberal Education

by Fareed Zakaria