Week of 05 Feb 2017
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Exploring the intimate relationships among blackness, womanhood, and 20th-century American technological development, Shetterly crafts a narrative that is crucial to understanding subsequent movements for civil rights.
Publishers Weekly

Hidden Figures

by Margot Lee Shetterly

Three Days in January: Dwight Eisenhower's Final Mission
A focused and timely study of Eisenhower’s significant speech and the sticky transition to JFK’s inherited new world.

Three Days in January

by Bret Baier

The Magnolia Story
...each story feels a bit short and glossed over on the way to a guaranteed happy ending for the Gaines family. Regardless, "Fixer Upper" fans will be happy with what they find, leaving Chip and Joanna plenty left to reveal as their Magnolia story continues.

The Magnolia Story

by Chip Gaines

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
Kahneman and Tversky approached their personal lives and their research in extremely divergent manners. At times, Lewis’ details about the unlikely coupling overwhelm the larger narrative, but that is a minor complaint in another solid book from this gifted author.

The Undoing Project

by Michael Lewis

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

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it.
Publishers Weekly

The Book of Joy

by Dalai Lama

Born a Crime
Having thoroughly mined his South African upbringing in his standup comedy and monologues on The Daily Show, Noah here tells the whole story in this witty and revealing autobiography.
Publishers Weekly

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Insane Clown President: Dispatches from the 2016 Circus
...given his admission of underestimating Trump’s chances, his first-chapter victory lap, which annotates a chapter from his 2008 book, The Great Derangement, to show how much he’s correctly predicted, feels defensive if not unseemly. A lively set of dispatches that shows how even the harshest skeptic in the pundit class can be blindsided.

Insane Clown President

by Matt Taibbi

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
An unusually timely and deeply affecting view of a social class whose health and economic problems are making headlines in this election year.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Readers of history will have learned the same lessons from John Dower's Embracing Defeat or Richard Frank's Downfall, two of many rich accounts of the war against Japan. But that's not O'Reilly's way; he views history as another lens through which he can view himself. It's time for the killing to stop.
USA Today

Killing the Rising Sun

by Bill O'Reilly

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary—trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner.

The Lost City of the Monkey God

by Douglas Preston

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

The Princess Diarist
Those looking for details about the filming of the Star Wars movies or Fisher's affair should look elsewhere, but those who want to understand the dynamics and personality of a young woman thrust into unexpected stardom and how that shaped the woman she has become will find plenty to ponder here.

The Princess Diarist

by Carrie Fisher

Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America
The readership Dyson addresses may not fully be convinced, but it can hardly remain unmoved by his fiery prose.

Tears We Cannot Stop

by Michael Eric Dyson

The Long Game: The Greatness of the Obama Presidency

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The Long Game

by Jonathan Chait