Week of 12 Mar 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

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

Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam
Unsparing in his analysis of the chiefs, McMaster takes them severely to task for their ``failure'' to provide LBJ with ``their best advice.'' A relentless, stinging indictment of the usual Johnson administration Vietnam War suspects.
Kirkus

Dereliction of Duty

by H. R. McMaster

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story (Movie Tie-in)  (Movie Tie-in Editions)
Ackerman has clearly done her research, using Antonina's diaries and other records, including interviews of survivors. She is a lyrical and articulate writer...
Madison Public Library/Dream Big Read

The Zookeeper's Wife

by Diane Ackerman

Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America

No Critic Review

Big Agenda

by David Horowitz

This Life I Live: One Man's Extraordinary, Ordinary Life and the Woman Who Changed It Forever

No Critic Review

This Life I Live

by Rory Feek

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

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.
Kirkus

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

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.
Kirkus


Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
...it is lively, provocative and sure to be another hit among the pooh-bahs. But readers ought to be prepared: Almost every blithe pronouncement Harari makes (that “the free individual is just a fictional tale concocted by an assembly of biochemical algorithms,” for instance) has been the exclusive subject of far more nuanced books...
NY Times


Homo Deus

by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Writing with wit and verve, Harari, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth...Harari is provocative and entertaining but his expansive scope only allows him to skim the surface.
Publishers Weekly


Sapiens

by Yuval Harari

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.
Chron

The Magnolia Story

by Chip Gaines

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

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
Her amusing essays open up a not-so-funny topic: mental illness in its many guises. Kudos to Lawson for being a flagrant and witty spokesperson for this dark subject matter.
Kirkus

Furiously Happy

by Jenny Lawson

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

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi