Week of 02 Apr 2017
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

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 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

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
No matter what you think of George W. Bush, he demonstrates in this book and in these paintings virtues that are sadly lacking at the top of the American political pyramid today: curiosity, compassion, the commitment to learn something new and the humility to learn it in public.
BG Daily News

Portraits of Courage

by George W. Bush

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
...my friend Rod Dreher, whose new book, “The Benedict Option,” is already the most discussed and most important religious book of the decade.
NY Times

The Benedict Option

by Rod Dreher

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Urging us to live out true patriotism and shun the evils of nationalism, Snyder is doing his best to ensure that Americans will have the liberty to vote in a new president in 2020 and beyond.
Patheos

On Tyranny

by Timothy Snyder

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

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

Trump's War: His Battle for America
Both fans of The Michael Savage Show and those less familiar with Savage’s works will find interesting and thought-provoking points in Trump’s War. The arguments he makes are often more nuanced than one would expect...
Breitbart

Trump's War

by Michael Savage

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

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

Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America

No Critic Review

Big Agenda

by David Horowitz

The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit
There is no wisdom here. Sometimes a hermit is just a hermit. Sometimes a thief is just a thief. Finkel did his best. The book is interesting, but it is not illuminating.
Star Tribune


The Stranger in the Woods

by Michael Finkel

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