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)
...better at describing the Zabinski's animals and pets than she is in describing the Zabinski's human charges...Balbina the half wild house cat, and Wicek the bully of a rabbit are much more real than the human characters who wander in and out of the book.
AuthorsDen

The Zookeeper's Wife

by Diane Ackerman

Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
Pace is right about one thing: The book is a “message of love” from a former president to the troops.
NY Times

Portraits of Courage

by George W. Bush

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
Given Dreher’s bold claims, one might expect the book to provide some compelling arguments showing why contemporary society is so hostile to Christians. It doesn’t.
Huffington Post

The Benedict Option

by Rod Dreher

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
Throughout, Snyder carefully weighs his rules for radicals against historical benchmarks...Timely and essential, if, one hopes, a bit more than the present situation requires.
Kirkus

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
The book doesn’t penetrate the mystery of Knight’s renunciation, but the questions it raises remain deeply compelling.
Publishers Weekly


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