Week of 16 Apr 2017
Old School: Life in the Sane Lane

No Critic Review

Old School

by Bill O'Reilly

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.

On Tyranny

by Timothy Snyder

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

A Colony in a Nation
Arguing for the erasure of borders between Nation and Colony, Hayes admits, regretfully, that such change might fundamentally alter the comfortable sense of order that he, and other members of the Nation, prizes. A timely and impassioned argument for social justice.

A Colony in a Nation

by Chris Hayes

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

Big Agenda: President Trump’s Plan to Save America

No Critic Review

Big Agenda

by David Horowitz

The Cubs Way: The Zen of Building the Best Team in Baseball and Breaking the Curse

No Critic Review

The Cubs Way

by Tom Verducci

Richard Nixon: The Life

No Critic Review

Richard Nixon

by John A. Farrell

The Zookeeper's Wife: A War Story
This is an absorbing book, diminished sometimes by the choppy way Ackerman balances Antonina’s account with the larger story of the Warsaw Holocaust. For me, the more interesting story is Antonina’s.
NY Times

The Zookeeper's Wife

by Diane Ackerman

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 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

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

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 Rules Do Not Apply: A Memoir

No Critic Review

The Rules Do Not Apply

by Ariel Levy