Week of 11 Jun 2017
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
In short order, you’ll be conversant in mind-bending trivia about “star stuff” that may fundamentally shift your perspective of our place in the universe—and convince you to pursue some of the many fine longer-form books on the subject.
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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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.
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Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
This page-turner surges forward with the pacing of a true-crime thriller, elevated by Grann's crisp and evocative prose and enhanced by dozens of period photographs.
Kirkus


Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign
Ultimately, Allen and Parnes get inside the campaign but not inside the mind of Hillary Clinton. Much the same seems to have been true for most of her staff and, ultimately, the voters.
NPR


Shattered

by Jonathan Allen

The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Osama bin Laden and My Years as a SEAL Team Warrior
Whatever controversy might ensue, most of the memoir is enlightening about military special forces, especially the SEAL component.
Kirkus

The Operator

by Robert O'Neill

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
McCullough is relentlessly positive...in his account of the long friendship between France and the United States, he does not mention the Iraq War, “freedom fries,” etc. But, as Emily Dickinson wrote, “hope is the thing with feathers,” and it is that bird that swoops through all.
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The American Spirit

by David McCullough

This Fight Is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class
The author sounds the alarm that an oligarchy is in the making, and her urgency is palpable and necessary. Inspiring words to empower Warren's marching army.
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This Fight Is Our Fight

by Elizabeth Warren

Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom
A superb account of two men who set standards for defending liberal democracy that remain disturbingly out of reach.
Kirkus

Churchill and Orwell

by Thomas E. Ricks

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy
A book that provides illuminating ways to make headway through the days when there doesn't seem to be a way forward.
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Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg

The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis--and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance
Sasse makes a host of debatable assertions, but he also makes a simple, sensible call for an informed electorate.
Kirkus

The Vanishing American Adult

by Ben Sasse

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.
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On Tyranny

by Timothy Snyder

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

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined
...his vision of “civilized” societies triumphing over humanity’s murderous impulses would be more credible if highly developed countries had not developed so many weapons capable of destroying all life on Earth several times over.
Publishers Weekly


The Better Angels of Our Nature

by Steven Pinker

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

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