Week of 02 Jul 2017
Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
The position-paper material — global warming, for instance, and the health care arguments that have been aired to exhaustion — take up a good deal of space and are strictly for true believers, although Sen. Franken tries to keep people awake by interjecting jokes and wisecracks.
Washington Times

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken

I Can't Make This Up: Life Lessons
...the tales about how he learned these things sometimes render the breakdowns at the ends of the sections unnecessary. But Hart is an incredibly magnetic storyteller, on the page as he is onstage, and that’s what shines through here. The book could have been trimmed by about 50 pages, but Hart is a genial, entertaining guide to a life in comedy.

I Can't Make This Up

by Kevin Hart

Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body
The author continues her healing return from brokenness and offers hope for others struggling with weight, sexual trauma, or bodily shame. An intense, unsparingly honest portrait of childhood crisis and its enduring aftermath.


by Roxane Gay

Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam
One of the best books on a single action in Vietnam, written by a tough, seasoned journalist who brings the events of a half-century past into sharp relief.

Hue 1968

by Mark Bowden

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.

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

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.

On Tyranny

by Timothy Snyder

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.

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.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
While Sedaris’ career took flight during the period this book captures, success didn’t change him much; it just introduced him to a broader swath of the world to observe and satirize...A surprisingly poignant portrait of the artist as a young to middle-aged man.

Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris

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.

Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg

The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For
His faith in the country is touching, and this book is a gift (and not just a last-minute one for your nephew, either).


The American Spirit

by David McCullough