Week of 09 Jul 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

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate
...though he allows that Republicans “are just awful,” he also holds that Democrats have to accommodate the fact that they exist and try to get things done with them—all except maybe Ted Cruz. Here’s how the sausage is made on Capitol Hill—and in Franken’s case, made with a smile.
Kirkus

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.
Kirkus

I Can't Make This Up

by Kevin Hart

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.
Kirkus

Hue 1968

by Mark Bowden

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.
Kirkus

Hunger

by Roxane Gay

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

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.
Kirkus

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

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.
Kirkus


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.
Kirkus


Option B

by Sheryl Sandberg

The Glass Castle
Walls’s journalistic bare-bones style makes for a chilling, wrenching, incredible testimony of childhood neglect. A pull-yourself-up-by-the-bootstraps, thoroughly American story
Kirkus


The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

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