Week of 16 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
...it’s certainly reassuring that there are politicians like Senator Franken, who are willing to make this personal sacrifice; willing to learn the ropes and play the game, because they genuinely care about improving the lives of their fellow Americans.
NY Journal of Books

Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken

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

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
Roxane Gay’s luminous new memoir, “Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body,” is a profound example of this theory in praxis. An uncompromising look at the specific, often paradoxical details of her embodiment, the book examines the experience of living in her body in the world as through a kaleidoscope from every angle...
NY Times

Hunger

by Roxane Gay

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

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

Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002)
It could be dull, but instead it's mesmerizing, like watching spinning chickens. Since many of the things he describes happen in his stories, reading Theft by Finding feels like watching a favorite play from behind the scenes, in the company of a friend who can identify what is absurd and heartbreaking and human about every person on stage.
NPR


Theft by Finding

by David Sedaris

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

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks
Skloot's meticulous, riveting account strikes a humanistic balance between sociological history, venerable portraiture and Petri dish politics.
Kirkus

The Immortal Life Of Henrietta Lacks

by Rebecca Skloot