Week of 30 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.
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Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Rediscovering Americanism: And the Tyranny of Progressivism
Levin does a wonderful job of mixing history, politics, philosophy, and conservatism into one book. It cannot be underestimated his importance to the conservative movement, and this book is a worthy piece to be placed in America’s future.
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Rediscovering Americanism

by Mark R. Levin

Dangerous

No Critic Review

Dangerous

by Milo Yiannopoulos

The Swamp: Washington's Murky Pool of Corruption and Cronyism and How Trump Can Drain It

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The Swamp

by Eric Bolling

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.
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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.
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Hue 1968

by Mark Bowden

Hamilton
For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.
NY Times

Hamilton

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Everything All at Once: How to unleash your inner nerd, tap into radical curiosity, and solve any problem
Just the vade mecum for the smart teenager in the family and eminently pleasing reading for grown-up nerds as well.
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Everything All at Once

by Bill Nye

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

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

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
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The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

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

Understanding Trump
Understanding Trump is one of those books that can be quickly pasted together and sold in an airport bookstore. This is a happy meal for those who voted for Trump in November. For the open-minded American who wants to understand our new president this is merely an appetizer.
NY Journal of Books

Understanding Trump

by Newt Gingrich

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

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