Week of 10 Sep 2017
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

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

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
While critical readers may take issue with the logic underlying some of his contentions, the author presents a well-organized, freshly conceived introduction to core concepts of Buddhist thought.
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Why Buddhism is True

by Robert Wright

Team of Rivals
Illuminating and well-written, as are all of Goodwin’s presidential studies; a welcome addition to Lincolniana.
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Team of Rivals

by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Devil's Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency
Behind the scenes and ripped from the headlines, Green’s saga exuberantly traces Trump’s wild ride to the presidency.
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Devil's Bargain

by Joshua Green

Scrappy Little Nobody
...in many ways Kendrick is a refreshing outlier. When she gives advice, such as how not to make eye contact with the press during film junkets, she displays real wit and comic timing on the page.
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Scrappy Little Nobody

by Anna Kendrick

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

Between the World and Me
...eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life.
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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

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.
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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.
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Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

Helga's Diary: A Young Girl's Account of Life in a Concentration Camp
Weiss’ moving eyewitness portrait adds a deepening to the understanding of the Jews’ plight during this horrific period in history.
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Helga's Diary

by Helga Weiss

The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left

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The Big Lie

by Dinesh D'Souza

Just Mercy
A distinguished NYU law professor and MacArthur grant recipient offers the compelling story of the legal practice he founded to protect the rights of people on the margins of American society...One of Stevenson’s first and most significant cases involved a black man named Walter McMillian...Emotionally profound, necessary reading.
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Just Mercy

by Bryan Stevenson

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Writing with wit and verve, Harari, professor of history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth...Harari is provocative and entertaining but his expansive scope only allows him to skim the surface.
Publishers Weekly


Sapiens

by Yuval Harari