Week of 01 Oct 2017
What Happened

No Critic Review

What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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

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

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

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Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

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.
Kirkus

Why Buddhism is True

by Robert Wright

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

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

Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History

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Unbelievable

by Katy Tur

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

Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History

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Fantasyland

by Kurt Andersen

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.
Kirkus

On Tyranny

by Timothy Snyder

Unstoppable: My Life So Far

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Unstoppable

by Maria Sharapova

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

The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story
A story that moves from thrilling to sobering, fascinating to downright scary—trademark Preston, in other words, and another winner.
Kirkus

The Lost City of the Monkey God

by Douglas Preston