Week of 05 Nov 2017
Leonardo da Vinci
Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes.

Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Chernow’s gracefully written biography, which promises to be the definitive work on Grant for years to come, is fully equal to the man’s remarkable story.
Star Tribune


by Ron Chernow

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
It’s fascinating stuff, a tale of aches and pains, of boredom punctuated by terror and worries about what’s happening in the dark and back down on Earth. A worthy read for space buffs, to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars.


by Scott Kelly

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President
As with most anti-Trump books, this one will shore up the opinions of those already convinced of his lack of fitness for the job but won’t change the minds of his supporters, the vast majority of whom won’t read it.

The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump

by Bandy X. Lee

Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything
Despite unrelenting whimsy, the authors provide solid, well-thought-out, useful information on cutting-edge technology.


by Kelly Weinersmith

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.

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

No Critic Review

The Autobiography of Gucci Mane

by Gucci Mane

Where the Past Begins: A Writer's Memoir
Where the Past Begins ends with hummingbirds flying past Tan’s office window, a reminder that she, too, is the author of a wonderful birdsong. This book is a gift that feeds those who wish to sing and long to write.
NY Journal of Books

Where the Past Begins

by Amy Tan

Killing England: The Brutal Struggle for American Independence (Bill O'Reilly's Killing Series)
In an age of the deconstruction of history and the portrayal of biblical Christianity as detrimental to modern America, this book offers some sanity in preserving the history of the American Revolution. For non-historians like myself, it is a good read.
The Aquila Report

Killing England

by Bill O'Reilly

What Happened
But ultimately, it reads like a book she had to write, audience be damned — a book written out of exasperation...But here's what the book is not: It's not newsy.

What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True
...some will wish that the author explored many of these issues further, and those unfamiliar with her work in film and on TV will find some of her references obscure.

We're Going to Need More Wine

by Gabrielle Union

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
Although Coates subtitles the book “An American Tragedy,” he allows a ray of hope for “a resistance intolerant of self-exoneration, set against blinding itself to evil.” Emotionally charged, deftly crafted, and urgently relevant essays.

We Were Eight Years in Power

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.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Same Kind of Different As Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together
A beautiful story that warms and wrenches the heart; you’ll want tissues on hand for this one.
Blog Critics

Same Kind of Different As Me

by Ron Hall

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

The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls