Week of 19 Nov 2017
Leonardo da Vinci
Totally enthralling, masterful, and passionate, this book should garner serious consideration for a variety of book prizes.
Kirkus


Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America's Destiny

No Critic Review

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

by Brian Kilmeade

Grant
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

Grant

by Ron Chernow

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.
NPR


What Happened

by Hillary Rodham Clinton

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

Martin Luther: The Man Who Rediscovered God and Changed the World
A meaty autobiography of the Reformation leader...Perfect for lay readers who want something more than a mere introduction to Luther.
Kirkus


Martin Luther

by Eric Metaxas

What Does This Button Do?: An Autobiography
My only disappointment with the book is that he purposefully did not write about his relationships or children. I was so curious to read about the lucky lady who married him, but Bruce doesn’t owe us anything so I’ll take what I can get.
Alternative Control

What Does This Button Do?

by Bruce Dickinson

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

Bobby Kennedy: A Raging Spirit
Historian Arthur Schlesinger described Bobby as “a romantic stubbornly disguised as a realist,” a judgment that Matthews underscores. A brisk, admiring portrait that burnishes the Kennedy image.
Kirkus

Bobby Kennedy

by Chris Matthews

Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life
The description of the crushing reality of their grandfather’s descent into Alzheimer’s disease is particularly heartbreaking, but the twins’ sisterly love is evident throughout.
Kirkus

Sisters First

by Jenna Bush Hager

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

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.
Kirkus

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.
Kirkus

We Were Eight Years in Power

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

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

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.
Kirkus

Endurance

by Scott Kelly