Week of 03 Dec 2017
Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
It's hard not to feel for Biden, who exudes humanity throughout the book. He lays bare his emotions and vulnerabilities at losing a son with so much promise, which is made even more difficult by the understanding that Biden has faced unthinkable tragedy before.


Promise Me, Dad

by Joe Biden

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

Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House
In a memoir replete with profanity, Brazile’s post-election mindset might boil down to this: “You know, fuck ’em.” A messy, self-serving rationalization of one of the biggest debacles in recent American political history.


by Donna Brazile

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

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

God, Faith, and Reason

No Critic Review

God, Faith, and Reason

by Michael Savage

What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
A full-throated celebration of the national spirit and its potential to persevere in spite of dangers foreign and domestic.

What Unites Us

by Dan Rather

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

Obama: An Intimate Portrait
Souza’s book will speed Obama’s passage to secular sanctity. No wonder-working feats need to be proved, as they must be before Catholic saints are beatified...


by Pete Souza

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.

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.

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

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

Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology
Remini is one of the few who have experienced the cultlike world of Scientology from a variety of vantage points...Inside reports like this don’t come around often, and they’re worth reading when they do.
Entertainment Weekly


by Leah Remini

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