Week of 07 Jan 2018
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

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

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

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

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Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans

by Brian Kilmeade

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.

Killers of the Flower Moon

by David Grann

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

The Last Black Unicorn

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The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

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

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

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

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

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

Let Trump Be Trump: The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency
For political junkies already starting to pick up the first trickle of Trump books, this is a basic text.

Let Trump Be Trump

by Corey R. Lewandowski

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

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