Week of 28 Jan 2018
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

The Last Black Unicorn

No Critic Review

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.
NPR

NPR

Promise Me, Dad

by Joe Biden

When Breath Becomes Air
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity.
Kirkus

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi