Week of 25 Feb 2018
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
Most books of this sort appear later in a president’s tenure, or even after its end, not before the one-year anniversary. But then again, Mr. Trump’s White House has burned through staff so quickly that the usual patterns have accelerated dramatically.
NY Times


Fire and Fury

by Michael Wolff

All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderers' Row
A blend of gore, fame, and voyeurism is a compelling mixture in our violent, fame-obsessed society. There is also a reason why the genre has a reputation for gratuitousness. A middling true-crime saga that fails to answer a significant question: Why?
Kirkus

All-American Murder

by James Patterson

Murder Beyond the Grave (James Patterson's Murder Is Forever)

No Critic Review

Murder Beyond the Grave

by James Patterson

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

Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved
An inspiring story of finding faith—in God, in family, and in oneself—while walking close to the Valley of the Shadow of Death.
Kirkus

Everything Happens for a Reason

by Kate Bowler

So You Want to Talk About Race
Action includes pressing for reform in schools, unions, and local governments...A clear and candid contribution to an essential conversation.
Kirkus

So You Want to Talk About Race

by Ijeoma Oluo

The Last Black Unicorn

No Critic Review

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic
Evenhanded, ideologically consistent, and guaranteed to generate a slew of angry tweets should a copy land at the White House.
Kirkus

Trumpocracy

by David Frum

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...
Guardian

Obama

by Pete Souza

Directorate S: The C.I.A. and America's Secret Wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan
In this era of fake news, Coll remains above it all, this time delivering an impeccably researched history of “diplomacy at the highest levels of government in Washington, Islamabad, and Kabul.”
Kirkus

Directorate S

by Steve Coll

Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of US Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan
In the final pages Stanton admits that America squandered this dazzling triumph. Happily proclaiming victory, the administration turned its attention elsewhere as Afghanistan descended into chaos from which the Taliban emerged again to control most of the country. Dumbed-down history delivered in purple prose.
Kirkus


Horse Soldiers

by Doug Stanton

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

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

How Democracies Die
The value of this book is the context it provides, in a style aimed at a concerned citizenry rather than fellow academics, rather than in the consensus it is not likely to build.
Kirkus


How Democracies Die

by Steven Levitsky

Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression – and the Unexpected Solutions
In a sure-to-be-controversial book, Hari delivers a weighty, well-supported, persuasive argument against treating depression pharmaceutically.
Kirkus


Lost Connections

by Johann Hari