Week of 04 Mar 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

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

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.

Everything Happens for a Reason

by Kate Bowler

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

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

Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose
It’s to Biden’s credit that you don’t really question these anecdotes. He may be a bit excitable, a bit of a windbag. But anyone who’s ever covered Congress (I did, for a while) can discern on the page what was discernible in real life...
NY Times

Promise Me, Dad

by Joe Biden

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

The Last Black Unicorn

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The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
For those inclined to believe that the end is not nigh and who would like to keep up with recent science, this book is a…well, not a godsend, but a gift all the same.

Enlightenment Now

by Steven Pinker

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?

All-American Murder

by James Patterson

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire®
Filled with revealing information from the participants, intriguing tidbits, and show trivia, this compendium will have fans scurrying back to their DVD sets.

All the Pieces Matter

by Jonathan Abrams

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.

Horse Soldiers

by Doug Stanton

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.

Lost Connections

by Johann Hari

Wallis in Love: The Untold Life of the Duchess of Windsor, the Woman Who Changed the Monarchy
Wallis never got her grand wedding, and Edward was cut off from pretty much everything and everyone British. One can easily project what sort of life they lived and the pathetic ends they met. Interesting tittle-tattle for royal watchers.

Wallis in Love

by Andrew Morton

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
...also notes points at which our culture is inefficient in its accommodation of people who move to different rhythms...Solid science backed by sensible action points—good airplane reading for business travelers.


by Daniel H. Pink