Week of 01 Apr 2018
Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
If you’re puzzled why the sitting president isn’t going after the Russians for election tampering and other bad behavior, this is just the book to explain.

Russian Roulette

by Michael Isikoff

Educated: A Memoir
We learn about a third of the way through the book that she kept journals, but she is a bit vague about a few things...An astonishing account of deprivation, confusion, survival, and success.


by Tara Westover

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

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

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

Bachelor Nation: Inside the World of America's Favorite Guilty Pleasure

No Critic Review

Bachelor Nation

by Amy Kaufman

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
I thoroughly enjoyed Skin in the Game and that I strongly recommend it. But if you are new to Taleb's work, you shouldn't start with this book. It will make more sense and you'll get more out of it if you're already familiar with Taleb's core ideas...

Skin in the Game

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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


by Yuval Harari

A Brief History of Time
Hawking's discovery that black holes emit particles caused great excitement among astronomers...The merit of this book is Hawking's ability to make these ideas graspable by the lay reader.
Publishers Weekly

A Brief History of Time

by Stephen Hawking

I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer
Her dogged reporting makes “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark” both hard to read and hard to put down. The accounts from survivors are nightmarish and the crime scenes of the homicide victims are disturbing.
Star Tribune

I'll Be Gone in the Dark

by Michelle McNamara

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

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

The Last Black Unicorn

No Critic Review

The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

Born a Crime
Having thoroughly mined his South African upbringing in his standup comedy and monologues on The Daily Show, Noah here tells the whole story in this witty and revealing autobiography.
Publishers Weekly

Born a Crime

by Trevor Noah

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Gawande uses his father’s powerful story to explore the concept of shared ­decision-making in medicine — the idea that the ideal modern doctor should be neither paternalistic nor informative but rather interpretive, helping patients determine their priorities and achieve them.
NY Times

Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande