Week of 08 Apr 2018
Secret Empires: How the American Political Class Hides Corruption and Enriches Family and Friends

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Secret Empires

by Peter Schweizer

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.
Kirkus

Educated

by Tara Westover

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.
Kirkus

Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Pretty Mess

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Pretty Mess

by Erika Jayne

The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World

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The Triumph of Christianity

by Bart D. Ehrman

The Last Black Unicorn

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The Last Black Unicorn

by Tiffany Haddish

In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History
The mayor of New Orleans, scion of an old progressive family, writes of the controversy surrounding his city’s removal of monuments to the Confederacy....A powerful, welcome manifesto in the cause of a new and better South—and a “better America.”
Kirkus

In the Shadow of Statues

by Mitch Landrieu

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.
Kirkus


Russian Roulette

by Michael Isikoff

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House
In short, even discounting for hearsay and exaggeration, the Trump in Fire and Fury seems utterly plausible save for those who have chosen not to believe their own lying eyes.
National Review Online


Fire and Fury

by Michael Wolff

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

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.
Kirkus


Enlightenment Now

by Steven Pinker

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

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

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