Week of 03 Jun 2018
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
The author’s evenhanded but generally positive approach shoos away scaremongering while fully recognizing that we’re out in the tall grass...A trip well worth taking, eye-opening and even mind-blowing.

How to Change Your Mind

by Michael Pollan

A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies, and Leadership
What “A Higher Loyalty” does give readers are some near-cinematic accounts of what Comey was thinking when, as he’s previously said, Trump demanded loyalty from him during a one-on-one dinner at the White House...
NY Times

A Higher Loyalty

by James Comey

Three Days in Moscow: Ronald Reagan and the Fall of the Soviet Empire

No Critic Review

Three Days in Moscow

by Bret Baier

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

In fairness to Itzkoff, it’s this very will-o’-the-wisp quality that makes Williams a tricky man to pin down. “Robin” is as definitive an account as we’re ever likely to have of the man, but, like the shape-shifting genie he voiced in Disney’s “Aladdin,” Williams was not entirely of this earth, and a part of him will always elude capture.
NY Times


by Dave Itzkoff

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.

Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

I Love Capitalism!: An American Story
In "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," the book she was working on when she died, McNamara was smart enough to recognize her own obsession and make it part of the story she tells.
LA Times

I Love Capitalism!

by Ken Langone

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

The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels
The book concludes with some worthy injunctions about getting active in politics, rejecting tribalism and respecting facts. But these fail to convey the profound depth of the crisis.
NY Times

The Soul of America

by Jon Meacham

Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
For skeptics who believe that all the archives have long been plundered and all the literary treasures of the past have already been published, Barracoon will be a conversion experience.



by Zora Neale Hurston

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Much of Sapiens is extremely interesting, and it is often well expressed. As one reads on, however, the attractive features of the book are overwhelmed by carelessness, exaggeration and sensationalism.


by Yuval Noah Harari

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

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

Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs

No Critic Review

Measure What Matters

by John Doerr

War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence
Those omissions are in themselves telling, since they reflect a deeper challenge...what look like necessary compromises at the negotiating table become ripe targets for political attack when diplomats come home and present uncertain promises and half-measures to a public that prefers silver bullets and sweeping principles.
NY Times

War on Peace

by Ronan Farrow