Week of 08 Jul 2018
Kitchen Confidential
There are very few books which all professional cooks should read but this is one.

Kitchen Confidential

by Anthony Bourdain

Most of "Calypso" is funny, of course. Sedaris discourses on Fitbit addiction, the difficulty of getting a surgeon to give you a tumor so you can feed it to a snapping turtle, and the insults people around the globe hurl at drivers who cut them off in traffic...
Star Tribune


by David Sedaris

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

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 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

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

Trump's America: The Truth about Our Nation's Great Comeback

No Critic Review

Trump's America

by Newt Gingrich

The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row
...poverty, and fear played in creating a deeply biased criminal justice system that punishes the poor and people of color. Stevenson (Just Mercy, 2014) provides a powerful foreword. A heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about truth, justice, and the need for criminal justice reform.

The Sun Does Shine

by Anthony Ray Hinton

Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter, and Trump
Part of Pfeiffer’s motivation in writing is to encourage voters—especially millennials—“to knock the GOP upside the head and convince them that they have to abandon not just Trump but Trumpism...A nostalgic look back and hopeful look forward.

Yes We Can

by Dan Pfeiffer

Things That Matter: Three Decades of Passions, Pastimes, and Politics
Krauthammer's interest in world championship chess and mathematics helps him ably convey the magic of the convergence of science and art in monumental expressions of man's political concerns and strivings...A sparkling collection that frames each of the particular contributions anew.

Things That Matter

by Charles Krauthammer

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
The question of how it got so far — more than 800 employees and a paper valuation of $9 billion — will fascinate business school classes for years. The first line of defense should have been the board, and its failure was shocking.
NY Times

Bad Blood

by John Carreyrou

Born Trump: Inside America’s First Family
High-level gossip of a kind, but a well-sourced, train wreck–fascinating look at the makings of Clan Trump, “so uniquely suited for the second decade of the twenty-first century and its fame-obsessed, money-hungry, voracious twenty-four-hour cycle of a culture.”

Born Trump

by Emily Jane Fox

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

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

Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency

No Critic Review

Lincoln's Last Trial

by Dan Abrams