Week of 29 Jul 2018
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

Calypso
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

Calypso

by David Sedaris

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

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.
Guardian

Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

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.
Kirkus


How to Change Your Mind

by Michael Pollan

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.
Kirkus


Hillbilly Elegy

by J. D. Vance

Quiet
An intriguing and potentially life-altering examination of the human psyche that is sure to benefit both introverts and extroverts alike.
Kirkus


Quiet

by Susan Cain

Kitchen Confidential
There are very few books which all professional cooks should read but this is one.
Guardian

Kitchen Confidential

by Anthony Bourdain

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.
Kirkus

Things That Matter

by Charles Krauthammer

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

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

The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin and His Spies Are Undermining America and Dismantling the West
The author wraps up his case with a provocative declaration that will occasion divisions all on its own...A convincing and alarming—and perhaps alarmist—cry that treason is afoot.
Kirkus

The Plot to Destroy Democracy

by Malcolm Nance

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