Week of 23 Sep 2018
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


Sapiens

by Yuval Harari

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

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure
For all their self-conscious reasonableness, and their promises that CBT can master negative emotion, Lukianoff and Haidt often seem slightly hurt.
Guardian

The Coddling of the American Mind

by Greg Lukianoff

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

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

21 Lessons for the 21st Century
The best reason not to throw this book out of the window is that, occasionally, Harari writes a paragraph that is genuinely mind-expanding.
Guardian

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

by Yuval Noah Harari

The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
McCain’s impending death gives this book’s résumé of “great fights” its urgency and, yes, its gravity. Its mood is grim
Guardian

The Restless Wave

by John McCain

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

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
Not your grandpa’s self-help book, but Duckworth’s text is oddly encouraging, exhorting us to do better by trying harder, and a pleasure to read.
Kirkus


Grit

by Angela Duckworth

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