Week of 29 May 2016
Hamilton

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Hamilton

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

When Breath Becomes Air
A moving meditation on mortality by a gifted writer whose dual perspectives of physician and patient provide a singular clarity.
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When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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Grit

by Angela Duckworth

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

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Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight

Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor

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Red Platoon

by Clinton Romesha

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself

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The Big Picture

by Sean Carroll

The Wright Brothers (The Diaries)
McCullough marvels at their success despite a lack of college education, technical training, “friends in high places” or “financial backers”—they were just boys obsessed by a dream and determined to make it reality. An educational and inspiring biography of seminal American innovators.
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The Wright Brothers

by David McCullough

Between the World and Me
...eloquent memoir as a letter to his teenage son, bearing witness to his own experiences and conveying passionate hopes for his son’s life.
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Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates

My Word Is My Bond: A Memoir

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My Word Is My Bond

by Sir Roger Moore

The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital
Cuts in nursing staff have led to impossible patient loads and long hours with no time to eat or briefly rest. Robbins ends the book with a chapter on advice for hospitals, the public, and aspiring and experienced nurses, with suggestions for ameliorating some problems. An insightful perspective on the realities of crucial health care providers.
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The Nurses

by Alexandra Robbins

The Rainbow Comes and Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love, and Loss
The takeaway for mother and son is a closeness they didn’t have before, and their interchanges might prompt readers to do the same with their own elderly parents, perhaps with the same outcome. Entertaining and thoughtful moments exchanged between a mother and son who have spent much of their lives in the spotlight.
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The Rainbow Comes and Goes

by Anderson Cooper

Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution

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Valiant Ambition

by Nathaniel Philbrick

Alexander Hamilton
Literate and full of engaging historical asides. By far the best of the many lives of Hamilton now in print, and a model of the biographer’s art.
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Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford

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Five Presidents

by Clint Hill

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics
...the Berlin Olympics were carefully orchestrated by propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels and filmed by Leni Riefenstahl to show the world the terrifying images of Aryan “purity” and Nazi supremacy. Yet for these American boys, it was an amazing dream. A touching, fairly uncomplicated portrayal of rowing legends.
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The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown

Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting
A welcome guide for new grandparents and their children looking to savor the joys and navigate the pitfalls of grandparenting.
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Becoming Grandma

by Lesley Stahl

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
Larson...once again demonstrates his expert researching skills and writing abilities, this time shedding light on nagging questions about the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7, 1915...An intriguing, entirely engrossing investigation into a legendary disaster.
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Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

Wonderful Tonight: George Harrison, Eric Clapton, and Me

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Wonderful Tonight

by Pattie Boyd

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By confronting the reality rather than pretending it can be beaten...the medical establishment can offer the kind of compassion that allows for more humane ways to die. As Gawande reminds readers, “endings matter.” A sensitive, intelligent and heartfelt examination of the processes of aging and dying.
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Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

Bettyville: A Memoir
...when he returned to Paris, it was with a greater acceptance of who he was: not the son Betty might have wanted or expected, but the son who would see her through the “strange days” of her final years of life. Movingly honest, at times droll, and ultimately poignant.
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Bettyville

by George Hodgman