Week of 27 Nov 2016
Killing the Rising Sun: How America Vanquished World War II Japan
Readers of history will have learned the same lessons from John Dower's Embracing Defeat or Richard Frank's Downfall, two of many rich accounts of the war against Japan. But that's not O'Reilly's way; he views history as another lens through which he can view himself. It's time for the killing to stop.
USA Today

Killing the Rising Sun

by Bill O'Reilly

The Magnolia Story

No Critic Review

The Magnolia Story

by Chip Gaines

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.
Kirkus

Alexander Hamilton

by Ron Chernow

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History
“Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History” draws from numerous government documents, private letters and personal diaries kept by participants in the various incidents. It, of course, tells in a lot more detail the events just touched upon in this review.
Look At OKC

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates

by Brian Kilmeade

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World
This sparkling, wise, and immediately useful gift to readers from two remarkable spiritual masters offers hope that joy is possible for everyone even in the most difficult circumstances, and describes a clear path for attaining it.
Publishers Weekly

The Book of Joy

by Dalai Lama

Filthy Rich

No Critic Review

Filthy Rich

by James Patterson

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

When Breath Becomes Air

by Paul Kalanithi

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo
Though the narrative sometimes lacks the literary appeal that distinguishes books from live comedy—and some readers might want to put it down and watch her show instead—it’s consistently funny and highly readable...A hilarious and effective memoir from a woman with zero inhibitions.
Kirkus


The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

by Amy Schumer

The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries From a Secret World
He hopes the day will come “when the language of trees will eventually be deciphered.” Until then, Wohllenben’s book offers readers a vivid glimpse into their secret world.
Publishers Weekly

The Hidden Life of Trees

by Peter Wohlleben

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
...For her, America’s landless farmers and precarious workers are by default white...Thus we get a history of class in America that ­discusses white tenant farmers at length, but scarcely mentions black sharecroppers or Mexican farmworkers...
NY Times


White Trash

by Nancy Isenberg

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

Born to Run
Springsteen is gentle with those who treated him poorly—and one imagines those “rah-rahs” of the Jersey Shore writhing in shame each day at the memory—but generous with love for friends and listeners alike. A superb memoir by any standard, but one of the best to have been written by a rock star.
Kirkus


Born to Run

by Bruce Springsteen

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms
Some may take issue with Tebow's simplistic affirmations of faith (including seeing God in coincidence); others will see them as the book's greatest strength. All readers will be won over by Tebow's dedication and perseverance, and admire him for staying true to service-oriented Christianity through a quite unconventional life.
Publishers Weekly

Shaken

by Tim Tebow

Hamilton
For those who may not get into the theater for a while, if ever, “Hamilton: The Revolution,” a lavishly illustrated new companion book, can help ease the pain.
NY Times

Hamilton

by Lin-Manuel Miranda

Love Warrior: A Memoir
Though the memoir sometimes reads like a self-help book rather than a narrative, it nevertheless tells a compelling story about self-discovery and the nature of mature love.
Kirkus

Love Warrior

by Glennon Doyle Melton

Upstream: Selected Essays
Hold “Upstream” in your hands, and you hold a miracle of ravishing imagery and startling revelation.
Star Tribune

Upstream

by Mary Oliver

Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right
Hochschild is a brilliant sociologist and a great teacher, able to explain complex ideas in lucid, logical prose. But to get alienated parties over this very high empathy wall, she has to be a great human being, too.
Star Tribune

Strangers in Their Own Land

by Arlie Russell Hochschild

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

No Critic Review

A Perfect Union of Contrary Things

by Maynard James Keenan

The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
...“most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration”—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.
Publishers Weekly

The New Jim Crow

by Michelle Alexander

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.
Kirkus


Between the World and Me

by Ta-Nehisi Coates