Week of 26 Apr 2015
The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House

No Critic Review

The Residence

by Kate Andersen Brower

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West

No Critic Review

Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies

by Bill O'Reilly

American Sniper
This aggressively written account of frontline combat, with plenty of action and technical nitty-gritty, should appeal to conservative readers and military buffs.
Kirkus


American Sniper

by Chris Kyle with Scott McEwen and Jim DeFelice

A Fine Romance
More settled than the peripatetic Malle, Rose not only offered the actress entree among the New York City social elite, he also brought her the next great challenge of her life: learning how to appreciate a life genuinely lived in tandem. A glamorously bittersweet showbiz memoir.
Kirkus

A Fine Romance

by Candice Bergen

Unbroken
Alternately stomach-wrenching, anger-arousing and spirit-lifting—and always gripping.
Kirkus


Unbroken

by Laura Hillenbrand

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
“David and Goliath,” ... is at once deeply repetitive and a bewildering sprawl. There are chapters, especially toward the end, whose relation to the rest of the book are hard to ascertain, even with his constant guidance
NY Times


David and Goliath

by Malcolm Gladwell

A Curious Mind
Academy Award–winning film and TV producer Grazer ranks curiosity with innovation and creativity as keys to shaping a successful career and a happy life...An appealing argument for maintaining open-minded receptivity, with special appeal for film buffs.
Kirkus


A Curious Mind

by Brian Grazer

Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney's 32 On-Screen Rejections

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Going Off Script

by Giuliana Rancic

Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
Perhaps the authors assume that many of their readers will have already digested Isaacson’s version of these events. Even so, it does add to the impression that this revisionist history is a little too protective of its subject.
Financial Times


Becoming Steve Jobs

by Brent Schlender

So That Happened: A Memoir

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So That Happened

by Jon Cryer

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.
Kirkus

Dead Wake

by Erik Larson

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.
Kirkus

The Boys in the Boat

by Daniel James Brown


Wild : From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
A candid, inspiring narrative of the author’s brutal physical and psychological journey through a wilderness of despair to a renewed sense of self.
Kirkus

Wild

by Cheryl Strayed

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape
...even the help of well-credentialed write...does not save the book from a limping prose...
Kirkus


Beyond Belief

by Jenna Miscavige Hill

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.
Kirkus


Being Mortal

by Atul Gawande

Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's
The view from inside this little-understood disorder offers both cold comfort and real hope, which makes it an exceptionally useful contribution to the literature.
Kirkus

Look Me in the Eye

by John Elder Robison

Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
Modest and, at times, disarmingly blunt, Norris distils wisdom, anecdotes, and plain “comma” sense in almost equal measure, often winding family stories and office politics...Her witty take on the puzzles of punctuation...is, to use one of her own descriptions, a “big-ass” delight.
NY Journal of Books

Between You & Me

by Mary Norris

Forgiveness: A Memoir

No Critic Review

Forgiveness

by Chiquis Rivera

Yes Please
She has written a happy, angst-free memoir with stories told without regret or shame; rather, Poehler provides a series of lessons learned about achieving success through ambition and a resolute spirit...A wise and winning—and polite—memoir and manifesto.
Kirkus


Yes Please

by Amy Poehler

H is for Hawk
An inspired, beautiful and absorbing account of a woman battling grief—with a goshawk...Writing with breathless urgency that only rarely skirts the melodramatic, Macdonald broadens her scope well beyond herself to focus on the antagonism between people and the environment.
Kirkus

H is for Hawk

by Helen Macdonald